September 5, 2023 /
Christina Hester

Books for Back-to-School: Our Picks!

As we kick off the school year, it’s essential to ensure that our children not only excel in their academics but also develop a deep appreciation for the environment that sustains us all. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce you to Wendy’s Wonderful World of Water and other inspiring, educational stories through our curated list of back-to-school environmental books.

Wendy’s Wonderful World of Water

Brought to life by DC Water and Blue Drop, these beautifully illustrated stories teach students (ages 6-10) about the water and wastewater treatment process. Wendy, our friendly and informative guide, takes readers on incredible expeditions to explain the journey of our water. From exploring wastewater pipes to learning about the water that flows from our taps to showing us how it’s all interconnected through the water cycle.

Through Wendy’s Wonderful World of Water books, children not only get to embark on captivating educational journeys but also engage in hands-on learning through STEAM activities included in the book. This engaging experience allows them to recreate the water cycle at home or in the classroom. It’s not just a captivating story; it’s a practical and educational tool that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards, specifically K-ESS3-1.

Understanding the importance of water and its role in our lives from a young age is crucial. Wendy’s Wonderful World of Water helps children comprehend the significance of water conservation, sustainable water management, and the broader environmental implications of their actions. By fostering this awareness early on, we empower our future generations to be responsible stewards of our planet.

And if you aren’t already convinced, DC Water has a sweet deal you can’t pass up! From now until September 30th, they’re offering an exclusive 15% discount on all their books. Simply use the code “15OFF” during checkout to take advantage of the generous offer.

Along with Wendy’s Wonderful World of Water, we also recommend these other outstanding environmental books:

The Tantrum That Saved the World by Michael Mann

This carbon-neutral kids’ book takes young readers on a journey to discover the power of collective action in the face of climate change. The story is about a little girl who faces an enormous challenge, feels all kinds of frustration as she tries to overcome it, and then channels those strong emotions into action, rallying all those around her to do the same. Following this engaging, relatable tale, comes the explanation of the science of climate change in language that children can understand, telling the stories of the climate refugees that appear in the story, and how all their lives are interconnected. An Action Plan then outlines simple and positive steps every person can take to make a real difference and to become the heroes of their own stories.

The Peace Tree of Hiroshima by Sandra Moore

A heartwarming tale introduces kids to the story of a little bonsai tree with a big story of hope and resilience. This true children’s story is told by a little bonsai tree, called Miyajima, that lived with the same family in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for more than 300 years before being donated to the National Arboretum in Washington DC in 1976 as a gesture of friendship between America and Japan to celebrate the American Bicentennial.


The City Tree by Shira Boss

A captivating book, “The City Tree,” offers a delightful exploration of urban forestry and the impact of trees on city life. In this enchanting and informative picture book, a newly planted sidewalk tree transforms the neighborhood as residents nurture it through the seasons. Vibrantly illustrated and with extensive street tree care resources and information, this is a lovely ode to how trees make cities and communities better.


As we dive into the school year, let’s make sure students have access to these remarkable books that not only educate but also inspire them to become advocates for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. Remember, every small step we take today can lead to significant positive changes tomorrow. Wendy’s Wonderful World of Water and these other fantastic environmental books are the perfect tools to get started.