I love when poetry and nonfiction merge, and that’s exactly what this beautiful picture book offers. You can make your read aloud extra special by incorporating various sensory and science-related activities. See my suggestions below!
Title: Water Can Be …
By: Laura Purdie Salas (Author) and Violeta Dabija (Illustrator)
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Suitable For Ages: 5-8 years
This beautiful picture book explores the various forms and functions of water. The poetic writing and gorgeous watercolors complement each other perfectly. The text is brief (most pages only have a word or two) but satisfying. The author’s descriptions are fun and creative, and the back matter elaborates on various concepts introduced in the book.
This award-winning book is a perfect example of well-executed creative nonfiction. Here is the opening line:
Water is water – it’s puddle, pond, sea. When springtime comes splashing, the water flows free.
Create your own creative description of water, starting with “Water can be…” Don’t forget to include an illustration! (Alternatively, brainstorm and use objects other than water. Such as “A tree can be…”, “A blanket can be…”)
Take this raindrop quiz and learn which lunch food resembles the shape of falling water. Hint: It may not be what you think!
Learn how water moves in, on and above Earth by exploring USGS’s interactive water cycle diagram (select beginner, intermediate or advanced).
Conduct these awesome science experiments using little more than water – created by Steve Spangler Science.
Explore another function of water in this article, “Roads Made of Water,” published on the Nonfiction Minute website.
Discuss how your family uses water, then watch this video by the book’s author, Laura Purdie Salas: