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It's Spring! Or Is It Summer? Books for the Seasons

by Miriam Downey 25. March 2012 10:31

Every day for the past couple of weeks, I have heard people say, "Such crazy weather!" and "I can't believe it's still March." Old-timers in Michigan where I live are fond of saying, "If you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes."

FWU has excellent flashcard units on weather. If your children haven't done the weather flashcard units yet, this is probably the time to do them. In this posting, I have included a list of books and a couple of websites that will go with the weather units. I have grouped them by season. Most all of these books are available at your local library or bookstore. The books that are available online are linked to the website where they can be found. The books listed are most appropriate for elementary-age children. Another posting will include informational books and websites about weather for middle school children.

For fun, everyone should begin by reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judith and Ron Barrett. After you read that crazy book, the real weather will never again seem so crazy!

 

Weather in General

A Drop of Water by Walter Wick. Experiments about water, clouds, rain, and snow.

Books by Seymour Simon: Lightning; Storms; Weather; Tornadoes; and Hurricanes. Lots of facts and great photographs about weather.

Eye Wonder: Weather by John Farndon. The power of the weather in photographs.

The Kid's Book of Weather Forecasting by Mark Breen. Everything any kid would want to know about weather forecasting.

Two Websites about Weather Resources

USA Today's alphabetical listing of hundreds of weather resources: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wresources.htm

NOAA's weather website: http://www.noaa.gov/wx.html

Spring

Twisters by Kate Hayden. Facts about tornadoes.

Come a Tide by George Ella Lyon. What happens in the spring when there has been a lot of snow during the winter.

And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano. This is a brand new, award-winning book.

Summer

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. A summer storm is on the horizon and the little girl is afraid of thunder. Grandma comes up with a great solution.

Come on, Rain by Karen Hesse explores a summer drought and how the children celebrate the rain.

Peter Spier's Rain. Another summer rain story.

A Prairie Boy's Summer by William Kurelek. Also, A Prairie Boy's Winter. Life in the 1930s.

When the Wind Stops by Charlotte Zolotow. A summer day's story.

Autumn

Hurricane by David Wiesner. The adventures of two boys when a hurricane knocks down a big tree in their yard.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. An explosion of autumn color.

The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki. Why did Johnny Appleseed plant apple trees all over the Great Lakes states?

Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy Hutchings. What every child wants to do in autumn.

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro. An explanation of autumn weather.

Winter

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The classic story of a child and the snow.

It's Snowing! It's Snowing! by Jack Prelutsky. Poems about winter.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Wilson A. Bentley took photographs of snowflakes for many years and discovered that no two snowflakes are alike. Here is the website about him: http://snowflakebentley.com

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. There is a wonderful You Tube video of this book that you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-nPvvqcHk

Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy is about the blizzard of 1888.

So, dear readers, enjoy the weather and everything it brings us.

 

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