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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, etc.  If you know of books that you think could be featured here, please contact us!

Fiction Books:                                                 

River Animals:

  • Fishes 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 FishMore 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. 


River Ecology:

  • 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:

  • River 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.



River Animals:

  • Fabulous Frogs 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. 


  • Lets 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.


  • Fish 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 24 pages.


  • 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. 


  • The Waters 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. 


Conservation and Biodiversity:

  • 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 Earths Threatened Biodiversity 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 Ecology:

  • 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 Worlds 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.