Here’s a list of picture books about water, with thanks to those around the world who love and protect waters that give us life and beauty. As Jacques Cousteau once said, "Protect what you love."
This holiday give the gift of water joys!
Hey Water by Antoinette Portis
(Neil Porter Books, 2019) Ages 4-8
A young girl revels in water, no matter where she finds it.
All the Water in the World
by George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011)
Imaginations will float around the curves of lazy rivers, vanish in evaporating drops of water, and drench mountains and deserts alike. Children will not only learn about the water cycle as they drift along it. They’ll also appreciate its most essential concept – there is only so much water.
The Earth Gives More
by Sara Fleiss & Christiane Engel ages 5-7
Albert Whitman & Company, coming out in 2019
This sweet rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be stewards of the Earth.
Salamander Sky by Katy Farber and Meg Soldano
Green Writers Press 2018
Share in the touches, sounds and sights as April waits for the salamanders. She’s standing by to help them make their annual trek on a rainy spring night.
Click to read my Goodreads review of this book!
A first Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton (Candlewick, Ages 3 -7)
The oceans call us to play, explore and dream. This is a book of poems that explores the mysteries of the oceans.
Water by Seymour Simon
(Harper Collins, 2017) Ages 6-10
A nonfiction photo essay picture book about the water cycle, precipitation, why we need water and more.
The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner
(DK Children, February 2019) Ages 5 and up.
This picture book explores marine animals and their habitats. Children will discover what they can do to help care for the sea.
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedinyer & the Coral Restoration Foundation, ages 6-9
by Kate Messner & Matthew Forsythe.
(Chronicle Books 2018)
A tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.
When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart
(Peachtree Publishing Company, 2013) 6-10 years
Lyrical and colorful, this picture book describes how various animals, including turtles, interact with their rain-soaked environments.
Water by Subhash Singh Vyam
(Tara Books, 2018) Ages 12 and up
A tale woven around a Gond fable about water and the importance of taking care of it.
Otis & Will Discover the Deep, Ages 4-8
Barb Rosenstock & Katherine Roy
Little Brown Books for Young Readers 2018
This is the suspenseful story of engineer Otis Barton and explorer Will Beebe, who were the first to journey into the depths of the ocean in 1930.
Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World
By Christy Hale (Roaring Brook Press, 2018)
Based on Montessori teachings and filled with bold, inviting illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again.
Water is Water, ages 6-10
by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin
Roaring Brook Press 2015
★ “A first-rate introduction to the water cycle for young readers.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
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