Weather for Kids
best children's books

Children are often naturally curious about weather, particularly if they live in places that have weather extremes or severe weather. They want to know the whys, the whens and the wheres of weather!  This is a great subject to teach because weather is a phenomenon that's clearly visible and  it impacts children's lives on a daily basis. The books below capitalize on that natural sense of wonder and excitement, making teaching weather easy and fun.

There are both fiction and non-fiction books below on weather for kids.  All cover weather in some way. We think mixing both types of books makes for a more interesting and engaging unit on weather (and more fun for individual readers, who can learn the whys and wheres, and also about people's experiences of weather.

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Best Books on Weather for Kids
with links to buy on Amazon

Come on Rain
(a girl pleads for rain to end
the sweltering summer heat)

by Karen Hesse
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

(two brothers waiting out a hurricane
go on a
journey of the imagination)
by David Wiesner
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Feel the Wind
Let's Read & Find Out Science
(how wind impacts weather, what
causes wind, how humans use it...)

by Arthur Dorros
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Flash, Crash, Rumble, & Roll
Let's Read & Find Out Science
(basic intro to thunderstorms, with
helpful illustrations and diagrams)

by Franklyn Branley
Kindergarten - 4th grade

Oh Say Can You Say What's
The Weather Today

All About Weather
(Cat in the Hat Learning Library)
by Tish Rabe 

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

On the Same Day in March
A Tour of the World's Weather
what the weather is like on March
17th in spots around the world)
by Marilyn Singer

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

(story of a family riding out a tornado,
good depictions of tornado stages)

by Darleen Bailey Beard
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

The Cloud Book
(a classic--good, if a bit dated--
book about clouds for kids)
Tomie dePaola
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Ready to Read Weather Series
('Ready-to-Read' level 1 weather books that use simple language,
one or two sentences on each spread, and charming illustrations
to teach children the basics on four different types of weather)

by Marion Bauer
Preschool - 1st grade

Exploring the Elements series
children share what they like about snow, sun, wind, or rain,
plus ask related questions that are then answered in fold-outs)
-Who Likes the Wind?   -Who Likes the Snow?
-Who Likes the Rain?    -Who Likes the Sun?
by Etta Kaner
preschool - 2nd grade

The Story of Snow
The Science of Winter's Wonder
(all about snow formation, incl.
dazzling snowflake close-ups)
by Mark Cassino
2nd grade - 4th grade

(A big storm rolls in and cools
everything down on a hot
summer day on the farm)
by Shutta Crum

Kindergarten - 2nd grade

(types of clouds and how to
forecast the weather with them)
by Anne Rockwell

1st grade - 3rd grade

Cloud Dance
(blends fiction, science, and art--
better for the end of the unit)
by Thomas Locker

2nd grade - 5th grade

Tornado Alert
(a Let's Read & Find Out
book that explains the
what, where, how of tornadoes)
by Franklyn Branley

1st grade - 4th grade

Down Comes the Rain
(a Let's Read & Find Out
book that covers
all the basics of rain)
by Franklyn Branley
2nd grade - 4th grade

Kid's Book of Weather

the science behind meteorological
forecasts, plus activities)
3rd grade - 6th grade

DK Eyewitness Weather
(packed mix of weather facts,
maps, diagrams...)
by Brian Cosgrove
5th grade - 8th grade

I Face the Wind
(teaches the basics of wind,
plus activities to experience it)
by Brian Cosgrove
5th grade - 8th grade

Man Who Named the Clouds
(biography of the man who created
the cloud classification system)
by Julie Hanna
3rd grade - 5th grade

(retelling of the 1888 blizzard that
brought the northeast to a standstill)
by Jim Murphy

5th grade & Up

Twister on Tuesday
Magic Tree House -- Jack & Annie land
near a prairie schoolhouse in the
1870s and experience a real twister)

1st grade - 3rd grade

Seymour Simon Weather Books
a bunch of books on weather for kids, all by the man that the
New York Times called  "the dean of children's science writers"

3rd grade - 8th grade

Sector 7
(a boy discovers a gateway to
a big 'cloud factory' in the sky)
by David Wiesner

all ages

Inside a Hurricane
(the Magic School Bus experiences
the full drama of a hurricane)
by Joanna Cole

Preschool - 3rd grade

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