10 Refreshing Books About Water for Preschoolers Activities

| Last Updated: November 18, 2022

We all know water is so important to each creature, especially us humans, and it is even considered a basic need. With that in mind, we want to incorporate that fact into our little ones. Allow these books to assist you in helping kids appreciate water more with these colorful and engaging books!

Instilling lessons and reading aren’t necessarily as fun to these toddlers but adding some blend of colorful images and some fantasy using these books would have your child excited for the next page!

Great Books About Water for Preschoolers

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1. Water

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This is a perfect example of a book adding appealing images to a rather mundane topic and/or common knowledge about water’s importance. Teachers and guardians need to teach the importance of water, and this book would captivate the attention of a preschooler. Aside from the message this book intends to send to the readers, its selling point is its lush images, which the critics admired.

This book strongly utilizes color to keep the reader turning its pages without overdoing it. A book perfect as an instruction medium in classrooms or as a one-on-one tutorial, this book is appropriate for any time of the year. 

We all know the importance of water, so to send that message to our little ones effectively, get this Water: by Frank Asch and witness how your little ones would love to turn its colorful pages and love the book and its idea.

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2. All the Water in the World

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The majority of the young children are aware water comes from the faucet. Some may be aware of other sources. This book doesn’t necessarily teach all of the literal water sources imaginable. Instead, it brings life into nature as anthropomorphic entities which bring water where it is needed and should be. Cute images and playful arrangements of texts should appeal to our young ones.

Captivate our young audiences’ imaginations by imagining where the water came from and how it came to our homes. This is perfect reading and instruction material at home or in classrooms and is appropriate any time of the year. 

If you want playful learning and/or teaching experience with your little ones, consider utilizing the playful and colorful world of All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and  Katherine Tillotson.

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3. Why Should I Save Water?

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We most likely have already taught our little ones that we should save water and what would happen if we do not, as we are aware that although water is seemingly an infinite resource, it is not. 

This book teaches just that effectively by utilizing cartoon-style imagery, which would catch the attention of young readers and/or learners. This book also provides youngsters with fun and effective ways to save water.

Learning and fun don’t always come hand-in-hand but this book incorporates both. Teaching our young ones an important topic with cute cartoons is a great idea to maintain their attention. 

A great read year-long, especially in summer when there’s a good chance of water shortages and is great learning material for classroom and home use. Consider getting Why Should I Save Water? by Jen Green and watch your little ones take the initiative themselves to save water!

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4. The Little Raindrop

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This cute book follows the adventure of a little raindrop. We follow the raindrop from the time it was formed in the cloud until the time it finishes its mission and returns to the clouds. 

Our little ones often wonder where rain comes from and where it is headed. This book uses imagery that appeals to young readers/ learners without compromising its straightforward approach to the water cycle topic.

This story would appeal to a younger audience and fill their curiosity about the origin and destination of a single raindrop. Suitable for classroom and home teaching settings and a great read year-long, especially during rainy days when kids are reminded of the topic of raindrops’ life cycle. 

Consider getting The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray and fill that curiosity with the use of cool illustrations from this book.

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5. We Are Water Protectors

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What better book to teach kids to stand up for what they believe is right and safeguard their source of sustenance if not a 2021 Caldecott Medal winner, We Are Water Protectors It shares the story of an indigenous tribe girl who intended to rally her people in opposing the oil companies. The oil companies have pipelines the indigenous people dub “black snake” that would threaten their very existence by corrupting and poisoning their sustenance. 

Inspired by the indigenous tribes standing up against companies who want to take advantage of their lands’ untapped resources, the author drove home the point to younger readers/learners by utilizing cute and colorful images.

This book would appeal to kids who love the basic good versus evil theme and motivates them to protect their source of sustenance and appreciate water more and a perfect year-long read and suitable for use in the classroom and home settings. 

Inspire your little ones by getting We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom.

