Books, Science/Math

Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD


AUTHOR: George Ella Lyon

ILLUSTRATOR: Katherine Tillotson

PUBLICATION INFO: Atheneum/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2011

ISBN: 978-1416971306

SOURCE: Library

INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades pre-K through 2nd

GENRE: nonfiction picture book


“All the water in the world … is all the water in the world.”

From the publisher’s Website:

sea …

from each of these
comes water.

But where does
Water go?

To find out, honey,
turn the page,
dive in
with tongue
or toes,
with eyes and ears and nose—
and wonder
at the flow
of this great world’s
life story.”

THEMES/TOPICS: science, water cycle

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: This is my favorite kind of nonfiction picture book. Lyon’s voice is so strong and lyrical that children will be swept up in the poetry. They may not even realize that they are learning something until the end.


  • George Ella Lyon provides a teacher’s guide on her site.
  • The EPA has this lesson plan on the water cycle for grades K-3 and 4-6.
  • The US Geological Survey has a cartoon infographic about the water cycle, here. They also have a graphic available as a placemat. Now you can think about the water cycle when you have a glass of water with dinner.
  • For grades 3-5, check out Scholastic’s Study Jams lesson plan on the water cycle.

Every Friday bloggers review “Perfect Picture Books.” Find a complete list of book reviews organized by topic, genre and blogger at author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site.

19 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD”

      1. Ooh I’m not in her league though, Kate Coombs has a similar style to George Ella Lyon. I’m trying to remember the names of my favorite books, there’s an old man in the sky in one and a weaver weaving a rainbow in another.

  1. When I saw the title, I knew this was your selection. I love the verse as it really draws the child quickly in to the story and teaches them so mch about a life-giving resource. Great resource perhaps to teach about those who don’t have access to clean water. Beautiful choice! Interesting Scholastic resources.

  2. This book looks FANTASTIC! (I always love your choices.) I’m particularly drawn to the cover art. Finding ways to teach kids without them feeling they are being taught is paramount, I think, and this book sounds like it does an excellent job. Thanks, Kirsten!

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