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This page contains a
preliminary list of
children's literature and summaries that you may find useful with your lessons and
in your classrooms.
Future lists posted on this site will include recent titles selected as
Outstanding Children's Science Trade Books by the National Science
Teachers Association and in cooperation with the Children's Book Council.
The books currently included are divided into Fiction and Non-Fiction categories, with
sub-headings indicating themes such as river animals, river ecology,
If you know of books that you think could be featured here, please contact
by Brian Wildsmith, 1968. This book has 29 pages and contains mostly
pictures. The illustrations of
different fish are very interesting and colorful.
This would be a good book to use with young children.
The Pattaconk Brook
by James Stevenson, 1993. This
is a cute story of a frog that explores the river to come up with ideas
for a song. It has 28 pages.
A Million Fish…More
or Less by Patricia C. McKissak, 1992.
A creative story of a boy and his adventures that occur on his day at
the river and the animal friends he talks to along the way.
It is somewhat difficult to read, but the story is wonderful.
It has 29 pages.
Have You Seen My Duckling?,
by Nancy Tafuri, 1989. This
book has 13 pages and contains mostly pictures.
It illustrates animals that live together in the river.
This is a good book for young children.
Where the River Begins
by Raw Bains, 1982. This book
is a story about children who venture out with their grandfather to find
the beginning of the river. The
book has 32 pages that present knowledge about rivers and what affects
them in an easy to understand way.
River and People:
by Debby Atwell, 1999. This book portrays how human life affects the river as communities
grow. It also touches on how people should share the river with the
wildlife and take care of the river.
It has 31 pages.
When Dad Fills in the Garden Pond,
by Pam Ayres, 1988. This is a
great story of how special a pond is to humans, animals, and plants.
It is very easy to read and has 24 pages.
by Linda Glaser, 1998. This
book has cute pictures and gives a very basic background of frogs and
tadpoles. It is easy to read
and has 30 pages.
Learn the Birds in Alabama
by Blanche Evans Dean, 1958.
This is a very thorough book that gives details about birds, their
homes, and how to find them.
The book is a good source of information, although it lacks good
pictures. It has 80 pages.
Beavers by Deborah Hodges, 1998.
This is a wonderful book! It
contains 32 pages of great illustrations and in-depth knowledge in an
easy to read format.
by Colin Walker. This book gives a very basic background of fish. It has lots of
interesting pictures and is easy to read.
This 8-page book is recommended for younger children.
The Survival of Fish
by Fred and Jeanne Biddulph, 1993.
This book is easy to read. It discusses different types of fish and how
they protect themselves. It has
Plant Eaters of the Pond
by Fred and Jeanne Biddulph, 1995.
This is a very good book that explores the invertebrates that live in a
pond. It is very easy to read
and the pictures are wonderful.
It has 24 pages.
The Water Cycle:
Rain, Rivers, and Reservoirs: the
challenge of running water,
by Sellers G. Archer, 1963.
This is a good book that examines the history of how we use water and
the water cycle. This book is
somewhat difficult to read and recommended for older children.
It has 121 pages.
The Drop in My Drink
by Meredith Hooper, 1998. This
book does a fabulous job explaining the water cycle.
It all starts with a boy who is getting a drink of water from the sink.
The book has some really good illustrations and contains 26 pages.
Journey by Eleanore Schmid, 1989.
This is a beautiful story about water and the journey it takes. It has very good illustrations.
The wording may be somewhat difficult.
The First Book of Conservation
by F.C. Smith, 1959. This book
is great for giving a basic understanding of conservation.
It discusses how we use water and how we can be more careful with it. It also gives some history.
It has 69 pages.
Living Treasure: Saving the Earth’s
Laurence Pringle, 1991. This book gives really good diagrams and
information about biodiversity.
The book is in-depth and may be hard to read.
It has 63 pages.
River Life by Barbara Taylor, 1992.
This book has 29 pages full of some really great pictures. There are short summaries of animals and plants that live in and
around the river. It is easy to understand.
Rivers (The World’s
Top Ten) by Neil Morris, 1997.
This book gives good information about the top ten largest rivers in the
world. The book is very
interesting, although it is hard to read.
Wonders of Rivers
by Rae Bains, 1982. This is a
simple book that provides a basic understanding of rivers and what
affects them. It is easy to
read and has 32 pages.
Rivers and Lakes
by Martyn Bramwell, 1987. This
book does a good job at giving in-depth knowledge of rivers by providing
summaries, diagrams, and pictures.
It has 32 pages.
Pond and River
by Steve Parker, 1988. This is
an Eyewitness Book. It has 64
pages of colorful pictures and good summaries of river life and ecology.