CMB’s Favorite Children’s Books: Water Edition {Series}

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Here at Cincinnati Moms Blog, we are passionate about literacy and children’s books! (Not only do we all read to our children, but we’ve got a children’s book author, a current reading/English teacher and two former English teachers, a consultant for an independent children’s book company, and a children’s bookstore employee!) We pride ourselves on choosing high-quality books for our children that are engaging and contain themes and topics that children both enjoy and need. We use books to empower, encourage, and educate our children, and we are pleased to share our favorite children’s books with all of you!

Let’s cool off with our favorite books that contain WATER!

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 Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever_or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer

“When asked to suggest a book that had water in it, I immediately thought of Nugget and Fang! It’s about a shark and a minnow who are unlikely best friends. We love that book!!” -Emily

Nugget and Fang

 Port Side Pirates by Oscar Seaworthy

“I’m going with one of my Barefoot Books favorites- Port Side Pirates! We love this book and the song that goes with it. It has a really catchy tune and we love the information about pirates at the end. The illustrations are really fun, too.” Beth

Port Side Pirates

 The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark by Deborah Diesen

“My boys love The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark. It is all about being brave!” -Laura

Pout Pout Fish and the Big Big Dark

 Squishy Turtle Cloth Book by Roger Priddy

“This book for babies was a favorite FOREVER in our house and even still occasionally gets some love from my 2-year-old. I like that its cloth with tactile interactive pages. Plus it’s really cute.” -Beth

Squishy Turtle

 The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg

“Steven Kellogg is my favorite children’s author/illustrator.  This book has a charming story about a boy who ends up with a lochness monster as a pet.  As always, Kellogg wows us with his illustrations.” -David

The Mysterious Tadpole

 Jimmy’s Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash by Trinka Hakes Noble

“This is another book illustrated by Steven Kellogg.  This book pulls you in with the silly story and I love how you can get lost in the intricate illustrations.” -David

Jimmy's Boa

 Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes

“I love the colors and artwork. The book just makes me “feel” summer.” -Sarah

Over in the Ocean

 Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

“I love the transparent overlays in this one. Makes it so much fun to read and look at.”

Mister Seahorse

 Twenty-six Pirates: An Alphabet Book by Dave Horowitz

“Arrrrrr, we love Pirates! Fun rhymes along with ABC Pirates so it’s easy for kids to recite along after a couple of reads – “Pirate Arty – first to the party!” -Jen

Twenty-six Pirates

 The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

“And of course, the Pigeon. E loves to read this one out loud to us.” -Jen

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

 Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva

“I love this book because of the Coney Island story (I’m from New York!), the unique illustrations, and the wordplay.” -Jaime

Outstanding in the Rain

 McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss

“Love this one because it’s so optimistic and (as only Seuss can) shows the impact of pessimism in a light-hearted way.” -Casey

McElligot's Pool

 Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story by Bill Harley

“I recently discovered this book and like it because it rhymes and is quite witty. My 5yo loves it because it talks about dirty socks and underwear.” -Lisa

Dirty Joe the Pirate

 Good Night, Leo: A Swashbuckling Bedtime Adventure by Charise Mericle Harper

“This book is very creative with cutouts and as Leo undresses for bed, his bear, Teddy, gets dressed piece by piece. It’s adorable and Will loved it.” -Lisa

Goodnight Leo

 You Are My Baby: Ocean by Lorena Siminovich

“Not only is this board book super cute and makes you feel all warm and snuggly inside, it introduces some early concepts (matching, colors, sounds).” -Jesika

You Are My Baby

 On My Beach by Sara Gillingham

“I’m a sucker for cutout books. The illustrations in this one are also very pretty, and the little finger puppet is fun!” -Jesika

On My Beach

 Wave by Suzy Lee

“Wave is a beautiful wordless book that can be “read” to grownups by a toddler or described to a little one. The illustrations are wonderfully simple- just blue waves with pencil drawings.” -Kelli


 All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon

“All The Water in the World chronicles the water cycle while explaining the importance of preserving our water supply.” -Kelli

All the Water in the World

 Stick by Steve Breen

“This is also a wordless book that chronicles an adventure of a frog named Stick. When his tongue gets stuck to a dragonfly, he is dragged from the swamp to the big city and hijinks ensue. A really fun book!” -Jesika


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