Best Books on Weather for Kids

We love books about weather for kids!  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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We Love These Books About Weather for Kids



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

Kindergarten - 2nd grade


Flash, Crash,
Rumble, and Roll

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

Kindergarten - 4th grade


Hurricane
(two brothers waiting
out a hurricane
go on a
journey of the imagination)

by David Wiesner
Kindergarten - 2nd grade


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



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

by Karen Hesse
Kindergarten - 2nd grade


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

2nd grade - 5th grade


Clouds
(types of clouds, forecasting
the weather with them)
by Anne Rockwell

1st grade - 3rd grade


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

Preschool - 3rd grade


Thunder-Boomer!
(a big storm rolls in and
cools everything down on
a hot summer day)
by Shutta Crum

Kindergarten - 2nd grade



Kid's Book of Weather
Forecasting

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


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


On the Same Day
in March

(what the weather is like
on March 17th in spots
around the world)

Kindergarten - 3rd grade


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

Kindergarten - 3rd 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



Ready to Read Weather Series
('Ready-to-Read' level 1 weather books that use simple language, just 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




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




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

5th grade & Up


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


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

1st grade - 3rd grade


Man Who Named
the Clouds

(biography of the man
who created the cloud
classification system)
3rd grade - 5th grade


DK Eyewitness Weather
(packed mix of weather
facts,
maps, diagrams...)
by Brian Cosgrove
5th grade - 8th 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 fanciful story about a
boy who discovers a gate-
way to a big 'cloud
factory' in the sky)
by David Wiesner

all ages



Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia
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