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READING CORNER : Book recommendations about Water! Let's Dive in!

Updated: May 15, 2023

Water play can be splashes of fun at LCCC, however it is incredibly important we try our best to conserve water when possible!

In this blog we are sharing Book Recommendations that teach us about conserving water, protecting our waters, ocean species & exploration , water cycles and much more!

We are so fortunate to have clean, running water which can allow us to drink when we are thirsty, allow us to clean when dirty -like our hands to prevent the spread of viruses. We also are so fortunate to use it as a resource to learn through play.

Water is valuable and we acknowledge how fortunate we are to have access to it.


Written by: Carole Lindstrom

Illustrated by: Michaela Goade

We Are Water Protectors tells the story of a young Ojibwe girl and her people as they take on the "black snake" of an oil pipeline threatening their way of life.

Beautifully written by Carole Lindstrom, a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, and vividly illustrated by Michaela Goade, an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes who won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for the book—the first Indigenous artist to do so.


Written by:Barbara Shaw McKinney

Illustrated by: Michael S Maydak

Follow a drop of water on its natural voyage around the world, in clouds, as ice and snow, underground, in the sea, piped from a reservoir, in plants and even in an animal. The science of the water cycle and poetic verse come together and leave readers with a sense of connection to all living creatures.


Written by: Charles Ghignia

A fun poem that explores the wonderful world of water, reminding readers that it is important to keep water clean.


Written by: Joanne Robertson

Nibi is water and water is life.

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. Written from an Anishinaabe water protector’s perspective, the book is in dual language—English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe).


Written by: Anna Millbourne

Illustrated by: Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Discover our planet's precious coral reefs. Peep through holes and under flaps to discover the wonders of a coral reef. Find teeny-tiny camouflaged seahorses, an octopus in its den, and a wealth of other creatures that live on the reef.


Written by: Antoinette Portis

This picture book is more than an exploration of the water cycle-- it's a recognition of how important water is to everyone, around the world. Exploring the different ways water exists in the world-- ponds and puddles, snaking streams and garden hoses-- Hey, Water! is a celebration of the many ways we see and use water every day.


Written by: Laura Purdue Salas

Illustrated by: Violeta Dabija

In a look at the forms, functions and uses of water, Salas and Dabija turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. The simple text and spot-on rhymes belie the sophistication of the inherent message behind the verse―water is a life-giver. It creates the weather, quenches thirst, is a habitat for animals, helps the plants and trees grow, both cools and insulates, fights fires, soothes injuries and beautifies the Earth in myriad ways.


Written by:Da-jeong Yu

Illustrated by: Mi-ye Jeong

Simple text and colorful illustrations introduce readers to the Earth's water cycle, following the journey of water from the mists over the sea to the streams and river that flow back to the sea, with questions and a hands-on activity.


Written by: Monica Davis

Illustrated by: Romina Marti

Journey to the depths of the ocean and meet the animals that live at different levels of the sea. Comparisons to familiar objects give perspective and illustrated rulers show numeric distances of each depth range. Includes a map, glossary, and further resources

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