WHETHER THE WEATHER…IS…

 

Supplement the titles here with nonfiction published in library editions, many of them in series about different types of weather. Visit Weatherperson's Day in the Activities Calendars for additional book titles, weblinks, and activities.

 

Rain:
Ashman, Linda.  Rain!  Illus. by Christian Robinson.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Gr. P-2
Cut-paper collage illustrations provide the backdrop for a delightful rainy day story about a boy who's thrilled by the weather and an old man who grumbles about it. Moods can be contagious, and this story shows how an act of kindness can turn the day around.

Bluemie, Elizabeth.  Tap Tap Boom Boom.  Illus. by G. Brian Karas.  Candlewick, 2014.  Gr. K-2
Delightful illustrations depict people of all ages heading for cover as a thunderstorm strikes the city in this rhythmic text.

Boswell, Addie.  The Rain Stomper.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez.  Marshall Cavendish, 2008.  Gr. K-2
Jazmin has her baton and is READY for the parade until she hears the thunder and sees the rain pouring. Rain ruins parades, and she’s angry! Undaunted, she runs into the rain, jumping, spinning, splashing, and everyone gathers around to watch. The text is rhythmic and full of energy, complemented by oil paintings equally teeming with movement.

Branley, Franklin M.  Down Comes the Rain.  Illus. by James Graham Hale.  HarperCollins, 1997.  Gr. 2-4
Why rain and hail occur is explained in this discussion of the water cycle. Watercolor illustrations help interpret the concepts.

Branley, Franklin M.  Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll.  Illus. by True Kelley.  HarperCollins, 1999.  Gr. 2-4
The explanation behind thunder and lightning is accompanied by interesting facts illustrated with appealing watercolors. Two experiments are included.

Bridges, Margaret Park.  I Love the Rain.   Illus. by Christine Davenier.  Chronicle, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Molly doesn’t like the rain, but her friend Sophie encourages her to use her imagination about everything they see on the street in the rain. Colorful watercolor illustrations enhance the great word choice in this excellent read-aloud.

Conway, David.  Lila and the Secret of Rain.  Illus. by Jude Daly.  Frances Lincoln, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
In order to end a horrible drought in her Kenyan village, a little girl climbs the highest mountain to tell the sky the saddest thing she knows. Nothing happens until she talks about the suffering of her village, and then the sky cries tears of rain. Acrylic paintings reflect the emotion of the story.

Cotten, Cynthia.  Rain Play.  Illus. by Javaka Steptoe.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Gr. K-2
A rainstorm interrupts the play of a group of children who discover that playing in the rain can be joyful as well. Cut paper collage illustrations show the fun of this rhymed text.

Dragonwagon, Crescent.  And Then It Rained….  Illus. by Diane Greenseid.  Atheneum, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Two books in one, in which one story is a pleasant rainy day that grows into several dreary days of rain. The reader can turn the book around and start the second story about the same characters enjoying a sunny day.

Evans, Lezlie.  Rain Song.  Illus. by Cynthia Jabar.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.  Gr. Pre-2
This cheery romp in the rain, full of playful language and equally lighthearted illustrations, is perfect for reading aloud.

Germein, Katrina.  Big Rain Coming.  Illus. by Bronwyn Bancroft.  Clarion, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Set in the Australian outback, Old Stephen predicts much needed rain, but as the days pass, the heat intensifies. Finally, after a week, the soothing rain begins to fall. Bright colors and thick black lines reflect aboriginal motifs.

Gibson, Amy.  Split! Splat!  Illus. by Steve Bjorkman.  Scholastic, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2
A sing-songy rhymed text filled with onomatopoeia explores the delights of rain and splashing in puddles with a little girl and her dog. Playful, bright watercolor illustrations highlight this deliciously muddy mess!

Gray, Rita (Sel.).  One Big Rain.  Illus. by Ryan O'Rourke.  Charlesbridge, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Twenty short poems by well-known poets explore rain through the four seasons. Different styles of poetry are represented. The illustrations in muted colors offer whimsical details to enhance the poems.

Hesse, Karen.  Come On, Rain!  Illus. by Jon J. Muth.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. K-3
“Watery” watercolor illustrations are a perfect complement to the lyrical language that describes a cloudburst sending three girls and their mothers dancing in the streets after a particularly hot stretch of weather.

