As in, how does that old poem talk about “weathering the weather.” There’s a good chance we talk about the weather a lot. It doesn’t matter if the weather is rainy, windy, sunny, hot or cold. Weather books can be used in many different ways in your classroom. These are our favorite weather books for kids.
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Fiction – Best Weather Books for Kids
May I Come In? by Marsha Diane Arnold (PreK-1)
Getting hit by lightning can be scary. During this fun rhyming read-aloud, Racoon looks for a friend. The sweet ending sends the right message to your class.
Pignic by Matt Phelan (PreK-1)
Their ideal picnic includes everything they need to make it the best one possible. They like to climb trees, fly kites, and eat their favorite snacks. A rainstorm looks like it’s going to ruin everything, but it ends up giving us one more thing: MUD!
A Year With The Wind by Hanna Konola
This poetic text starts and ends with a spring breeze. It talks about how the wind works in each month of the year. The simple, geometric images are great for getting kids to make art in the classroom.
The Weather Girls by Aki
Different and cute “Weather Girls” travel together in a group like Ludwig Bemelmans’s “Madelineas” as they enjoy watching the weather in each season.
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
People in the city get very excited when there is a lot of rain, and this text perfectly captures that excitement. As a writing mentor text, this is a great book to look at. It has good sound words, bursts of dialogue, small details, and strong punctuation.
Sun by Sam Usher
Sam and his grandfather don’t let the hot weather stop them from having a picnic. As they compete for the best place to eat, they run into some people who weren’t expecting to be there. Check out Snow and Rain by the same person, too.
The Rain Came Down by David Shannon
How do we feel about the weather? When it’s raining, this classic story from a favorite author will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
During bad weather that lasts a long time, there’s no better way to celebrate than with everyone else. This happy story about getting out of a city heat wave is timeless.
When the Wind Blows by Linda Booth Sweeney
People don’t like windy days. The grandmother and grandson in this story make the best of one with their kite-flying adventures. We love how strong the verbs are in the text.
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemanga
A young girl learns about the joys of exploring the woods on a rainy day. If you’re trying to figure out what the author is trying to say, “Going outside is way better than playing video games.”
Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
This joke about the weather is always a hit. Students will have a good time when they hear about orange juice showers and tomato tornadoes in this classic tall tale.
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
She shows how to turn weather events into personal memoirs like no one else does. As a child, I always liked to read this story about a storm tradition that I used to do every year.
Nonfiction – Best Weather Books for Kids
Rainbows (Amazing Sights of the Sky) by Martha E. Rustad
Rainbows are always interesting, but how do they come to be? Share this simple explanation with your students to help them understand this happy weather event.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Weather by Karen de Seve
If you want to answer your students’ questions about the weather, keep this book on hand at all times. People and animals start to think critically when they see connections between the weather and their needs.
Fly Guy Presents: Weather by Tedd Arnold
Their field trip to the weather station helps them learn a lot. This is a good addition to your collection because of the content vocabulary list on its own.
Types of Precipitation (Water All Around Us) by Nadia Higgins
There is no better way to learn than through music, right? Each book in the Water All Around Us series has a song that you can listen to online. The rain, snow, sleet, and hail will make your students’ toes move as they learn about them.
Weather by DK
You can use this small book to set up a weather investigation station in your classroom. Clear sections cover everything from cloud types to super strong winds.
Next Time You See a Cloud by Emily Morgan
This is a good book for middle schoolers to read together. Pause to look at the beautiful pictures and read the information on each spread.
Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond (2-5)
Many students have heard about the horror of a weather-related disaster from the news, or have been through it themselves. This story about how people worked together to get back on their feet after a tornado in 2007 is positive.
Al Roker’s Extreme Weather by Al Roker (3-7)
This new book is as relatable as the author’s TV shows. It has a lot of information about weather forecasting and the conditions that lead to extreme weather events. Al: I’m back.
Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code by Amy Cherrix (Gr. 5-7)
Titles in the Scientists in the Field series are always interesting because they look at things from new perspectives. Learn about new storm forecasting techniques with students. As a bonus, you can use this text as an example of good research writing.
Meteorology: Cool Women Who Weather Storms by Karen Bush Gibson (Gr. 5-7)
Chapters explain the history and importance of meteorology, and they give short bios of three women who made a big difference in the field. There are a lot of text features that make it interesting.