Topic Books about Water, Rivers and Coasts for Children KS1 & KS2

A River

by Marc Martin

There is a river outside my window. Where will it take me? So begins an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text.

The Rhythm of the Rain

by Grahame Baker-Smith 

Issac plays in his favourite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool. Where will the water go now? Issac wonders. This breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty.


Once Upon a Raindrop

by James Carter 

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of water and discover the story of H20 from its very beginning. Engaging, informative poetry flows over the pages and stunning illustrations bring this story to rushing, gushing life.

Town is by the Sea

by Joanne Schwartz

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a cosy dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. 

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The River

by Patricia Hegarty 

Follow a little fish on her epic journey downriver as she travels out into the unknown. With stunning artwork from Hanako Clulow, a lyrical narrative and a magical 'swimming fish' on every page, this is a book to treasure and revisit time and again.

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World

by Christy Hale

This unique information book switches between bodies of water and corresponding land masses with the turn of a page. Children will see just how connected the earth and the water really are.

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Who's Hiding on the River

by Katharine McEwen

There are lots of animals in the river. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this lift-the-flap book, children can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under rocks, logs and lily-pads to find out lots of interesting facts.


by Ruth Thomson

Explore the physical features of a river, from rapids and waterfalls to meanders, estuaries and deltas. Learn about river wildlife, floods and flood protection and make a model raft to float on water.


River Story

by Edith Hooper

All rivers have a beginning... A lyrical, beautifully illustrated account of a river's journey from its source to the sea. Beautifully illustrated by Bee Willey, with a detailed spread at the end charting the key geographical stages of a river's journey.

The Great Big Water Cycle Adventure by Kay Barnham

Follow the journey of a young boy and girl as they float, splash and slide through the water cycle story. This beautifully illustrated book shows the incredible story of the water in all its forms, from grey storm clouds to rushing waterfalls, calm lakes and shining icy glaciers.


The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

Join in the delights and disasters on the riverbank with Mole and his new friends. With sensible Ratty, wise Badger, fun-loving Toad, and the dastardly stoats and weasles, there's never a dull moment!


by Susie Brooks

Book of Coastlines answers questions such as where does water destroy rocks? How can the ocean shape the land? And why do coastlines need forests? Along with many others. It looks at shores, gulfs, bays, banks, oceans, seas, erosion, biodiversity, and much, much more.

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Sally and the Limpet 

by Simon James

A heartwarming story about a little girl who learns an important environmental lesson. When Sally pulls a limpet off a rock at the beach, it sticks to her finger – and nothing she does will unstick it. Sally's teacher says that limpets live on the same rock for twenty years. So will Sally ever get the limpet off her finger?

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Rivers of the World

by Catherine Brereton 

Journey along some of the world's most important rivers, including the Amazon, Nile, Mississippi and others. Readers can find out about the plants and animals that live there, the places the river passes through, and why it is important for the local economy and environment.

The River Singers

by Tom Moorhouse

Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever. Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home? 

Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa

Ojiisan, the wealthiest man in the village, doesn't join the others at the rice ceremony. Instead he watches from his balcony. He feels something is coming. When he sees the monster wave pulling away from the beach, he knows. Tsunami! But the villagers below can't see the danger. Will Ojiisan risk everything he has to save them? Can he?


Water Dance

by Thomas Locker

Travel with author-illustrator Thomas Locker and follow our planet's most precious resource - water - on its daily journey through our world. A rhythmic and lyrical story  - perfect for adding art and poetry into a Science unit of work.


by Alvaro F. Villa

With intensely coloured, gorgeous art work, this book depicts the effects of a devastating flood on a family and their home in this wordless - and startlingly beautiful - picture book .

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The Utterly Otterleys

by Mairi Hedderwick 

The Utterly Otterley family live in a cosy burrow near the river where everything is just about perfect. Until Pa Utterly Otterley wakes up one morning and decides it's time to find a new home...

Journey to the River Sea

by Eva Ibbotson

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences.

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