Hest, Amy.  In the Rain with Baby Duck.  Illus. by Jill Barton.  Candlewick, 1995.  Gr. Pre-1
The large, colorful watercolor illustrations are as endearing as this story of Baby Duck who doesn’t like to get wet in the rain. His Grandpa has the solution—a red umbrella and matching boots.

Krishnaswami, Uma.  Monsoon.  Illus. by Jamel Akib.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Impressionistic pastels reflect a city in northern India as the residents anticipate the arrival of the rains and their relief when the monsoon finally comes.

Kurtz, Jane.  Rain Romp: Stomping Away a Grouchy Day.  Illus. by Dyanna Wolcott.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. K-2
A little girl is as gray as the day when she wakes up in the morning, and even her parents can’t snap her out of it. Her mood changes, however, when she stomps and romps in the rain. Watercolor illustrations make the pages look like they’ve been in the rain.

Lakin, Patricia.  Rainy Day!  Illus. by Scott Nash.  Dial, 2007.  Gr. Pre-1
Four crocodile friends are bored with staying inside on a rainy day, so they head out for some fun! They play golf and baseball with their umbrellas and end up at the library when a hailstorm strikes. Large pastel, cartoon-like illustrations highlight the alliterative, rhymed text, much of which is presented in conversation.

Lewison, Wendy Cheyette.  Raindrop, Plop!  Illus. by Pam Paparone.  Viking, 2004.  Gr. Pre-1
In this counting book from 1 to 10, a little girl experiences a rainy day. Large, colorful illustrations attract attention.

Macken, JoAnn Early.  Waiting Out the Storm.  Illus. by Susan Gaber.  Candlewick, 2010.  Gr. K-2
A little girl and her mother watch a thunderstorm approach. After they are comfortable inside, the child wonders where various animals go in the rain. Delicate illustrations show the animals safe and snug as well. Good read aloud.

Markle, Sandra.  Toad Weather.  Illus. by Thomas Gonzalez.  Peachtree, 2015.  Gr. K-3
A little girl thinks there is nothing to do on a rainy day until she takes a walk with her mother and grandmother and sees all sorts of ordinary...and amazing...things.

Otto, Carolyn.  That Sky, That Rain.  Illus. by Megan Lloyd.  Crowell, 1990.  Gr. K-2
A little girl and her grandfather tour his farm before a rainstorm. Realistic watercolor illustrations reflect the impending storm.

Polacco, Patricia.  Thunder Cake.  Philomel, 1990.  Gr. K-3
A grandmother helps her granddaughter overcome her fear of thunder by baking a special cake as a storm approaches.

Ray, Mary Lyn.  Red Rubber Boot Day.  Illus. by Lauren Stringer.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. K-2
There are wonderful things to do inside on a rainy day, but playing outside can be even more fun. Large acrylic illustrations evoke the excitement of the day.

Rylant, Cynthia.  Henry and Mudge and the Wild Wind.  Illus. by Sucie Stevenson.  Simon & Schuster, 2000.  Gr. K-3
In this installment of the popular series, Henry and his big dog Mudge are afraid of a thunderstorm, but Henry's parents devise some activities to reduce the anxiety of both boy and dog.

Sayre, April Pulley.  Raindrops Roll.  Beach Lane, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Poetic text set against a backdrop of full-color photographs explores of the wonder of rain. A concluding section of facts explains water in its three states of matter and connects people to the water cycle. Outstanding nonfiction.

Schaeffer, Lola M.  This Is the Rain.  Illus. by Jane Wattenberg.  Greenwillow, 2001.  Gr. K-2
A cumulative verse, in the style of “The House That Jack Built,” illustrated with stunning photo collages, explain the water cycle.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Walter Was Worried.  Roaring Brook, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Alliterative adjectives in an alphabetic text depict the various reactions of children to different types of weather.

Shannon, David.  The Rain Came Down.  Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Rain sets off a chain reaction of cranky people in a neighborhood, and it isn’t until the sun breaks through the clouds that their moods improve. Lots of detail and humor in the colorful illustrations.

Simon, Norma.  Wet World.  Illus. by Alexi Natchev.  Candlewick, 1995.  Gr. Pre-2
A rhythmic text contrasts a little girl’s sojourn outside on a rainy day with the coziness of being indoors. Watercolor illustrations depict a brightly colored indoors and gray outdoors.

