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This picture book, written by the 2020 cohort of River Stewards for the third-grade reading level, takes readers on a colorful adventure through the Great Miami River.
The writing process began in the fall of 2019 with events with area watershed leaders, educators and children. After children wrote and drew their favorite memories from the river, the River Stewards employed the children’s words and pictures to help articulate the landmarks, lessons and literary elements in the book.
In the spring of 2020, the River Stewards wrote, illustrated and designed the book — a story that incorporates local landmarks, fundamental watershed education, and native species. With the support of several grants, they had the book printed for RiverMobile education programs and for circulation in local libraries and schools.
The digital version is available here free for download. The River Stewards also made a variety of STEM and art activities available:
University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community
Environmental Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Dayton. River Stewards, "Into the River" (2020). Rivers Institute Publications. 4.