Book cover of Nibi's Water Song

Nibi’s Water Song



Publisher & Publication Year

Lee and Low, 2021

Publisher's Book Page


Sunshine Tenasco (Anishinabe)

Author's Website 


Chief Lady Bird (Rama First Nation)



When Nibi, an Indigenous girl, turns the tap in her house, only mucky brown water comes out. That starts her on a search for clean water to drink. Though she must face polluted rivers, unfriendly neighbors, and her own temporary discouragement, Nibi’s joyful energy becomes a catalyst for change and action as her community rallies around her to make clean drinking water available for all.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: "In saturated digital illustrations by Bird, cool-toned backgrounds are laced with Native designs of woodland-style fish and florals that communicate the interconnectedness of all living beings alongside a story about an urgent issue."

Kirkus Reviews: "Water activist Tenasco effectively uses Nibi’s dilemma to illustrate a larger point."

Educator Guide

This guide, created by Lee & Low Books, includes background information, key vocabulary, pre-reading questions, discussion questions, and interdisciplinary activities.

Link to Guide

Check Out More Books