Spier, Peter.  Peter Spier’s Rain.  Doubleday, 1982.  Gr. K-3
The exceptional watercolors in this delightful wordless story make this book still one of the best for showing how much fun two children can have playing outside in the rain.

Stock, Catherine.  Gugu’s House.  Clarion, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Set in Zimbabwe, a city girl travels to her grandmother’s thatch-roofed house in a village. The house is covered with bright painted patterns, and large clay sculptures sit in her courtyard. The little girl is dismayed when storms destroy the paintings and the animals until her Gugu shows her what the rains do for the land. The watercolor illustrations capture the landscapes well.

Stojic, Manya.  Rain.  Crown, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Lush artwork in vibrant colors enlivens the savannah where the animals sense that rain is coming and revel in it when it finally does.

Tekavec, Heather.  Storm Is Coming!  Illus. by Margaret Spengler.  Dial, 2002.  Gr. K-2
When the farmer announces that “Storm is coming” to the Dog, who initiates the chain of informing all the animals, the Cat wonders, “Who is Storm?” They take comfort in the wind, rain, thunder and lightning of a rainstorm as a means of scaring away “Storm.” Readers will enjoy the chubby, pastel, and completely clueless, animals.

White, Dianne.  Blue on Blue.  Illus. by Beth Krommes.  Beach Lane, 2014.  Gr. Pre-2
Gorgeous scratchboard illustrations combine with a brief, lyrical text to tell the story of a farm family during a rain storm.

Winter, Jeanette.  Elsina’s Clouds.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.  Gr. K-3
It has been dry for so long that Elsina cannot remember rain or clouds. She longs to paint the walls of their house, a custom of Basotho women in southern Africa in hopes that their ancestors will send rain. She gets her chance when her father adds a room to the house for a new baby. It does finally rain, and the designs are washed away, but Elsina paints them again. The colorful illustrations reflect traditional African designs.

Yee, Wong Herbert.  Who Likes Rain?  Henry Holt, 2007.  Gr. Pre-1
Soft, acrylic illustrations complement a rhyming text told in a guessing game format, in which a little girl wonders how various animals and plants are affected by the rain.

Don’t forget some of these excellent older titles:
Aardema, Verna.  Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain.  Illus. by Beatriz Vidal.
Ginsburg, Mirra.  Mushroom in the Rain.  Illus. by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey
Kalan, Robert.  Rain.  Illus. by Donald Crews.
Martin, Bill, Jr. & Archambault, John.  Listen to the Rain.  Illus. by James Endicott.
Shulevitz, Uri.  Rain Rain Rivers.
Tresselt, Alvin.  Rain Drop Splash.  Illus. by Leonard Weisgard.

Storms/Tornadoes/Hurricanes:
Arnold, Marsha Diane.  The Bravest of Us All.  Illus. by Brad Sneed.  Dial, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
As a tornado approaches, Ruby Jane learns that her big sister (who is never afraid of anything) is frightened of staying in the storm cellar and is courageous enough to persuade her sister to seek shelter. Watercolor illustrations effectively show the movement of the wind.

Beard, Darleen Bailey.  Twister.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Circumstances change quickly for two children who are playing outside on a hot summer day when a funnel cloud appears. They go to the storm cellar while their mother leaves to assist an elderly neighbor. The children are frightened, but the tornado passes, leaving some damage in its path, everyone safe, and the ground littered with glittering hailstones. Hazy pastel illustrations depict the changing conditions.

Bodett, Tom.  Williwaw!  Knopf, 1999.  Gr. 5-8
September and Ivan convince their father that they can stay alone in their isolated Alaskan cabin while he is on a commercial fishing trip. Ivan fries their radio playing video games, and two decide to defy the rule about crossing a cove in their motorboat and take the radio to be fixed. The worst happens—a mighty williwaw (much like the one that killed their mother) threatens their lives.

Brown, Don.  Drowned City. Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.  Gr. 4-6
Told in graphic novel format, the story relates the events that took place during and after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.

