Summer 2010

Wisconsin's Water Library

Make A Splash! Read!

This summer, public libraries around Wisconsin are offering a reading program all about water called “Make a Splash!” Wisconsin’s Water Library will be touring around southern Wisconsin, offering water-themed story times from its collection of awarding-winning books for children. Here are some of the Water Library’s favorite children’s books that you might love, too:

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
by Kevin Sherry
New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2007. First-time author-illustrator Kevin Sherry is sure to garner fans of all sizes for his perfect-for-preschool read-aloud with simple text, bold and delightful collage art, and a lovable squid whose spirit just cannot be crushed.

Marsh Music
by Marianne Berkes
Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 2000. Berkes turns the night songs of 10 different kinds of frogs into a concert in the marsh led by Maestro bullfrog. Containing beautiful watercolor depictions of marsh life, this book teaches children about both nature and music in an entertaining fashion.

Minn of the Mississippi
by Holling C. Holling
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951. The history of the Mississippi River Valley is told in text and pictures through the adventures of Minn, a snapping turtle, as she travels downstream.

by Holling C. Holling
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. Holling’s tale of the wooden canoe and figurine carved by a young American Indian boy that is launched from Lake Superior and makes its way down the St. Lawrence Seaway is a classic for portraying life in and along the great waterway in an exhilarating style.

by Ann Jonas
New York: Greenwillow Books, 1995. The vivid illustrations will delight kids learning to count as fish, frogs, turtles, pets and even a little girl climb in and out of a pond. How many are in my pond? Find out in this fun book!

Read about the library’s storytimes at

Please visit Wisconsin’s Water Library for Kids at for more information. Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just e-mail

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