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Children's Nonfiction Water (oceans, Lakes, Etc.)

Water Wow!

A Visual Exploration

by (author) Paula Ayer & Antonia Banyard

illustrated by Belle Wuthrich

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2016
Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.), Environmental Conservation & Protection, General
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


A colorful infographic look at the many surprising and fascinating facts about water.

Where did water come from—before it got to Earth? Why is the water you drink the same stuff that was around when dinosaurs were alive? If water can't be created or destroyed, how can we run out? Find out the answers to these and many more intriguing questions in this vibrant book, designed to appeal to visual learners.

Dive in and discover: • Why water is so important to different religious faiths; • Amazing extreme lakes and rivers around the world; • The surprising connection between water access and girls’ education worldwide; • How climate change affects water, and vice versa—and what you can do about it; …and more.

Filled to the brim with colorful illustrations and diagrams, easy-to-understand infographics, and illuminating photos, Water Wow is a dazzling and fun introduction to the importance of water in our lives.

About the authors

If you believe Paula Ayer’s parents, she was reading books by herself before she was three years old. She suspects they may be exaggerating, but she does remember spending much of her early years sitting on her favorite purple cushion next to the bookshelf, absorbed in stories of all sorts. By the time Paula was in fourth grade, she had read all the books in her elementary school library, so every week the librarian would walk her to the junior high school down the street, through crowds of intimidating teenagers, to borrow books from their library.Paula began her writing career several years later on her school newspaper, where her controversial horoscope column was the talk of the hallways. Other early writing accomplishments included a musical adaptation of Beowulf and a play about gerbils. After graduating, Paula defied expectations that she would pursue some kind of quiet, intellectual career by enrolling in the drama program at the University of Calgary. While she never fulfilled her dream of becoming a famous stage actor, her years in theater taught her the value of creative collaboration, along with helping her overcome her fear of making an idiot of herself in front of large groups of people.After receiving a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Paula moved to Vancouver and spent several years doing administrative work at a university. Sometimes her creative friends would ask her to write or edit things for their cool magazines and websites, and it eventually occurred to her that working with words might be something she could do. Without the nerve to actually try to be a professional writer, she went in the back way, taking a master’s degree in publishing at Simon Fraser University. She later worked as a freelancer—editing cookbooks and academic works, writing reviews and interviews, and crafting promotional copy to sell overpriced DVD sets—before joining the staff of Annick Press. At Annick she has been very lucky to work on a variety of books with talented illustrators, writers, and designers from across North America and the world. She has translated several children’s books from French, edited and art-directed books, contributed to revised editions, helped come up with ideas for new books, and even posed for a last-minute book cover photo.Paula’s book Ready, Set, Kindergarten! (Spring 2015) was written while her daughter was preparing to start school and was inspired by the idea that children develop the skills they need for school through play and everyday activities. Her book Foodprints: The Story of What We Eat (Spring 2015) comes out of her longstanding interest in food and the implications of what we eat, and was written to help teens make sense of the crazily confusing information they hear about food.Paula lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, daughter, and an ever-growing collection of stuffed animals.

Paula Ayer's profile page


ANTONIA BANYARD is an editor and the co-author of the award-winning infographic titles, Eat Up! and Water Wow! She lives with her family in Nelson, British Columbia.


Antonia Banyard's profile page

Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator and designer specializing in books for young readers. Based in Vancouver, Belle has contributed to more than a dozen books for kids, a number of which have won awards or been republished internationally, including the Montaigne Medal Award–winning Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know and the Silver Birch Award nominee Eat Up: An Infographic Exploration of Food.

Belle Wuthrich's profile page


  • Nominated, Red Cedar Non-fiction Award, nomination, Ontario Library Association
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book
  • Winner, American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
  • Nominated, Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association
  • Joint winner, Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, California Reading Association
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“Will appeal to visual learners.”

Canadian Teacher, 09/17

“Easy for kids to engage with and full of useful information for adults, this is a great addition to a classroom or family bookshelf.”

Green Teacher, Winter/19

“Provides a balanced account, while Wuthrich’s bold palette will keep readers turning the pages.”

School Library Journal, 04/21/17

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