Bryan, Ashley.  The Story of Lightning and Thunder.  Atheneum, 1993.  Gr. K-3
This adaptation of a Nigerian folktale tells why lightning and thunder live in the sky instead of on earth, as they once did. Much to the chagrin of Ma Sheep Thunder, Son Ram Lightning runs amok through the village in which they live until the King loses patience and banishes them to a faraway place in the sky. Lightning still occasionally streaks back to earth with his mother following along behind grumbling at him. Swirling, brightly colored paintings flow with the tale.

Byars, Betsy.  Tornado.  Illus. by Doron Ben-Ami.  HarperCollins, 1996.  Gr. 2-5
A boy’s family heads for the storm cellar when a tornado is sighted and listens to the storm overhead as they worry about the father who was caught outside. While they wait, hired-hand Pete tells them about a dog he had as a child that came to him during a tornado. Magnificent black and white illustrations are scattered throughout this warm, wonderful read-aloud.

Crum, Shutta.  Thunder-Boomer!  Illus. by Carol Thompson.  Clarion, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Great word choice in a free verse format tells this story of a farm family scurrying to get themselves and their animals inside when a thunderstorm blows in. Mixed media illustrations add to the drama with lots of “sound words.” In a surprise ending, a wayward hen leads the family to a stray kitten caught in the storm.

Demarest, Chris. L.  Hurricane Hunters!: Riders on the Storm.  McElderry, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Simple, but lively, language describes the exploits of those who fly converted cargo planes into hurricanes to collect weather data. Large bright pastel illustrations depict the activities of the crew on the ground as well as the swirl of the wind and the water during the storm. Appended pages offer more facts about hurricane hunters.

Demas, Corinne.  Hurricane!  Illus. by Lenice U. Strohmeier.  Cavendish, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Based on experience with Hurricane Bob in 1991, this first-person narrative from the viewpoint of a little girl tells how her family prepared for and survived the hurricane on Cape Cod. Watercolor illustrations realistically depict the family’s activities.

Fradin, Judith Bloom & Fradin, Dennis Brindell.  Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms.  National Geographic Kids, 2011.  Gr. 5-8
In addition to information about why tornadoes happen, this fascinating book is filled with survivors' stories and news accounts of these devastating storms. The engaging design which includes snippets of primary source materials and colorful photographs will hold high appeal for readers.

Gibbons, Gail.  Tornadoes.  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
Cheerful watercolor illustrations and an easy-to-understand text explain how tornadoes form, the scale used for categorizing them, and safety measures to take when they are imminent.

Gibbons, Gail.  Hurricanes!  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
In her typical straightforward style, Gibbons tells how hurricanes are formed, how they are classified and named, and what to do if one is threatening.

Hale, Marian.  Dark Water Rising.  Henry Holt, 2006.  Gr. 6-9
This coming-of-age story focuses on a young man trying to adjust to his family’s new life in Galveston, Texas, in 1900, when a devastating hurricane, one of the worst storms in U.S. history, alters all of their lives. Historical facts integrate nicely into the gripping fictional narrative.

Harshman, Marc.  The Storm.  Illus. by Mark Mohr.  Dutton, 1995.  Gr. 1-3
Wheelchair-bound Jonathan is angered by his classmates’ assumptions about his abilities because of his mobility. He changes the attitudes of everyone when he finds himself alone in the path of a tornado and handles the situation with confidence. Watercolor illustrations capture the color and fury of the storm.

Jennings, Patrick.  The Tornado Watches: An Ike and Mem Story.  Illus. by Anna Alter.  Holiday House, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
After Ike and his family spend an evening in the basement because of tornado warnings, Ike becomes fearful that he will miss future alerts. As a result, he stays awake at night listening for warnings. His neighbors do incur some tornado damage later and move in with Ike’s family until repairs are made. For readers moving into chapter books.

Lakin, Patricia.  Hurricane!  Illus. by Vanessa Lubach.  Millbrook, 2000.  Gr. K-2
A young girl and her father are vacationing at a beach cottage when Hurricane Bob threatens. They make all the necessary preparations, and she watches the storm’s fury from the cottage window. Afterwards, they survey the damage and begin repairs. Neither the story nor the illustrations are too frightening. Hurricane facts are appended.

Larson, Kirby & Nethery, Mary.  Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival.  Illus. by Jean Cassels.  Walker, 2008.  Gr. K-3
This touching friendship story about a dog and a blind cat abandoned during Hurricane Katrina and rescued by a New Orleans animal shelter is based on actual events, though somewhat fictionalized in the telling. The soft gouache illustrations offer realistic glimpses of the city's devastation.

