Protect, Conserve and Value Water – World Water Day

What is World Water Day?

World Water Day is an international day of observance that encourages people to not only learn more about how water impacts the lives of others but also to teach people new ways to positively impact water usage worldwide.

World Water Day is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of water. It’s crucial to teach them to appreciate how lucky we are to have clean, safe water.

Be a part of World Water Day by introducing your children to protect, conserve and value water with these books and activities.


Books about Water

Water Stories from Around the World

Water Stories from around the world

This timely collection retells stories from mythology and folklore to focus on the need to protect, conserve and value water. Well-known writers draw upon the oral traditions of Ivory Coast, China, India, Greece, Australia, North America, Spain, Nigeria, Botswana and places beyond names to reflect upon an intrinsic connection. The pictures are inspired by the rich, visual representations of water across cultures.
Together with interesting facts and a timeline from earliest times, this book makes a creative plea to readers of all ages to treat water, and, by extension, all life, with respect. Contributors: Amruta Patil, Deepa Balsavar, Mariam Karim-Ahlawat, Niveditha Subramaniam, Radhika Chadha, Sandhya Rao, Sowmya Rajendran, Suniti Namjoshi, Zai Whitaker. You can also read a review of this book.


The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks

Books on Water - Magic School Bus - At the Waterworks Discover some fascinating facts about water as  Ms. Frizzle and her class journey through the town waterworks.

 One Well: The Story of Water on Earth (CitizenKid) by Rochelle Strauss 

One WellWater has the power to change everything — a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well.

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul 

Water is Water

This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin (Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island, Gravity) combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

 The Water Princess by Susan Verde

The Water PrincessInspired by the childhood of African–born model Georgie Badiel, acclaimed author Susan Verde and award-winning author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have come together to tell this moving story. As a child in Burkina Faso, Georgie and the other girls in her village had to walk for miles each day to collect water. This vibrant, engaging picture book sheds light on this struggle that continues all over the world today, instilling hope for a future when all children will have access to clean drinking water.

A World Without Water by Christopher Holley

World Without Water

A World Without Water is a 32 page, illustrated story-poem for young readers. It illuminates how we can all help solve today’s growing water crisis. Get washed away on this fanciful journey to a time and place in which the water has run out and see what can be done to conserve our most precious resource.

Activities to involve your children

Here are some excellent activities for kids to do to learn about our precious water resources. Use these to celebrate World Water Day, or learn about water conservation any day.

Plan an excursion to a nearby (or far away) ocean, lake, or aquarium. See firsthand how many awesome forms of life depend on water.

Watch this wonderful animated video on water usage.

Learn about the water cycle in this animation. Do this experiment to see the water cycle in action, or make a model.

Make learning about environmental issues, water conservation, and the biology of water fun with these videos.

Read these UN articles about water use, water scarcity, and conservation. Look up these infographics, and a play for your kids all about water shortage and water conservation.

This interactive lesson plan from PBS teaches you all about water conservation.

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water – W.H.Auden


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