Today we have three wonderful new children’s books about water science and the water cycle. All three have been nominated for the 2015 Cybils award in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category.
First up we have a picture book for the youngest reader, Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre, which explores the science of raindrops in a uniquely beautiful way.
Raindrops Roll features April Pulley Sayre’s fabulous and fresh photographs of wet plants and critters, accompanied by verb-rich, poetic text that captures the very essence of rain.
In the main text, the reader learns that raindrops reflect, magnify and cling. In the two-page spread in the backmatter, the reader can explore “A Splash of Science” to understand more about what they see.
Young children will want to come back to Raindrops Roll again and again. Have a copy handy to read the next time you are trapped inside on a rainy day!
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Beach Lane Books; 1 edition (January 6, 2015)
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin explores the water cycle in way that is relatable for children.
Written for a bit older reader than the previous book, Miranda Paul’s spare but engaging story arc goes from familiar (getting a glass of water) to less familiar (forms of water/weather) and then returns to drinking water again (familiar).
Award-winning author and illustrator Jason Chin’s paintings of children doing everyday activities help bring the young reader in, as well.
As with the above book, there is a two page spread in the backmatter that helps children learn “More About Water.” In this case, the pages explain the vocabulary of the water cycle, from evaporation to seepage.
Pick up a copy of Water is Water to share with children ready to learn the basics of the water cycle. Perfect for young readers who prefer their nonfiction to look and sound like fiction.
Related: See our water cycle blog post for activity suggestions and information.
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (May 26, 2015)
Water Runs Through This Book by Nancy Bo Flood takes the study of water to the next level for middle grade readers.
Mixing stories, poems, quotations, and informational text, author Flood explores all aspects of water and its impact on our world. The topics are wide ranging, from the chemistry of water molecules to the geopolitics of water conservation. It reads somewhat like a folder of fascinating tidbits about water put together into a coherent collage.
The illustrations are color photographs by Jan Sonnenmair, supplemented with stock photographs and some diagrams.
Water Runs Through This Book would be a useful reference text to have on hand for a wide range of topics. It also would work well for young adults and even adults, as well as middle grades.
Related: Check Nancy Bo Flood’s website for a free 20-page activity guide to download (the link is currently in the right column under the heading “downloads.”)
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (August 25, 2015)
See our growing list of children’s books about the science of water and the water cycle.
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