November 27

A DELUGE of WATER BOOKS by Nancy Bo Flood

Water moves.  Water changes shape and form.  Simple ideas but the enormous importance of the water cycle is hard to appreciate, as is the enormous importance of water.  Water is life.  You are water, at least two-thirds of you, even your bones and your brain!

I share with you a deluge of wonderful water books.  Fresh, drinkable clean water is becoming our most threatened resource. Let us learn and care about water.

Rain falls, puddles form, mud oozes down into the earth, water evaporates, condenses into rain, sleet or snow, and falls again – the water cycle.  But that is only the beginning, the “tip of the iceberg!”

Because water is such a shape-shifter and can become so many different forms – a gas, a liquid, a solid – water can move from ocean to desert, from frozen glacier to tropical sea, from your garden hose to my thirsty tomatoes.  And because it can change and move, water can be cleaned up.  The water we have is the only water we have. Since before the time of the dinosaurs, our supply of water has remained unchanged.

Several books present this information is lyrical, sensual ways for the younger reader:


Several delightful picture books present this information in lyrical, visual ways. Laura Purdie Salas’s WATER CAN BE illustrated by Violeta Dabija begins with a winter scene: “Water is water – it’s puddle, pond, sea, When springtime comes splashing, the water flows free.”


The magic of the water cycle nearly splashes off the pages of WATER ROLLS, WATER RISES, EL AGUARUEDA, EL AGUA SUBE written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Meilo So: “Blown by the wind, water sails high. Tumbling cloud plumes curl through the air. Slow into rivers, water slithers and snakes, through silent canyons at twilight and dawn.”


Don’t miss the tumbling, rolling picture book, ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD, written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Katherine Tillotson or the wonderful water-cycle book, WATER IS WATER, by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin, which shows the many forms water can take from summer puddles to autumn’s “Slosh in galoshes, Splash to your knees!” From winter’s “Glide, slide, put on the brakes! Ice is ice unless ….” to spring’s,  “Creep. Seep. Squish in your boots.”


For more “water” information, visit my website (www.nancyboflood) where you will also find discussion questions, activity guides, a reader’s theater, and further reading suggestions – nonfiction, poetry, and novels. Become water fluent about this life-sustaining resource.

More Books that Show or Describe the Water Cycle:

Asch, Frank, Water, Voyager Books, Harcourt, Inc., NY, 1995.

Hutchinson, Caroline,  The Water Cycle, Network Learning, Pelham, NY, 2011.

Locker, Thomas, Water Dance, Voyager Books, Harcourt, Inc., NY, 1997.

Waldman, Neil, The Snowflake, Millbrook Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2003.

Forms of Water Round the World:

Brimner, Larry Dane, Glaciers, Childrens Press, NY, 2000.

Gowan, Barbara, D Is for Desert, Sleeping Bear Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012.

Call to Action  (Water is Life; Walking for Water; Carrying Water; Wells of Water)
Shoveller, Herb, Ryan and Jimmy, Kids Can Press, Tonawanda, NY 2006.

Guillan, Charlotte, Saving Water, Heinemann Library, Chicago, IL., 2008.

Park, Linda Sue.  Long Walk to Water, Clarion Books, 2010.

Ganeri, Anita and Chris Oxlade, Down the Drain, Heinemann Library, Chicago, IL., 2005.

Strauss, Rochelle, One Well, Kids Can Press, Tonawanda, NY, 2007.

General Information: Water

Woodward, John, Water. DK Eyewitness Books, NY, 2009.

Flood, Nancy Bo. Water Runs Through This Book, Fulcrum Publishers, Golden, CO, 2015.

Asch, Frank, The Earth and I, Harcourt, Inc., NY, 1994.

Mason, Adrienne, Planet Ark, Kids Can Press, Tonawanda, NY, 2013.

Kerley, Barbara, A Cool Drink of Water, Scholastic, NY, 2002.

Stewart, Melissa, Water, National Geographic Kids, Washington, DC, 2014.

Water Treatment; Water Pollution

Newman, Patricia, Plastic Ahoy, Millbrook Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2014.

Cole, Joanna, The Magic Schoolbus at the Waterworks, Scholastic, NY, 1986.

Storms, Weather, Water Words

White, Dianne, illustrated by Beth Krommes. Blue on Blue, Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Martin, Bill Jr, and Archambault, John, Listen to the Rain, Henry Holt, NY, 1988.

MORE BOOKS – are listed in the Discussion Question Guide, located on my website  You will also find activity guides and hands-on projects for STEM curriculum with related writing ideas.  Lists include both WATER-themed novels and WATER-themed nonfiction.


Nancy Bo Flood writes and teaches on the Navajo Reservation where she hikes, bikes, and attends local rodeos. She is the author of several award-winning books including Warriors in the Crossfire, No-Name Baby, Cowboy Up, Ride the Navajo Rodeo, and, most recently, Water Runs Through This Book.

Nancy says about herself, one thing I have done my whole life is read books. I became a research psychologist and studied brain development at the University of Minnesota and also as a post-doctoral scientist at London University.  That might seem like a long way from writing books for kids, but it’s not.  Being a scientist taught me to observe and to look closely. Teaching in different countries taught me that as people, we may look and talk differently, but inside, we want the same things – we want family, friendships, and a place to belong.  We want to be successful at what we love to do. And people everywhere, we love a good story.  Read every day!