Top Five Children’s Books to Teach About Water Pollution
With all of the talk about climate change, water pollution, and the impact that we have on our planet making headlines these days, many parents are concerned with raising their children to care about the environment. Roughly 80% of the world’s wastewater is dumped – largely untreated – back into the environment, polluting the Earth’s rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Without action, the challenges presented by water pollution will only increase by 2050. Currently, the global demand for freshwater is expected to be one-third greater than it is today. This highlights our responsibility to educate the next generation about water pollution.
Teaching the new generation is one way to change our habits about water conservation, so Optimum is sharing our top five picks for the best children’s books to teach about water pollution. Want to introduce the importance of combating water pollution into your child’s life? Check out these children’s books!
- All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon
All the Water in the World offers a poetic, profoundly impactful look at how water is a part of life for every living creature on the planet, including us. Lyon introduces children to water’s power in lyrical verse by diving into an easy-to-understand explanation of the water cycle. With an infectious beat and eye-catching illustrations, children respond to Lyon’s description of the importance of water and protecting it. If you’re looking for a children’s book with important things to say about water and how precious it is, All the Water in the World offers a beautiful introduction for children ages 4-8.
- The Drop in My Drink by Meredith Hooper
In The Drop in My Drink, author Meredith Hooper takes children on a journey from before the Earth was formed to the present day, guiding them through a landscape of remarkable illustrations. Not only does this children’s book show readers where the water came from, but it also details how life began in the oceans before later moving onto land. Hooper describes the water cycle, the relationships between all living things and water, and the relationship between water and erosion. The author also takes the time to discuss critical environmental issues, including water pollution, while providing an excellent collection of water facts for children to enjoy.
- The Water Princess by Susan Verde
It sometimes becomes challenging within the United States to keep a global perspective on just how precious water is. An estimated 2.2 billion people are without access to safely managed drinking water, including 884 million currently without basic drinking water services. The author tells the true story of a young girl with dreams to bring clean drinking water to her community. The book offers an explanation of how so many communities in the world don’t have the same access to water that so many of us enjoy and seeks to explain the hard work that many have to put in to access clean water daily.
- Hope Springs by Eric Walter
Suppose you’re looking for a children’s book that sparks some meaningful conversations about water pollution between you and your child. In that case, there are few better resources than Hope Springs by Eric Walter. This book describes a story of fear and hope, highlighting that many people live with the everyday anxiety that there will not be enough water to survive. Hope Springs is a children’s book that shows through compassion and understanding, true generosity can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
- Blue Planet: Life in Our Oceans and Rivers by Moira Butterfield
This engaging children’s book introduces readers to all of the remarkable animals living in the world’s oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds. In highlighting the world’s ecosystems that depend on water to survive, Butterfield also introduces children to the importance of water, how we use water, and what we can all do to keep it clean and safe. If you’re looking for an information-packed resource to teach your child about water’s importance while also gaining access to online resources that you can enjoy together.
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