Water Runs Through This Book


Water Runs Through This Book, by Nancy Bo Flood and illustrated by Jan Sonnenmair, was supported by iUTAH EPSCoR as part of its mission to promote and strengthen education by building an inclusive, diverse, water-wise, and STEM-literate workforce for the future. Bo Flood, a well-established author who has written several books from a Navajo perspective, wrote this story, illustrated with photographic images, weaving science and poetry together while guiding readers of all ages to be more thoughtful and aware of water as a valuable resource. The book has garnered much recognition in the literary community. It has been shortlisted for a Green Earth Book Award, is a finalist in the young adult category for Colorado Author's League 2016 Awards, and winner of the 2015 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for young adult literature.

Nancy Bo Flood says, “Water creates watersheds - communities that connect us all.” As both a writer and and educator, she has led discussions using Water Runs Through This Book at libraries, classrooms, museums, and teacher workshops in Utah. On a recent trip to the southeastern corner of Utah, one teacher said Ms. Flood’s “energy and passion…. engaged our students in [activities ranging] from an animated read-aloud with a large group of rapt four-year old preschoolers to a writing workshop for all of our sixth graders.” Copies of the book were handed out at each event.


Through collaborative science and outreach, iUTAH sought to connect with diverse communities throughout Utah and beyond. For more information about the book, or to access Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards aligned with the project, visit Water Runs Through This Book.


News and Events


iUTAH Donates 235 Water Books to Area Libraries

April 14, 2017
Each year in early May, Utah dedicates week to public awareness and involvement in water issues, both locally and globally. This year, iUTAH is partnering with the Intermountain Section of the American Water Works Association (IMS-AWWA) in celebration of 2017 Utah Water Week (UWW) on May 7-13. Among the events and activities taking place, UWW brings water-related books to local libraries and schools across the state. More...


Award-Winning Author Coming To SLC

May 2, 2016
The iUTAH commissioned book Water Runs Through This Book, by Nancy Bo Flood and illustrated by Jan Sonnenmair, has received much recognition and praise from the literary community this year. Bo Flood will be in Salt Lake City the week of May 7 – 13, and will be attending various community events including a teacher workshop held at The Leonardo on May 7. More...


Educator Workshop on "Water Runs Through This Book"

April 19, 2016
iUTAH and The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City are partnering to offer an educator workshop on Saturday, May 7th , 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Author Nancy Bo Flood will present information about the beauty, mystery, and power of water with the goal of increasing a love affair between participants and water. Activities are designed for students 4th through high school. More...


Book Project Raises STEM Awareness

August 5, 2015
iUTAH has supported the production of a new book on water by Native American author/educator Nancy Bo Flood, who has published several books written from a Navajo perspective. “Water Runs Through This Book,” illustrated by Jan Sonnenmair’s photographs, weaves science and poetry together to stimulate awareness of and a conservation ethic toward water among readers of all ages. More...