By Karen Williams
I’ve always been proud of the fact that my daughter loves to drink water! Ava is a teenager now, but from the time she was young, I instilled in her the value of this essential resource and talked about how vital water is for not only our bodies, but also our planet. We all know that our bodies are largely made of water, but did you know that 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water, as well?
March 22 is World Water Day, a day to celebrate and reflect on the importance this key molecule holds in our world. Here are 10 wonderful picture books to help you and your children learn about the world of water, and how crucial it is to keep this precious resource safe and abundant.
Make reading aloud more rewarding for the whole family.
In this book, children can learn how to save water in various ways. This book also helps with developing in them the habit of asking questions and finding answers to them, as well as helping them appreciate the natural world around us all.
The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel
Inspired by the life of supermodel Georgie Badiel, this story follows the path of a young girl who takes a daily trip to a well to bring water to her African village. She dreams of her village having clean water in the future. This story also highlights the troubles some places still face to this day in their quest to get clean, usable water for everyday use.
This poetic story takes a look at several landscapes across the world and highlights the many qualities of water within each culture. As a bonus, this book is available in both English and Spanish, supporting bilingual learning.
Follow along with Walter and his friend Willa as they see water all around them, and as they explore how water works through experimentation. There are also fun science experiments to try yourself, too!
This story follows a year-long look at a sister and brother duo as they learn about the many forms and uses of water. From rain, snow, and clouds to using water to grow plants and make food, readers learn about how versatile and useful water can be!
Join Ms. Frizzle’s class as they learn about the value of water…by shrinking down to the size of a raindrop and exploring the waterworks firsthand! The Magic School Bus books are favorites for science learning for good reason, and this title is no exception.
This vibrant book is perfect for young readers. Writing in poetic format, author Charles Ghigna touches on the importance of water in easily readable words.
This story-poem explores a world where there is no water to be found. Highlighting how difficult some things would be without water, this book shows how important it is to keep water clean and plentiful.
This book, fueled by National Geographic Photography, explores how cultures around the world utilize water. A great visual way for readers to learn about how different cultures use water, and its importance to all the people of Earth.
This book explores how people of the past learned the importance of having clean water, and how they came up with interesting ways to keep water clean and usable. There are also some fun facts about water conservation that you may not have known about!
Which water picture book did your child enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments!