Water stories perfect for a festive book flood

All the Water in the World By George Ella Lyon Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

Icelanders have a beautiful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading. The tradition, known as Jolabokaflod, roughly translates to "Christmas book flood" in English.

Here at Make Water Famous we've decided to be delightfully literal with our literature and create a list of our top books about water to help flood your festive season with watery wonders.

For kids:

Hope Springs by Eric Walter is a story of fear and hope. It highlights the fact that many people in the world fear there will not be enough water for them to survive. This story is sure to strike some amazing conversations with the children.

The Water Princess by Susan Verde. It’s based on a true story of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean water to her community. This is a great explanation of how some villages in the world do not have clean water and have to work to get water on a daily basis.

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon is a poetic look at how water flows through us all including an introduction to the water cycle. At the end is a plea for us to take care of the water in our world.

Once upon a raindrop: The story of water
by James Carter. A celebration of the wonderful world of water, this book encourages children to discover the story of H20 from its very beginning. Engaging, informative poetry flows over the pages and stunning illustrations bring this story to rushing, gushing life.

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis. A celebration of the science and language of water. A little girl notices the role of water all around her and that water is part of every living thing including her. The book concludes with beautifully clear explanations of water forms, the water cycle and the all-important conservation of water.

For adults:

The Water Book by Alok Jha. This book will change the way you look at this ordinary substance. Afterwards, you will hold a glass of water up to the light and see within it the strangest chemical, something that connects you to everything and everyone else in the universe.

Pompeii by Robert Harris. Wells and springs are failing, a man has disappeared, and now the greatest aqueduct in the world - the mighty Aqua Augusta - has suddenly ceased to flow. How many novels are there about water engineers? In Roman Pompeii? During the volcanic eruption...this book is perfect for fiction lovers and history buffs alike.

Blue Mind: how water makes you happier, more connected and better at what you do by Wallace J. Nichols. Grounded in cutting-edge studies in neurobiology, cognitive psychology, economics, and medicine, and made real by stories of innovative scientists, doctors, athletes, artists, environmentalists, businesspeople and lovers of nature. Blue Mind aims to awaken readers to the vital importance of water for health and happiness.

How to read water, clues and patterns from puddles to the sea by Tristan Gooley. A must-have book for walkers, sailors, anglers, swimmers, photographers, artists and everyone interested in the natural world, How To Read Water unlocks the hidden secrets of water. Tristan Gooley shares knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations to help you enjoy the landscape around you.

Water 4.0, the past, present, and future of the world's most vital resource by David L. Sedlak. Described by our founder Natasha as the perfect gift for 'the someone in your life who already knows everything', this book covers the little-known story of the systems that bring us our drinking water, how they were developed, the problems they are facing, and how they will be reinvented in the near future.