Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Rivers

I Know the River Loves Me: Yo se que el rio me ama - (ISBN: 9780892392339)

by Maya Christina Gonzalez

In exchange for her beloved river cooling her in the summer and keeping her company at other times of the year, Maya keeps the riverbanks and water clean and free of debris. Take a walk to see what voices of nature “speak” to you as you go. Try to participate in a community clean-up of a park or other nature preserve.

Little Toot - (ISBN: 978-0399247132)

by Hardie Gramatky

Little Toot the tugboat has just a little horn, but he manages to produce a large stream of dark smoke as he works hard at his job around the harbor. Practice making the tugboat “toot” and chug around your yard. Children have enjoyed this classic since your grandparents were toddlers!

Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures down the River - (ISBN: 978-0307020468)

by Gertrude Crampton

Scuffy finds life in the toy store too limiting, but when new owners take him out of their bathtub and have him sail down the river, well…. Read the book to find out where Scuffy would prefer to be. This Little Golden Book has entertained children for many generations!

The Story About Ping - (ISBN: 978-0448421650)

by Marjorie Flack

Ping the duck starts off on the Yangtze River in his boat by himself. He has plenty of adventures along the way, including being left behind. He continues, unruffled, and makes plenty of friends on his way back home.

The Story About Ping - (ISBN: 978-0448421650)

by Marjorie Flack

Ping the duck starts off on the Yangtze River in his boat by himself. He has plenty of adventures along the way, including being left behind. He continues, unruffled, and makes plenty of friends on his way back home.

Where the River Begins - (ISBN: 978-0140545951)

by Thomas Locker

A grandfather takes his grandsons on a journey to find the mouth of a beloved river after they question their grandfather about its source. Enjoy the stories they create as they go on their trip. Talk to your grandparents or other relatives about any similar trips they might have taken as young people.

Where the River Begins - (ISBN: 978-0140545951)

by Thomas Locker

A grandfather takes his grandsons on a journey to find the mouth of a beloved river after they question their grandfather about its source. Enjoy the stories they create as they go on their trip. Talk to your grandparents or other relatives about any similar trips they might have taken as young people.

Big Day on the River - (ISBN: 978-0761317784)

by Sarah Wilson

River Friendly, River Wild - (ISBN: 9780689820496)

by Jane Kurtz

River of Life - (ISBN: 978-0395967904)

by Debbie S. Miller

The Gaggle Sisters River Tour - (ISBN: 9781894222587)

by Chris Jackson

The River - (ISBN: 978-0761317784)

by Nik Pollard

Activities for this Theme

Make a boat and sail it on one of your local waterways


Make your own Theodore Tugboat


For a birthday party or just for fun, buy or borrow some inexpensive floating ducks. Give the attending children inexpensive squirt guns and let them try to turn the ducks over with their water squirts!