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Call No. 010138
The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet / By Meredith Hooper and Chris Coady. New York: Viking1998.
An interesting book that follows the path of one drop of water from the creation of Earth up to the present day. Focuses on the concept that all the water that has been and is on the planet is all the water we will ever have. Gr. 3-5.

Call No. 010141
The Magic Schoolbus at the Waterworks / By Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. New York: Scholastic1986.
Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a trip to the city waterworks that is anything but normal. She drives the magic schoolbus into a cloud, and the children fall like raindrops and are processed as part of the city’s water supply. Ingenious. Gr. Preschool-2.

Call No. 010142
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder / By Walter Wick. New York: Scholastic1997.
Walter Wick’s photographs of water in all its fantastic forms are the highlight of this book that seeks to explain concepts like surface tension, adhesion, capillary attraction, molecular motion, freezing, evaporation, and condensation from a visual perspective. Gr. 3-6.

Call No. 010143
Re-Cycles / By Michael Elsohn Ross and Gustav Moore. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press2002.
The life cycle of a tree and a drop of water are used to explain the changes that the Earth’s soil and water go through over time. This book also contains information on composting. Gr. K-3.

Call No. 010145 Kids
Drip Drop: Water's Journey / By Eve Stwerktka and Albert Stwerktka. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Julian Messner1991.
Drip Drop traces water's journey from tap, through the sewers, to the treatment plant, and beyond! This book features many simple water-related experiments for kids. Gr. 3-6.

Call No. 010146
The Water Cycle / By Theresa Greenaway. Austin, Texas: Raintree Steck-Vaughn2001.
This well-illustrated look at water is a valuable teaching tool as it features sections on the water cycle and water properties, conservation and pollution. Gr. 3-6.

Call No. 010147
The Water Cycle / By Trudi Strain Trueit. New York: F. Watts2002.
An in-depth look at the ways in which water is essential to life on our planet. Includes interesting subsections on water in space, the ocean’s effect on climate, artesian well water, and more. Gr. 4-7.

Call No. 010148
The Water Cycle / By Robin Nelson. Minneapolis, Minn.: Lerner Publications Company2003.
From cloud vapor to oceans, the cycle of water on Earth is shown in vivid images and simple sentences that will have younger readers thinking about what goes on in the world around them. Gr. K-2.

Call No. 010151
What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids and Gases / By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. New York: HarperCollins Publishers1998.
This addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series introduces the youngest readers to an important science concept: the differences between solids, liquids, and gases. Gr. K-3.

Call No. 010154
Water Dance / By Thomas Locker. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company1997.
Beautiful illustrations accompany a poem about the different roles of water on our planet. Explanations are given at the end of the story about each particular phase in the water cycle. Truly a "marriage of art and science." Gr. K-4.

Call No. 010155
Water / By Frank Asch. San Diego: Harcourt Brace1995.
Simple sentences accompany magnificent watercolor illustrations in this book that stresses the importance of water in everyday life. A lovely introduction to water in its various forms. Gr. Preschool-2.

Call No. 010156
Water / By Francois Michel and Yves Larvor. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books1993.
Readers will have an interactive experience with pop-ups, pull-tabs, and lift-the-tab pages in this book. Abundant with facts for older children and entertaining for pre-readers this book has wide appeal. Each section deals with a different aspect of water-for life, underground, in the city, water power and the seacoast. Gr. Preschool-5.

Call No. 010158 Kids
A drop of water / By Gordon Morrison. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co.2006.
A child crouches beside a meadow brook, and a drop of water collects and falls from the child's fingertip to continue on its journey. Where does that journey begin? High in the sky, rain clouds are parting. Water trickles and flows down the mountain, collecting in an upland bog, seeping through a beaver's dam, rushing over rocks, passing many plants and animals along its winding way--each dependent on water and the different environments it shapes to live. Author and illustrator Gordon Morrison has captured a single moment in time, revealing the course and influence of water, and inviting readers to pause and consider the world around them in this beautiful and lyrical appreciation of nature and the resource that makes it all possible--a drop of water.

