When I was a boy, given the choice, I would have rather gone fishing than to the library. Reading was something I had to do at school. Summer was time for fun. You wouldn't catch me with a book in my hand June through August.
But looking back, I might have had a different attitude had somebody given me a book on a topic that I cared something about, such as fishing. I guess I was just born too early, because now, fishing kids can enjoy a new series of mysteries featuring their favorite pastime.
The Fishing Kids Series, written by Florida charter boat captain Mike Holliday, is geared for youngsters ages 6 to 10. Holliday, an outdoors writer who has also written several Florida fishing books geared toward adults, knows his audience. The 51-year-old father of three takes his offspring out in search of snook and tarpon every chance he gets.
My favorite if Holliday’s books, The Mystery of Porpoise Point, takes place in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The heroine, 11-year-old Coral Skye loves to fish and snorkel and once landed a 45-pound mahi-mahi. Each book, available here, has fewer than 100 pages, which makes them ideal to take along on a summer road trip, and costs $5.99.
The books are fun, informative and offer great life lessons, such as how to be a good steward for the environment and to appreciate all the great things that are free on this great planet Earth.