Where I’m from in the midwest, fishing, lakes, and cabins are big parts of many people’s childhood experiences. Gone Fishing explores one young boy’s excitement for a fishing trip with his family through many different kinds of poems. The poems work as stand-alones, or read as an entire story from beginning to end. Each poem is labeled (ballad, haiku, etc) throughout the book, so this book is also a great introduction to or inspiration resource for your beginning poets! If you happen to be looking for a way to get your fishing lover to pick up a book, this is the one for them.

Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Published 2013, Houghton Mifflin