Top Children’s Books to Celebrate Canoe Day

On June 26th, we celebrate Canoe Day to help kids (and adults) learn more about canoeing in various bodies of water. Since living in Hawai’i, I have also learned that outrigger canoes are intrinsic to the culture and paddling is the official sport in the state. Outrigger paddling is a sport enjoyed all over Polynesia from Aoteroa to Tahiti, from Hawai’i to Tonga, and beyond. Today we are sharing the Top Children’s Books to Celebrate Canoe Day. 

Top Children’s Books to Celebrate Canoe Day

Published by Penguin Books New Zealand


Photo Description: RIVER book cover

Caldecott Honor winner Elisha Cooper invites readers to grab their oars and board a canoe down a river exploration filled with adventure and beauty.

In Cooper’s flowing prose and stunning watercolor scenes, readers can follow a traveler’s trek down the Hudson River as she and her canoe explore the wildlife, flora and fauna, and urban landscape at the river’s edge. Through perilous weather and river rushes, the canoe and her captain survive and maneuver their way down the river back home.River is an outstanding introduction to seeing the world through the eyes of a young explorer and a great picture book for the STEAM curriculum.Maps and information about the Hudson River and famous landmarks are included in the back of the book.

Written and Illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Published by Orchard Books


Photo Description: IN THE RED CANOE book cover


Written by Leslie A. Davidson and Illustrated by Laura Bifano
Published by Orca Book Publishers


Photo Description: Over and Under the Pond book cover

A secret underwater world brought to life: This gorgeous companion to the acclaimed Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt is an excellent addition to any emerging reader’s collection.

In Over and Under the Pond, readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the water is a hidden world of creatures–minnows darting, beavers diving, and tadpoles growing.

These secrets and many others are waiting to be discovered over and under the pond in this sweet children’s book from Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal, the latest in their beloved series that offers kids a peek into hidden ecosystems.

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