Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - Water ideas 4.19.17

Every Wednesday I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth
Rivers of Sunlight -
How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth
written by Molly Bang
illustrated by Penny Chisholm
published by The Blue Sky Press

I recently read Molly Bang's recent book in her Sunlight Series, Rivers of Sunlight.  This book focuses on how the sun moves the water on Earth through stages of the water cycle and goes into other weather patterns.

Here's the Goodreads summary:
In this brightly illustrated narrative, readers will learn about the constant movement of water as it flows around the Earth and the sun's important role as water changes between liquid, vapor, and ice. From sea to sky, the sun both heats and cools water, ensuring that life can exist on Earth. How does the sun keep ocean currents moving, and lift fresh water from the seas? And what can we do to conserve one of our planet's most precious resources?

Thinking about water and what an important resource it is, made me think about these books - a mix of fiction and nonfiction.

Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
Water is Water
by Miranda Paul

Raindrops Roll
Raindrops Roll
by April Pulley Sayre

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
by Rochelle Strauss

The Water Princess
The Water Princess
by Susan Verde

A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World
A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water Across the World
by Christine Jeronimo

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park

What books would you add to this list?


  1. This sounds like another good science book that adds to the learning about the water cycle. I would have loved to have had it when teaching, Michele. How about The boy Who Harnessed The Wind?

  2. I am excited to pick this one up to add to my own water resources. Thanks for sharing Michele!

  3. Great list! I have a few of these slated for a similar post on Friday. I loved Water Princess. We found that after reading A Long Walk to Water (kismet!). So important to explain to kids how much we take water for granted.

  4. It's all too easy for kids (and grownups!) to take water for granted in my area - it rains so often that it's easy to develop a false sense of security, and to forget that so much of the world struggles to get enough clean, safe water. These stories are a great way of helping kids gain a broader, global perspective. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love this set of books! Maybe you could add Swimming with Sharks or Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea, though those are really more about fascination with the ocean than about the water itself.