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Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson Winner of the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, this is a very popular choice for KS2. It tells the story of a small girl called Maia, who journeys down the Amazon River with her strict governess, making friends and enemies along the way. It is rich in descriptive language in both its depiction of the Brazilian jungle and in its descriptions of complex and cruel characters that will stay with you long after you close the book. There is also an accompanying Read & Respond guide (click to view on Amazon). Also featured on: Fantastic Female Characters Buy on Amazon The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame This is a children's literary classic. Set along the river bank, it recounts the humorous adventures of Toad, who relies on his helpful friends Mole, Ratty and Badger to keep him safe from a series of disasters that he seems to bring upon himself. Buy on Amazon Song of the Dolphin Boy Elizabeth Laird This new story from award-winning author Elizabeth Laird is a great choice for upper KS2. When young Finn takes a dive in the water near his fishing village, he is delighted to find dolphins to swim with. However, the dolphins face a terrible threat due to the masses of rubbish floating around in their water. It is up to Finn to find a way to save the sea creatures and prevent their natural environment from becoming ruined. This is a highly topical and thought-provoking novel. Buy on Amazon Why Water’s Worth It Lori Harrison An informative picture book aimed at teaching children why water is valuable and what changes they can make in their everyday lives to conserve and not waste water. The book starts by exploring different uses for water, moving on to