Picture Books About Weather

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Help your children learn about the different kinds of weather with picture books!

Here’s a collection of great books to get you started.

Table of Contents
    1. Weather
    2. Rain
    3. Storms
    4. Hot, Sunny
    5. Wind
    6. Snow

Books About Weather


All About Weather
by Huda Harajli
Simple and factual, learn about weather and how to dress for the different kinds of weather.


Hello, Weather
by Jill McDonald
Questions prompt kids to think about weather plus facts share facts about the weather.


Little Kids Big Book of Weather
by Karen de Seve
Heat, wind, clouds, storms, and more– learn all about weather by reading these simple facts accompanied by colorful, dramatic photographs.


Everything Weather
by Kathy Furgang Learn about dangerous weather like tornadoes, weather watching, and fun facts about the weather.

Books About Rain

Rain by Sam Usher Rain by Sam Usher books about nature and animals
Rain
by Sam Usher
Sam is an imaginative boy who is stuck inside with his granddad during a rainstorm. Sam wants to splash in puddles, a voyage with sea monsters, and visit a floating city. But does the rain stop? No. Until it does and Sam’s wait was worth it. Nice use of repetitive structure with a life lesson on patience.


Rain
by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
A delightful story contrasting a grumpy old man and a happy-go-lucky little boy who both see their life and the rain from their own perspectives. Until . . . the man forgets his hat in the cafe and the little boy returns it to him. “Ribbit.” So charming.


After the Rain
by Rebecca Koehn, illustrated by Simone Kruger
What can you do after the rain? Levi plays boats and splashes in puddles until he meets Polly who doesn’t want to share her river. A battle begins. But the water starts to leave so the two declare a truce and cooperate to build a dam and a lake to play in together. A delightful picture book with simple, playful text, perfect for the preschool set to learn about friendship.

Children's Picture Books with Diverse Main Characters
Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J Muth
Tess is hoping for rain. And when it rains, it pours! She and her family welcome the rain with their own dance celebration. Beautifully written with glorious language.


Worm Weather
by Jean Taft, illustrated by Matt Hunt
Simple, lyrical text shares the delight of children experiencing rainy weather.


After the Rain
by Rebecca Koehn, illustrated by Simone Kruger
What can you do after the rain? Levi plays boats and splashes in puddles until he meets Polly who doesn’t want to share her river. A battle begins. But the water starts to leave so the two declare a truce and cooperate to build a dam and a lake to play in together. A delightful picture book with simple, playful text, perfect for the preschool set to learn about friendship.

Books About Storms


Storm
by Sam Usher
In this particular story, the wind is rattling the windows so the boy and Granddad look for their kite. At first, they don’t find the kite but they do find other memories — granddad’s cricket bat, a letter they mailed by boat, and a telescope they used for an expedition. They find the kite and go to the park where they have a wild adventure before the storm hits. I love the atmosphere of both the weather and the loving relationship between the two.
 

I Am the Storm
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Heidi E. Y. Stemple
When there is bad weather like a tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane happen, the girl shares what she does with her family that feels safe and comforting. Then, after it stops, as it always does, the girl and her family do something helpful like pick up or fix things The predictable text structure also feels reassuring. The book ends with children finding similarities between themselves and the weather. “I am loud like the tornado. I am wild like the blizzard. I am hot like the fire. I am fierce like the hurricane. I am the storm.”
 

Thunder Trucks
by Cheryl Klein and Katy Beebe, illustrated by Mike Boldt
These Thunder trucks live in the clouds and make the storms: thunder, rain, hail, lightning, and big snow. Besides being an engaging story, it teaches personification!  Read how the Dump Truck bustles in with a crash, tilting her dumpster bed up, up, up to pour the hailstones thump, thump, thump. “Thunder Trucks loud. Thunder Trucks strong. Thunder Trucks moving this storm along. The Firetruck makes lightning. The Big Rigs makes Thunder. They divvy it up and roll out so the whole sky rumbles with power and pride.
 