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6. A Cool Drink of Water (Rise and Shine)

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Every parent and/or instructor wants to teach their little ones the importance of water. But it may also be as essential to teach them the importance of clean water. This book is the perfect material to use for them to appreciate the importance of such. 

Inside this book, you’ll find photographs across the globe of people and where they get their drinking water. From natural means to different tools, people use to gather or consume water which would surprise kids, a variety of methods are carefully illustrated in this book.

Allow this book to mesmerize your little ones with National Geographics photographs carefully chosen to appeal to younger readers and digest the intended message at the same time. 

This is suitable to read all year round, especially in the summer when a water shortage is possible and water appreciation is of utmost importance. Get A Cool Drink of Water (Rise and Shine) by Barbara Kerley and allow your young ones to appreciate the clean water they consume.

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7. Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?

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This book might not center on dinosaurs (as they were just mentioned at most thrice) but doesn’t lack lessons about water. Using cartoonish imagery to appeal to younger ones’ imagination, it illustrates how the water cycle effectively recycles our water and opens the possibility of our drinking water being consumed by prehistoric creatures before. 

It also tells us how we and other creatures consume water and how all creatures are connected through water. The author also includes water conservation tips in his book.

The playful illustrations complement a complex topic which is the water cycle, its importance, and ultimately, its conservation. It may be used as learning material in the classroom or at home and is suitable for reading year-round regardless of the season.

Consider Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? by Robert E. Wells and witness your little ones appreciate water more.

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8. Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean

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This book follows the journey of water as it flows through different bodies of water. It also describes how creatures that live near these bodies of water benefit from the regular stream of water. Using cute illustrations, this book delivers its intended lesson to younger readers. Kids would be thrilled to know that water doesn’t only travel from the heavens to earth and back again but also through different terrains, as well.

Little ones would find this informative book appealing with its cute and catchy illustrations. Surely little ones want to know where the water goes as it flows through a river. It is perfect to be used as instructional material in a classroom or a home setting and is perfect year-round. 

Add Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Arthur Dorros and provide an informative take on teaching little ones about different types of bodies of water.

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This book is based on a viral video of a rescue of a turtle that had a straw stuck in its nose. It started with how a straw that a careless kid threw ended up in the ocean and was accidentally consumed by a turtle. It is a book that not only wants to tell a lesson about taking care of bodies of water but also teaches the importance of preserving and taking care of nature and its resources.

Kids will get hooked by the illustrations but even more so by the inspiring and heartwarming tale of the turtle and its rescuers who tirelessly successfully removed the foreign object out of the turtle’s nose. 

This is a perfect read regardless of the season and issuitable as instructional material both in a classroom or home setting. Get One Turtle’s Last Straw: The Real-Life Rescue That Sparked a Sea Change by Elisa Boxer and have your little ones be inspired and be more responsible individuals in taking care of the environment.

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Surely every child had been brought by their parents or guardians to a park. They may be wondering what happens at the park when they are not there. This book will satiate that curiosity. 

From the earliest visitor until the park maintenance crew closes the last park amenities to call it a day, this book illustrates in detail what happens in the park daily and what water’s role is in it using playful imagery.

The park is the book’s focal point, but water’s role here cannot be understated. This book indirectly says that fun at the park would never be the same without water. Suitable for classrooms or homes to be read to your little ones and a great read all season long, especially during summers when kids want go to the park regularly. 

Get Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day by Stephanie Graegin to have a glimpse at a park’s diary and see the importance of water in the park.


We are all aware that water is essential. It is everywhere, yet it is not infinite. We all must contribute to conserving it, and little ones can participate. 

These reading materials with playful illustrations will appeal to them and inspire them to appreciate water more and be more responsible and act for the sake of the next generation’s turn for access to clean water, as well. The books we’ve featured are great ways to help kids understand water and why it is so important. Thanks for stopping by!

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How Do You Explain Water to Preschoolers?

You may start by telling them that we, as humans are 75% made up of water, and water is essential in taking care of and nourishing all living and non-living things on this planet. You can also explain that in everything we do, water has a part on it for it to be more effective and/or fun!

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