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Books for Young People

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From the first time little hands happily splash in a bathtub filled with floating toys, children are fascinated with water. “What is this interesting thing called water?”

The selections below respond to their curiosities, opening the door to learning that’s a mixture of fun and usable information. From science to simple conservation practices, you’re never too young—or too old—to learn about the wonder that is water.

Check out these selections at your local school or public library:


Caillou: Every Drop Counts

Sarah Margaret Johanson
Caillou, 2011, 24pp.
Pre-K - Kindergarten

At daycare, Caillou learns about water conservation. Once at home, he looks for ways that he can save water. Because his suggestion of not taking any more baths is vetoed by Mommy, Caillou has to find other ways to conserve—every little drop adds up!



Lynn Stone
Rourke Publishing, 2004, 24pp.
Grades 1 - 3


This book contains bright full-page photographs and text that focus on North American wetlands, the animals that live in them, and how wetlands are changing.


Saving Water (Help the Environment)

Charlotte Guillain
Heinemann, 2008, 24pp.
Pre-K - Grade 1

This series introduces very young children to the concept of caring for the environment in an attractive and accessible way. Based on children's real-life experiences, the books focus on things children can do to help the environment and keep the world around us clean. In this book, children learn how we use water and ways to save water.


Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle

Miranda Paul
Roaring Brook Press, 2015, 40pp.
Grades 1 - 4
This poetic picture book follows a group of children as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle.


A Cool Drink of Water

Barbara Kerley
National Geographic Children's Books, 2006, 32pp.
Pre-K - Grade 2 

Full-page illustrations and minimal text present the global perspective that water is basic to all human life.


The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet 

Meredith Hooper
Viking Penquin Group, 1998, 32pp.
Grades 1 - 4

This is the story of a drop of water, told by a gifted science writer and illustrated with remarkable paintings. Meredith Hooper takes us back thousands of years to see where the Earth's water came from, and how life began in the oceans and later moved onto land. She describes the water cycle, the relationship between water and living things, and between water and erosion. She also discusses important environmental issues and provides a fascinating collection of water facts.


The Magic School Bus: Wet All Over: A Book About the Water Cycle

Joanna Cole
Scholastic Paperbacks, 1996, 32pp.
Pre-K - Grade 3

Instead of taking her class to the water park, Ms. Frizzle takes them on a wild ride through the water cycle. Join the class as they evaporate, condense, rain, and make their way back to the ocean—only to evaporate all over again!


The Water Cycle

Bobbie Kalman
Crabtree Publishing Co., 2006, 32pp.
Grades 2 - 4

A pleasing book to look at with colorful, glossy images on each page that will draw in young readers. Content is well organized with concepts explained and terms defined regarding water cycles, pollution, changes in temperature, and simple chemistry.


The Magic School Bus: At The Waterworks

Joanna Cole
Scholastic Press, 2004, 40pp.
Pre-K - Grade 3

Join Ms. Frizzle and her students as they follow the trail of water, from its sky-high source to the school bathroom sink on this wet and wild field trip.  


Water for All

Sally Morgan
Franklin Watts, Inc., 2000, 32pp.
Grades 3 - 5

With straightforward text and clear photographs, explanatory diagrams, and information, this book is an introduction to the importance of water in our environment.


All the Water in the World

George Ella Lyon (Author), Katherine Tillotson (Illustrator)
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2011, 40pp.
Grades Pre-K - Grade 3

A lively and inspiring poem weaves together facts about water and the need for water conservation. This book features eye-catching illustrations that immerse readers in the water cycle.


Flush: Treating Wastewater

Karen Mueller Coombs
The Lerner Publishing Group, 1995, 56pp. 
Grades 3 - 6

This book thoroughly describes how wastewater is treated, with humor. After stressing the importance of fresh water and its limited supply, the author highlights sanitation practices through the centuries and then looks at modern processes. This book contains clear explanations and high-quality photographs.


Down Comes the Rain

Franklyn Mansfield Branley
HarperCollins Publishers, 1997, 32pp.
Pre-K - Grade 3

This book provides a concise and informative look at the water cycle. The author provides a fundamental understanding of how water is recycled, how clouds are formed, and why rain and hail occur. Also included are hands-on activities that children can do in the classroom or at home.

Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share

Molly Bang
Blue Sky Press, 1997, 32pp.
Grades 3 - 7 A simple story of the Earth's natural resources with jewel-like paintings. Through the example of a shared village green and the growing needs of the townspeople who share it, the author presents the challenge of handling our planet's natural resources.


Keeping Water Clean

Helen Frost
Capstone Press, 2000, 24pp.
K - Grade 2

Simple text and photographs describe water pollution, how it spreads, and its effects.  


A World in a Drop of Water: Exploring with a Microscope

Alvin and Virginia Silverstein
Dover Publications, 1998, 64pp.
Grades 3 - 8

Describes the structure and characteristics of single-celled organisms such as amoebas, parameciums and other members of the "circus" that can be discovered in a drop of pond water. Discover the way these creatures live as you trace their path through the aquatic world.


Drinking Water

Helen Frost
Capstone Press, 2000, 24pp.
K - Grade 2 

Text and photographs show what water does in the body and why it's essential to our health. 


Where Did All The Water Go?

Carolyn Stearns
Tidewater Publishing, 1998, 32pp.
Grades 4 - 7

In this book, the author evokes the wonder of discovery of what happens on the Chesapeake Bay with tides, the wind, and the moon when weather factors are just right. Illustrations complement the text beautifully to create a timeless book.


The Water Hole

Graeme Base
Abrams, 2001, 32pp. 
K - Grade 3

This is a simple 1 to 10 counting book features familiar animals as they gather at a water hole deep in the forest; but their water supply is diminishing. Will the animals come back, or is their water source gone forever?


Science Book of Water

Neil Ardley
Harcourt Childrens Books, 1991, 29pp.
Grades 4 - 7

Illustrated with beautiful color photographs, this book contains activities and experiments designed to demonstrate the properties of water. Following the simple steps readers learn the basic principles of science.


Water, Water Everywhere

Mark Rauzon
Sierra Club Books for Children, 1995, 32pp.
K - Grade 4 

For children ages 5 to 8, this book describes the forms water takes, how it has shaped Earth and its importance to life. Stunning photographs depict the cycle of water from vapor to rain to steam.  

 Water- Science-Water-Fun

Water Science, Water Fun: Great Things to Do with H2O 

Noel & Phyllis Fiarotta 
Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated, 1996, 80pp.
Grades 4 - 7

This is a hands-on approach to the properties and forms of water. Clear explanations are followed by an outline for an activity to demonstrate the concept. Large, full-color drawings and descriptions of the expected results accompany each demonstration.


Water Power (Energy Forever?) 

Ian Graham
Raintree Stech-Vaughn Publishers, 1999, 48pp.
Grades 5 - 8

Learn about the historical uses of water as a source of energy. This book looks at the advantages and disadvantages, and new advances in harnessing water power.