Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all

I have been exploring the new B.C. curriculum drafts for Social Studies and thinking about what directions we might take in my Grade 2/3 class next year.

A few of the big ideas:

  • Local actions have global consequences, and global actions have local consequences.
  • Communities are interconnected with their natural environment

Some content items:

  • diverse features of the environment in other parts of Canada and the world
  • responsibilities of global citizenship
  • relationships between people and environment in different communities

All of these things (above) started me thinking about . . . water.

Access to water. Shortages of water. Water scarcity. Water as a human right.

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

I think there is so much to learn here. So many questions. Such a relevant and necessary topic. And of course, I immediately started making a book list. Here are titles I may share in my room this year. Other suggestions? Please share them in the comment section.

Through these books, I hope we can both learn about and celebrate all that is water.

Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin

Water Is Water- A Book About the Water Cycle Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Katherine Tillotson 

All-the-Water-in-the-World Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home by Michelle Mulder

 Every Last Drop Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley

 A Cool Drink of Water Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth written by Rochelle Strauss and illustrated by Rosemary Woods

One Well Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

Poetry (with a water theme):

Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas with illustrations by Violeta Dabija

Water Can Be Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

Songs of the Water Boatman written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange (pond life)

Songs of the Waterboatman Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs illustrated by Meilo So 

Water Sings Blue Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

Relevant biographies:

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A Nivola

Life in the Ocean Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Éric Puybaret 

manfish Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jaques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino 

Cousteau Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all There's a Book for That

Thanks to Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy for the inspiration to read and share more nonfiction picture books in 2015. Follow the link to Alyson’s blog to read about more nonfiction books you need to read!

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24 thoughts on “Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday: Water connects us all

  1. I still need to find the new Water Is Water, but know most of these, Carrie. It will be a great topic. A colleague last year did use ‘water’ for her class theme, and during that time we searched and found this list from Tricia-Stohr Hunt: http://bookishways.blogspot.com/2015/01/thematic-book-list-water-and-water-cycle.html. There are some that are different from yours, but some the same. I hope it will add to your search! I know I especially enjoyed the Pat Mora book, Water Rolls, Water Rises. Happy Hunting!

  2. You should also look at :

    Hope Springs by Eric Walters

    Great for communities around the world, sharing, building community etc. .

      • Both are great. I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk with Eric before he did a presentation for the older students at our school and get both my copies autographed. Looks like he has another book similar to Hope and Blessing but I can’t remember the title.

        Love all your posts and suggestions.

  3. My Kiddo lives in California where water is really scarce now because of the drought. I can really appreciate the value of water and the need to take care of it for the future. Books like these help kids understand water’s value, so thanks for sharing the lovely roundup of water related books.

    • I hope it can be a starting point for teachers/parents. But looking at all of these wonderful suggestions, I may be doing a part 2 list! We are experiencing a very dry summer here in Vancouver. I think this is an important and timely theme.

  4. Carrie, This is one of my favorite poetry books. It’s older, but I hope you can find it at your library.

    Splish splash : poems
    by Graham, Joan Bransfield.

    Publisher Ticknor & Fields, c1994

  5. You are such an angel! I’ve looking at books about the hydrosphere for teachers at dickens who are planning on studying this next fall. I’m acquainted with some of these, but some are new to me. My biggest challenge so far is finding materials for grades 5/6/7 filled with complex connections. Anyway I’m thankful for this list and will check them out.

    • So pleased this might be helpful Cheriee! It is a list more geared to primary as I will be teaching primary this year but great starting points and many people left great suggestions in the comment section. I also want to focus a lot on the social/political/global aspects of water – access, shortages, etc.

  6. Carrie, thanks for including WATER CAN BE… in your great roundup I have read all these books except the Nivola and Yaccarino ones (will remedy that soon!), and they are all fabulous. I made a short book trailer about WATER CAN BE… and my support of WaterAid (I donate 10% of my earnings from the book to WaterAid) at https://youtu.be/fSCj31deFqM. And I have several other videos, like the forms of water (see http://www.laurasalas.com/nonfiction/nfbks/water_vids.html). And teaching/reading guides, activity sheets, etc., at http://www.laurasalas.com/nonfiction/nfbks/water.html. Maybe one or more of these might be useful to your water unit.

    • You are so wonderful! Thank you for all of this. I just spent the morning reading A Long Walk to Water – so very emotional and am off to the library to pick up some titles that I requested to consider for purchase. This is all very helpful. I am very appreciative!

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