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Purchase ROW poetry and art books, reproductions of our winning artwork, our Watershed Explorer Educator’s Guide and curriculum materials.

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River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things

Milkweed CoverEdited by Pamela Michael with an Introduction by Robert Hass

Featuring children's poems and works of art from the River of Words annual contests over the past ten years, this delightful anthology showcases the work of children seeking to explore, appreciate, and protect the watersheds in which they live. A remarkable confluence of K-12 curriculum, children's literature, environmentalism, poetry and art, this enchanting volume speaks to the creative spirit in all of us. Published by Milkweed Editions

Also available:
Milkweed Editions and River of Words have created a free, downloadable teaching guide to accompany this book. Download it now!

Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things: $21.60 (includes tax, shipping and handling)


River of Words: Images and Poetry in Praise of Water

Edited by Pamela Michael
Introductions by Michael, Robert Hass and Thacher Hurd
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Water—in all its splendid forms—is the subject and inspiration behind the alluring artwork and astounding poetry presented in River of Words: Images and Poetry in Praise of Water, published by Heyday Books. Rivers, lakes, oceans, rain and tears come alive in 96 pages of verse and full-color art.Selected from the annual River of Words Contest entries, here is an exceptional collection of creative work from young people (ages 5-19) across America and around the world. Both children and adults will appreciate and enjoy the creative results of children experiencing and exploring water as part of the environment.

Young minds, in poems and paintings, freely playing creatively, conceptually, physically, with water. Kids showing us canebreaks, ducks, frogs, clouds, streams, and friends, all forms of water, through their fresh eyes. These selections of the best of the best give us pleasure and hope.” —Gary Snyder

Spend some pleasant time with the blithe and irrepressible spirits reflected in these poems and paintings created by young minds.” —Wayne Thiebaud

To turn these pages—to gaze and peruse here—is to discover an unfamiliar joy. These young people offer transcendence, enchantment, and the experience of human attainment—sensations adults too often, now, lose track of. What an antidote to dejection about our species’ potential mounts up in these poems and images.” —Barry Lopez

Pablo Picasso famously said that it took him eighty years to learn to paint like a child. The fresh vitality of these young poets and artists is an inspiration to all of us to let our imaginations run free.” —Sandra Jordan

96 pages (8 X 8), full color throughout, with 45 plates
Trade paper, ISBN: 1-890771-65-1,
Images and Poetry in Praise of Water: $15.95 (includes tax, shipping and handling)


River of Words Annual Contest Anthology
River of Words: The Natural World as Viewed by Young People

2013 River of Words Anthology

Poetry from the Annual River of Words Contest
Eleven collections of the River of Words poetry books are now available, presenting the winning poems from the 1996 (sold out), 1997 (sold out), 1998 (sold out),1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (sold out), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (sold out), 2009, 2010 (sold out), 2012,  and our new, 2013 International Poetry & Art Contests. Poems selected by Robert Hass and Pamela Michael.  Art Selected by John Muir Laws.

ROW Anthologies: $15.00 (includes tax, shipping and handling)


The Gift of Rivers: True Stories of Life on the Water

Edited by Pamela Michael, ROW Co-Founder and Executive Director
Indroduction by Robert Hass, ROW Co-Founder

From the Colorado to the Seine, the Congo to the Yangtze, this eclectic gathering of acclaimed writers and river lovers takes readers on journeys that fuel imaginations, offer escape, soothe souls, and callenge traveler's courage and stregnth.

"The Gift of Rivers is a source of spiritual renewal. Through these stories, we remember why water is holy and the sacred obligation that is ours to keep these waterways pure." – Terry Tempest Williams, author of Leap

A soulful fact- and image- filled compendium of waonderful stories that illuminate, educate, inspire, and delight." – David Brower, chairman of Earth Island Institute

The Gift of Rivers: True Stories of Life on the Water:  $18.95 (includes tax, shipping and handling)




Watershed Explorer Curriculum
River of Words Educator’s Guide

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This revised and expanded edition offers a multidisciplinary approach to bringing nature and art into the classroom. Now over 260 pages in length, the Watershed Explorer™Curriculum offers many new activities and areas of exploration, covering: birds, mapping, classroom gardening, naturalists and much more, plus lots of additional support for teaching poetry. We’ve also added more activities that serve the needs of urban children who often don’t have access to outdoor resources. It is designed to help educators assist children in discovering their “ ecological address.” Suitable for grades K-12.

River of Words Educator's Guide: $53.00 (includes tax, shipping and handling)






Visit the River of Words online gallery to browse our collection of youth art from around the world. Once you have selected the piece you would like to purchase, click the "Buy this print" link located below the image of the selected artwork, and then enter the title, artist and contest year into the order form for the type of print you would like to order. 
We sell two kinds of reproductions: Photoprints and Museum prints (giclees). NOTE: Only Photoprints can be ordered online.


Printed on heavy stock paper, archival inks
11x17 available for all winning artwork.
In the order form please specify the name of the painting, the artist's name, and the year it was selected as a winner.

11x17 Photoprint $28.15 (includes tax, shipping and handling)


Museum Prints (Giclees):

Printed with archival inks on 100% cotton PH neutral watercolor paper.
3 Standard Sizes Available. Contact us for Custom Size prints.

To order a giclee print, please e-mail our Program Assistant, Kathleen Esling: or call 925-631-8817. In your message, please specify the name of the painting, the artist's name, and the year it was selected as a winner, as well as the size you want. Prices for common sizes are listed below, but custom sizes can be ordered on request:

8.5x11 Giclee, $37.89 (includes tax, shipping and handling)
11x17 Giclee, $54.13 (includes tax, shipping and handling)
22x17 Giclee, $73.61 (includes tax, shipping and handling)