Sippy Cups for Tiny Readers: Children’s Water Reading

Puddles. Bathtubs. Sippy Cups. Water is all around children’s lives too! (and maybe in buckets, for parents to clean up wall writing and other oopses!).

For our last reading list, we have a bevy of books that will run your children through the concept of water—and still complement our newest exhibition, Water/Ways. Thanks in large part to Wyoming Humanities and The Smithsonian Institute, this exhibit features all things WATER (as if you couldn’t get that from the title. I know.).

A quick search of the library card catalog or internet will reveal numerous titles and lists compiled by experts and children’s librarians. Many of the favorites have companion resources for teachers and homeschoolers available on line. This below list isn’t exhaustive!

Also listed here are some of the animated short film adaptations of childhood classics.


  1. Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. The Little Mermaid.
  2. Golden MacDonald. The Little Island.
  3. Eric Carle. A House for Hermit Crab.
  4. Eric Carle. Mister Seahorse.
  5. Joanna Cole. Magic School Bus Ocean Floor.
  6. Michael Garland. Miss Smith under the Ocean.
  7. Hardie Gramatky. Little Toot.
  8. Holling C. Holling. Paddle-to-the-Sea
  9. Deborah Hopkinson. Titanic: Voices from the Disasters.
  10. The Odyssey.
  11. Rudyard Kipling. Captains Courageous.
  12. Leo Lionni.
  13. Maurice Sendak. Where the Wild Things Are.
  14. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat.
  15. Hildegarde H. Swift (author), Lyn Ward (Illustrator). The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.
  16. Johann David Wyss. Swiss Family Robinson.


  1. Eyewitness Books. Dorling Kindersley Publishers.
  2. David Macaulay. Mill. HMH Books for Young Readers.