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With all of the talk about climate change, water pollution, and the impact that we have on our planet making headlines these days, many parents are concerned with raising their children to care about the environment. Unfortunately, while we know that water is crucial for life, we don’t take care of it as we should. Roughly 80% of the world’s wastewater is dumped – largely untreated – back into the environment, polluting the Earth’s rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Further, we aren’t just hurting the environment when it comes to water pollution – we’re also hurting ourselves. Each year, unsafe water kills more people than war and all other types of violence combined. Without action, the challenges presented by water pollution will only increase by 2050. Currently, the global demand for freshwater is expected to be one-third greater than it is today. This highlights our responsibility to educate the next generation about water pollution.

Today, Optimum will be sharing our top five picks for the best children’s books to teach about water pollution. In an age where countless children’s books offer impactful messages about nature and environmental activism, we believe in the power of environmental education through reading. Want to introduce the importance of combating water pollution into your child’s life? Check out these children’s books!

1. All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon

All the Water in the World offers a poetic, profoundly impactful look at how water is a part of life for every living creature on the planet, including us. Lyon introduces children to water’s power in lyrical verse by diving into an easy-to-understand explanation of the water cycle. With an infectious beat and eye-catching illustrations, children respond to Lyon’s description of the importance of water and protecting it. If you’re looking for a children’s book with important things to say about water and how precious it is, All the Water in the World offers a beautiful introduction for children ages 4-8.

2. The Drop in My Drink by Meredith Hooper

In The Drop in My Drink, author Meredith Hooper takes children on a journey from before the Earth was formed to the present day, guiding them through a landscape of remarkable illustrations. Not only does this children’s book show readers where water came from, but it also details how life began in the oceans before later moving onto land. Hooper describes the water cycle, the relationships between all living things and water, and the relationship between water and erosion. The author also takes the time to discuss critical environmental issues, including water pollution, while providing an excellent collection of water facts for children to enjoy.

3. The Water Princess by Susan Verde

It sometimes becomes challenging within the United States to keep a global perspective on just how precious water is. With an estimated 2.2 billion people without access to safely managed drinking water, including 884 million currently without basic drinking water services, we often forget just how lucky we are. It’s crucial to encourage our children to have a worldwide perspective, especially regarding the necessities we take for granted, such as clean drinking water.

In The Water Princess by Susan Verde, the author tells the true story of a young girl with dreams to bring clean drinking water to her community. The book offers a thorough explanation of how so many communities in the world don’t have the same access to water that so many of us enjoy. Further, this children’s book seeks to explain the hard work that many have to put in to access clean water daily – something many of us tend to forget.

4. Hope Springs by Eric Walter

Suppose you’re looking for a children’s book that sparks some meaningful conversations about water pollution between you and your child. In that case, there are few better resources than Hope Springs by Eric Walter. This book describes a story of fear and hope, highlighting that many people live with the everyday anxiety that there will not be enough water to survive.

In Hope Springs, we’re introduced to Boniface, an orphan. He lives in an area suffering the impacts of a severe drought. When Boniface and the other orphans are suddenly pushed to the back of the line of people gathered to access the small spring in their community, a deep conversation results. Hope Springs is a children’s book that shows through compassion and understanding, true generosity can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

5. Blue Planet: Life in Our Oceans and Rivers by Moira Butterfield

Finally, this engaging children’s book introduces readers to all of the remarkable animals living in the world’s oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds. In highlighting the world’s ecosystems that depend on water to survive, Butterfield also introduces children to the importance of water, how we use water, and what we can all do to keep it clean and safe. If you’re looking for an information-packed resource to teach your child about water’s importance while also gaining access to online resources that you can enjoy together, this book is a must-have.

Lead by Example: Do Your Part for the Environment with Optimum!

We hope you and your child will enjoy our top five picks for the best children’s books to teach about water pollution. We believe that when we educate our children about how to lead more environmentally friendly lives, we can make an impact. Looking to encourage your children to lead greener lives through action? We’d highly encourage you to add an Optimum bottleless water system to your home!

At Optimum, we seek to help you reduce the use of plastic, one of the most dangerous pollutants to our environment. Not only that, but the true cost of using bottled water also carries financial consequences. For example, did you know that you pay 2,279 times what you would if you elected to fill up your water bottle with tap water each time you use bottled water? To promote not only environmental friendliness but also good financial responsibility in your child’s life, choose Optimum!

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