Ten Great Kids' Books About Ponds, Lakes and Rivers (Poppins Book Nook)

In this month's Poppins Book Nook, we're sharing books about ponds, lakes, and rivers. If you're doing an ecology study, these are fun environments to read about because of the plant and animal life you can find. The books listed here will help you get to know a little more about these environments, and be sure to check out the other Poppins Book Nook hosts for more great ideas.

Kids' books about ponds, lakes, and rivers

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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman- This is a collection of poetry all about ponds and the plants and animals you'll find there. (kindergarten and early elementary)

Ponds poetry for kids

Little Critter: Just a Day at the Pond by Mercer Mayer- I'm a huge fan of Little Critter, and in this installment, he's visiting the pond and looking forward to a day of fishing and catching frogs. (kindergarten and early elementary)

Ponds books for kids

Life in the Pond by Craig Hammersmith- In this nonfiction book, kids can get a glimpse of life that can be found in and around ponds. (early elementary)

Animals in ponds

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming- This book takes young readers on a tour of the pond through different seasons. (kindergarten)

Pond life

Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell- Really young readers can have fun with this counting book all about turtles at the pond. (preschool and kindergarten)

Turtles in ponds

Why Does It Happen? Oceans, Seas, Lakes, and Rivers by Baby Professor- This book is designed to capture the attention of young readers as they learn about how oceans, seas, lakes and rivers are formed. (kindergarten and early elementary)

Oceans, seas, lakes, and ponds

Pond Walk by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace- Buddy, a young bear, takes a walk around the pond with his mother and learns about all of the animals he finds along the way. (preschool- early elementary)

Exploring the pond

Pond Circle by Betsy Franco- A young girl watches the pond which is seemingly quiet at first. But it comes alive as she realizes the life she can find there. (preschool - early elementary)

Life in the pond

Pond by Donald Silver- In this book- part of the One Small Square series- readers will learn about what they can find in one small square of pond. There are also experiments and activities. (elementary)

Pond ecology

Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs and Leaping Frogs by Anthony D. Fredericks- Young readers can learn about animals found in the wetlands. (preschool +)

Life in the wetlands

You can find more great books about ponds, lakes, and rivers by visiting the other Poppins Book Nook cohosts below.

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