Picture Book Highlights | Water

By Monica C. RSS Fri, August 12, 2022

Did you know that water makes up 71 percent of our world and is a vital component of all forms of life on Earth?

Look at a globe and you’ll see our continents surrounded by oceans. When seen from space, our planet looks blue due to all the water on its surface! Would you like to learn more about water? Start here!

Hey, water by Antoinette Portis

Hey, water! I know you! You're all around. Splash along with a spunky little girl who realizes that water is everywhere. But water doesn't always look the same, it doesn't always feel the same, and it shows up in lots of different shapes. And so the girl launches into a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, discovering it in nature, in weather, and even in herself.

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Water is water: a book about the water cycle by Miranda Paul; illustrated by Jason Chin

A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways.

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Almost nothing, yet everything: a book about water by Hiroshi Osada; illustrated by Ryoji Arai

Existing in myriad forms, containing multitudes in its reflection, and coursing through each and every one of us, water sustains the world around us—and life itself.  A lyrical moment between parent and child in a boat on a river unfolds into an examination of the water that surrounds them, and the nature and life sustained by it: "It’s only oxygen and hydrogen. Simple as could be, and yet nothing means more to life as we know it."

Agua, Aguita = Water, Little Water by Jorge Argueta; illustrated by Felipe Ugalde

With stunningly beautiful illustrations by Felipe Ugalde Alcántara that depict the mountains, rocks, vegetation and animals of the natural world, this poem about the importance of water reflects Argueta’s indigenous roots and his appreciation for nature. Containing the English and Spanish text on each page, the entire poem appears at the end in Nahuat, the language of Argueta’s Pipil-Nahua ancestors.

Nibi is water = Nibi aawon nbiish by Joanne Robertson

A first conversation about the importance of Nibi, which means water in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), and our role to thank, respect, love, and protect it. Babies and toddlers can follow Nibi as it rains and snows, splashes or rows, drips and sips.

Water land: land and water forms around our world by Christy Hale

This unique information book for the very young switches between bodies of water and corresponding land masses with the simple turn of a page. Readers will delight as the story unfolds and will see just how connected the earth and the water really are.

Water is also a precious resource and needs to be protected from pollution. And despite its abundance, access to fresh water is not guaranteed. Water scarcity is a reality in many parts of the world, while climate change is creating additional challenges. We all need to do our part to preserve our world!

Water princess by Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter Reynolds

With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.

Nibi’s water song by Sunshine Tenasco; illustrated by Chief Lady Bird

This bright and vivacious book from two Native creators celebrates the energy, moxie, and determination of water activists of all ages. When Nibi, an Indigenous girl, turns on the tap in her house, only mucky brown water comes out. That starts her on a search for clean water to drink. Though she must face polluted rivers, unfriendly neighbors, and her own temporary discouragement, Nibi's joyful energy becomes a catalyst for change and action as her community rallies around her to make clean drinking water available for all.

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We are water protectors by Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America.

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The water lady: how Darlene Arviso helps a thirsty Navajo Nation by Alice B. McGinty; illustrated by Shonto Bengay

Underneath the New Mexico sky, a Navajo boy named Cody finds that his family's barrels of water are empty. He checks the chicken coop-- nothing. He walks down the road to the horses' watering hole. Dry. Meanwhile, a few miles away, Darlene Arviso drives a school bus and picks up students for school. After dropping them off, she heads to another job: she drives her big yellow tanker truck to the water tower, fills it with three thousand gallons of water, and returns to the reservation, bringing water to Cody's family, and many, many others. Here is the incredible and inspiring true story of a Native American woman who continuously gives back to her community and celebrates her people.

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