Humorist Kin Hubbard is credited with having said, “Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” You’ll have plenty to say after surveying this wide selection of weather related topics including books and websites about the seasons, rain, snow, storms, fog, weather prediction, and weather instruments. You’ll also find information about natural disasters such as avalanches, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards.
See "Connecting Technology and Books" to find a selection of
weather websites which complement these titles.
Branley, Franklyn M. (1997). Down Comes the Rain. New York: HarperCollins.
- What are clouds made of? Why does it sometimes drizzle, while at other times it pours? What is water vapor? Find out in Branley's look at the water cycle.
- Elsom, Derek. (1997). Weather Explained: A Beginner’s Guide to the Elements. New York: Henry Holt and Co.
- Elsom’s book examines the how and why of weather, explains weather extremes, looks at meteorology and weather instruments, and explores the world’s changing climate. Photographs, drawings, and diagrams are a plus.
- George, Jean Craighead. (1993). Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here. New York: HarperCollins.
- In a lyrical letter to her granddaughter, George reflects upon the world of winter.
- Gibbons, Gail. (1990). Weather Words and What They Mean. New York: Holiday House.
- In this basic introduction to weather, Gibbons illustrates and explains some fundamental weather words.
- Kahl, Jonathan D. (1998). National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Weather. New York: Scholastic.
- This first field guide to weather provides descriptions, information about season and range, and colorful photographs for fifty different kinds of weather conditions.
- Kahl, Jonathan D. (1996). Weather Watch: Forecasting the Weather. Minneapolis: Lerner Publishing Group.
- A good introduction to forecasting, the book provides information about meteorologists, weather instruments, weather patterns, and forecasting.
- Lauber, Patricia. (1996). Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms. New York: Scholastic.
- The photographs and text in Lauber's book combine to present a realistic look at one of nature's most damaging weather disasters.
- Lyon, George Ella. (1990). Come a Tide. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
- Grandma predicts the tide will come and when it does, boy does it ever. The resulting flood drives the family out of their house to find safety at Grandma’s house on the hill, in this whimsical look at spring floods.
- Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. (1998). Snowflake Bentley. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co.
- The Caldecott Medal winning book is a biography of Wilson Bentley, a man whose childhood observation of snow and fascination with snowflakes developed into a lifelong study of snow crystals.
- Murphy, Jim. (2000). Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America. New York: Scholastic.
- Murphy's multiple award winning narrative, a powerful story that is told from multiple perspectives, has been described as stellar nonfiction. The well-crafted text, which drew from and features primary sources such as period newspaper articles, letters, journals, and archived photographs, will be a sure hit.
- Simon, Seymour. (1996). Spring Across America. New York: Hyperion Books.
- “Spring sweeps up the American continent like an incoming ocean tide.” So what does spring in America look like? As Simon shows and explains, spring in America means many different things. (Also see Simon’s Winter Across America, 1994, New York: Hyperion Books and Autumn Across America, 1993, New York: Hyperion Books.)
- Simon, Seymour. (1989). Storms. New York: Morrow/Avon.
- The photographs are simply electric in Simon’s photo-essay about storms. (For other weather titles by Simon, see Tornadoes, 2001, New York: HarperCollins; Weather, 2000, Morrow/Avon; and Lightning, 1999, Morrow/Avon.)
- Singer, Marilyn. (2000). On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather. New York: HarperCollins.
- If you could pick just one day in March, and travel to different places around the world, you would experience a wide range of weather conditions. This book examines some of the places, and weather, that you might experience if you were able to take a same day tour of the world's weather.
- Yolen, Jane. (2001). Once Upon Ice and Other Frozen Poems. Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press.
- Various writers reflected upon Jason Stemple’s ice photographs and wrote the frozen poems in this book. A note from Yolen reads, “Now it is your turn-to read, to look at the images, and perhaps to write your own poems."
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