London, Jonathan.  Hurricane!  Illus. by Henri Sorensen.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Two brothers snorkeling on a sunny day in Puerto Rico notice that the air has changed and the sky has become threatening and head for home. Their family grabs a few belongings and head for a shelter. They wait out the hurricane with other families and are able to return home the next day where they clean up the debris. The writing is almost poetic, and oil paintings capture the colors of the storm.

Lyon, George Ella.  One Lucky Girl.  Illus. by Irene Trivas.  DK, 2000.  Gr. K-3
When a tornado hits a trailer park, a baby is swept away in her crib. The family searches through the aftermath and finds her, still asleep, in a field. Although the story contains tense moments, the ending is happy, featuring a hopeful family. The pastel illustrations reflect the darkness of the storm and change to warmer tones as the story is resolved.

Prigger, Mary Skillings.  Aunt Minnie and the Twister.  Illus. by Betsy Lewin.  Clarion, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Aunt Minnie McGranahan is back in this sequel along with her nine orphaned nieces and nephews, and it’s crowded in their Kansas home. When a tornado comes, they make it to the root cellar. After the storm, their small home is fine, but it is turned around. They solve their space problem by adding a room to what was once the front of their house. Humorous pen and watercolor illustrations do justice to the tornado and enliven the story.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  Ninth Ward.  Little Brown, 2010.  Gr. 5-8
Lanesha, age 12, has the ability to communicate with the ghost of her dead mother, which gives her a unique outlook on life. She and her beloved caretaker, Mama Ya-Ya, a healer, are faced with mandatory evacuation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Lanesha's resiliance and bravery make this book a page-turner for readers.

Ruckman, Ivy.  Night of the Twisters.  HarperCollins, 1984.  Gr. 4-6
Based on an actual tornado in 1980 in Grand Island, Nebraska, fictional 12-year-old Dan, his baby brother, and his friend must act quickly to save themselves when the tornado strikes Dan’s house.

Trueman, Terry.  Hurricane.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
When Hurricane Mitch hits his small village in Honduras in 1998, 13-year-old José’s life changes. Nearly the whole village is destroyed, many are killed, and José’s father, brother, and sister are missing. José narrates this fast-moving story as he rises to the challenges of helping his remaining family members and the people of the village.

Uhlberg, Myron.  A Storm Called Katrina.  Illus. by Colin Bootman.  Peachtree, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Dramatic oil paintings and the first person voice of 10-year-old Louis provide immediacy to the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Flood waters force the family to evacuate to the Superdome, where Louis and his mother become separated from his father. Realistic and moving.

Wallner, Alexandra.  Sergio and the Hurricane.  Henry Holt, 2000.  Gr. K-3
In this story set in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sergio helps his parents make the necessary preparations when a hurricane is coming. He’s very excited even though his parents tell him how dangerous a hurricane can be. His home receives little damage, but Sergio realizes how serious the storm is when he sees its devastation.

Wiesner, David.  Hurricane.  Clarion, 1990.  Gr. 1-3
Magnificent watercolor illustrations help to depict the glorious imagination of two brothers who use a huge tree, downed in a hurricane, for their adventures.

Wind:
Asch, Frank & Asch, Devin.  Like a Windy Day.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. Pre-2
In a rhymed text, a little girl imagines herself doing things that the wind can do. The digitally colored pen-and-ink illustrations swoop along with her.

Bauer, Marion Dane.  Wind (Ready-to-Read, Level 1).  Illus. by John Wallace.  Aladdin, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Where wind comes from and what it does is presented in easy-to-read text.

Carlstrom, Nancy White.  How Does the Wind Walk?  Illus. by Deborah Kogan Ray.  Macmillan, 1993.
Gr. K-2
A lyrical, alliterative text follows a little boy as he experiences the wind in each of the four seasons. Acrylic impressionistic paintings appropriately capture the colors of the seasons.