When the Storm Comes
by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
A simple, refreshing story that gives clarity to what humans and animals do when bad weather comes and goes.We find a small, protected space–/A hollow log, a sheltered place.” And also “We bring things in / To keep them dry.” When the storm ends, people clean up and enjoy the change in the weather.

Books About Hot, Sunny Weather

 
Sun
by Sam Usher
On a very hot day, Sam and Grandad make a picnic and set off to find the perfect spot...I love the repeating language that builds tension in the story. “So Granddad navigated and I looked out. /  I said, “What about this way, Granddad?” // The sun beat down.” When the duo find the perfect spot — in a cave — it’s already taken by pirates. What will they do? Share their picnic, of course! What a great life lesson.
 

Books About Wind

Interesting Nonfiction Books for Kids 2016
What on Earth? Wind: Explore, Create and Investigate
by Isabel Thomas, illustrated by Pau Morgan
Parents and teachers, this nonfiction book is for us to facilitate learning by reading the wind information (even myths and poems) and making the related projects (pinwheel, windsock, tornado in a bottle, sail racers) with kids. The muted colors and quiet font appeal as does the organization of information.  I really like this book! Also read: What on Earth? Water.
 

I Am the Wind
by Michael Karg, illustrated by Sophie Diao
Lyrical text shows the wind whooshing over tundra musk ox, whistling through the highlands to a snow leopard, and whipping up a storm for a troop of chimpanzees. The wind travels the world’s terrain and visits the different animals who live there. “Bursting clumps of clouds over laughing gopher frogs, I stir the bayou bog–a puddle-slapping spree! I wake up the world. I AM THE WIND.” Use this in your poetry units or for an example of writing with sensory images and vivid verbs.
 

Books About Snow


Ten Ways to Hear Snow
by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Kenard Pak
Lina walks through the snow to her Grandma’s house. As she walks, she notices the sounds of snow.  Her boots on the ground sound like “snyak, snyek, snyuk.” People sweeping snow off their cars make a “swish-wish, swish-wish.” She hears the snow with things like mittens, skis, snowballs, shovels, too. When she arrives at her Grandma’s they cook together, eat, and listen to the stillness of the snow. This story’s lovely illustrations combined with the sensory images in the text give readers an immersive experience of this snowy day.
 

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder
by Mark Cassino
Easily understandable readers will read how snow is made from a speck to the snow crystal that falls to earth and beyond. Peaceful blue and white illustrations plus interesting information make this an enlightening winter read.
 

The Snow Dancer
by Addie Boswell, illustrated by Merce Lopez
Snow-covers the ground while Sofia sleeps. When she wakes, she leaves the sleeping house and explores the quiet morning, leaping, twirling, crunching, and dancing a ballet in the silence. Until the other kids noisily arrive outside, too. Amidst the hubbub of the kids loudly paying, Sofia shows a little girl just what a snow dancer does…which even includes joining in a huge snowball fight. Lyrical language and beautiful illustrations celebrate a young dancer’s day in the snow.
 

Snow
by Cynthia Rylant
Evocative imagery paints dancing pictures of snow in our minds…“The best snow is the snow that comes softly in the night, like a shy friend afraid to knock, so she thinks she’ll just wait in the yard until you see her. This is the snow that brings you peace.” Some snow falls in “fat, cheerful flakes” that sends you home early from someplace you don’t want to be like school or work. This picture book’s magical tribute to snow beautifully captures the enchantments of snowy weather.
 
Brrrr..illiant 2017 Winter Picture Books 
When the Snow Falls
by Linda Booth Sweeney, illustrated by Jana Christy
Playful poetic language invites readers into a wonderland of multigenerational, multicultural family time in the snow.Woods hush. Fields glisten. Wren sings. We listen.” The children sled, make snow angels, watch the snowy roads, and return home to a cozy fire next to grandma and grandpa. “Cocoa warms. Mittens puddle. Day dawdles. We cuddle.” This book feels like a warm and cozy hug.
 
 
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