Call No. 010161 Kids
Water, water everywhere / By Melvin and Gilda Berger. Nashville, Tenn. : Ideals Children’s Books2003.
Explains the cycle of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation that provides fresh water to the earth and describes how this supply is brought to people’s homes. Illustrated by Bobbi Tull. Gr. 2 - 4

Call No. 010162 Kids
Water, water everywhere / By Mark J. Rauzon and Cynthia Overbeck Bix. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books for Children1994.
Describes the forms water takes, how it has shaped Earth, and its importance to life. Gr. K - 2

Call No. 010164 Kids
All the water in the world / By George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers2011.
A lively and inspiring poem weaves together facts about water and the need for water conservation. Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson. For children ages 4-8.

Call No. 030738
The Water's Journey / By Eleanor Schmid. New York: North-South Books1990.
Appreciation for water as a resource is at the heart of this book, which follows water flow from a snowy mountaintop down to the sea to explain the water cycle and show who uses water and for what purposes. Gr. Preschool-2.

Call No. 030739
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story / By Neil Waldman. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press2003.
The beautiful illustrations in this book help the reader visualize the changes in water through the four seasons--and understand the water cycle. Gr. K-3.

Call No. 030744
Down Comes the Rain / By Franklyn M. Branley. New York: HarperCollins Publishers1997.
A straightforward explanation of how the water cycle works, detailing what happens at each step. Includes both text and cartoon-bubble dialog. Gr. 1-4.

Call No. 030901 Kids
The water cycle New York : AV22010.
'The Water Cycle,' a book for children aged 4-10, is part of the Science Matters series and guides young readers through the many forms of water, and how they impact life on Earth.

Call No. 040498 Kids
Follow the water from brook to ocean / By Arthur Dorros. New York, NY : HarperCollins1991.
Explains how water flows from brooks, to streams, to rivers, over waterfalls, through canyons and dams, to eventually reach the ocean.

Call No. 130584 Kids
Why should I save water? / By Jen Green. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron’s Educational Series2005.
Children learn that clean water is one of our most precious natural resources. In this book, boys and girls are told about dozens of ways in which they and their families can avoid wasting water. Illustrated by Mike Gordon. Ages 4 - 8.

Call No. 130587 Kids
Splash! Water / By Núria Jiménez and Empar Jiménez. Barrons Juveniles2010.
This book helps children learn about the importance of water in the lives of all people, plants, and animals, and they discover ways to conserve water in their homes. The brightly illustrated Taking Care of Your Planet books were written and designed to help make young children aware that Earth's resources are limited and precious, and must be used with care.

Call No. 162705 Kids
Water pollution / By Melanie Ostopowich. New York : AV2 by Weigl2010.
'Water Pollution,' a book for children aged 4-10, is part of the Science Matters series and guides young readers through the many forms of water, and how they impact life on Earth.

Call No. 210411 Kids
Our world of water : children and water around the world / By Beatrice Hollyer. New York : Henry Holt and Co.2009.
Wherever we live in this world—whether our country is rich or poor—water is vital to our survival on this planet. This book follows the daily lives of children in Peru, Mauritania, the United States, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Tajikistan, and explores what water means to them.Where does it come from? How do they use it? With the growing threat of climate change affecting all our lives, this book invites discussion on the ways different countries and cultures value this most precious of our planet’s natural resources. Gr. 1 - 6

Call No. 271392 Kids
One well : the story of water on Earth / By Rochelle Strauss. Toronto : Kids Can Press2007.
Looking at all the water on Earth—in the atmosphere, the oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and rain as "One Well" into which all life dips to survive—Strauss presents a timely discussion of the use and abuse of a not-so-limitless resource. Liberally sprinkled with interesting facts—"It took about 130 L (34 U.S. gal.) of water to make your bike"—the readable text informs children of growing demands on a finite supply; increasing pollution; and the intensifying urgency for the conservation, preservation, and protection of a unique chemical combination more essential to all life than the air we breathe. Illustrated by Rosemary Woods.(Grade 4–6)

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