DelNegro, Janice (Retold).  Willa and the Wind.  Illus. by Heather Solomon.  Marshall Cavendish, 2005.
Gr. 1-4
A strong, courageous female is the heroine of this tale based on the Norwegian “The Lad Who Went to the North Wind.” She goes to Old Windy to chastise him for taking her last bit of cornmeal. He gives her a magic handkerchief and a magic goat, both of which a wicked innkeeper takes from her. When the wind gives her a magic whistle, she is able to outwit him. Swirling bright colors add even more energy to the tale.

Derby, Sally.  Whoosh Went the Wind!  Illus. by Vincent Nguyen.  Marshall Cavendish, 2006.  Gr. K-2
A little boy arrives late to school spinning tales about all the obstacles he encountered and the situations he had to remedy along the way because of a noisy, blustery wind. His teacher doesn’t believe him until she opens the window and is lifted out by the wind herself. Acrylic and charcoal illustrations provide a lot of the action.

Huntington, Amy.  One Monday.  Orchard, 2001.  Gr. K-2
In this story with a tall tale flavor, a strong wind wreaks havoc on a farm every day for a week. Large watercolor illustrations enhance the exaggeration.

Sweeney, Linda Booth.  When the Wind Blows.  Illus. by Jana Christy.  Putnam, 2015.  Gr. K-2
In spite of the very windy day, a boy and his grandmother decide to fly their kite. Unfortunately, it gets away from them, and they are off on a chase after it. There is so much activity on this windy day, and the strong verbs of the rhythmic text capture it all.

White, Linda Arms.  Comes A Wind.  Illus. by Tom Curry.  DK, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Two brothers have spent their lives one-upping each other. Even though their mother has requested a peaceful birthday, they can’t help swapping tales about big winds in their lives. When a real wind comes up and blows Mama and her birthday cake up onto the weathervane, the brothers have to work together to rescue her. Lively acrylic illustrations add to the fun.

Clouds/Fog:
Bauer, Marion Dane.  Clouds (Ready-to-Read, Level 1).  Illus. by John Wallace.  Aladdin, 2004.  Gr. K-2
An easy-to-read text introduces three types of clouds, tells how they are formed, and discusses what they do for people.

Carle, Eric.  Little Cloud.  Philomel, 1996.  Gr. Pre-2
Eric Carle’s trademark cut-paper collages illustrate this tale of a little cloud that changes himself into a variety of shapes before joining the other clouds to make a raincloud.

dePaola, Tomie.  The Cloud Book.  Holiday House, 1975.  Gr. 1-3
Fictional characters present information about clouds, including the different types and what they tell us about changes in the weather.

Hannah, Julie & Holub, Joan.  The Man Who Named the Clouds.  Illus. by Paige Billin-Frye.  Albert Whitman, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
This picture-book biography of 18th-century English meteorologist Luke Howard discusses how he proposed a classification system for clouds that is still used today. Weather science and a few riddles are presented in the form of a present day student’s weather journal that is part of the text. The illustrations include reproductions of Howard’s paintings of clouds and photos of the 10 types of clouds recognized by meteorologists today.

Locker, Thomas.  Cloud Dance.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Exquisite oil paintings of cloud scenes in all sorts of weather conditions form the basis of this limited, but informative text. The last two pages contain facts about clouds.

Rockwell, Anne.  Clouds.  Illus. by Frané Lessac.  Collins, 2008.  Gr. Pre-2
An easy-to-read text discusses how clouds forecast changes in the weather.

Smith, Constance.  Pea Soup Fog.  Illus. by Jen Cart.  Down East Books, 2004.  Gr. K-2
When a small village in Maine is enshrouded in thick fog, a little girl suggests that it’s because of her grandmother’s pea soup. The villagers do not believe her and enlist the help of several townsfolk, to no avail. They finally do eat the grandmother’s soup, and the fog lifts. The folk-art style of paintings complements the story well.

Trotter, Deborah W.  How Do You Know?  Illus. by Julie Downing.  Clarion, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Soft realistic watercolors illustrations perfectly depict a child’s first foggy day as her mother comforts her that everything is there even though she can’t see it clearly.

Walker, Rob D.  Once Upon a Cloud.  Illus. by Matt Mahurin.  Scholastic, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Rhymed text and surrealistic images in puffy clouds feature all sorts of imaginings about what clouds are.

Snow:
See On the Shelves for an annotated bibliography of books on the winter season. Many of those titles, fiction and nonfiction, deal with snow.

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