Clouds, storms, wind, rain & rainbows

These recommended resources will help pre-k teachers and parents teach preschoolers the wonders of weather.

Weather

Picture Books

  • Bear in Sunshine (Paperback Picture Books/E/Blackstone) by Stella Blackstone
  • Cloudy Day/Sunny Day (Picture Books/E/Cre) by Donald Crews
  • Hello Sun! (Picture Books/E/Dod) by Dayle Ann Dodds

Juvenile Nonfiction Books

  • Weather ABC (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5/Hoe) by B.A. Hoena
  • Weather (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5/Kir) by Rena K. Kirkpatrick
  • What is the Weather? (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5/Moo) illustrated by Jo Moon
  • Weather (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5/Plu) by Henry Pluckrose
  • The Weather (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5/Ric) by Joy Richardson
  • Wonderful Weather (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5078/Lev) by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
  • Weather (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.6/Arl) by Penelope Arlon
  • Whatever the Weather (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.6/Wal) by Karen Wallace
  • What Will the Weather be? (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.63/Dew) by Lynda DeWitt

For Parents & Teachers

  • Weather and Art Activities (Juvenile NonFiction/J551.5/Sac) by Janet Sacks
  • The Weather Report (Juvenile NonFiction/J551.5/Gra) by Mike Graf

Juvenile DVDs

  • Water and Weather (Juvenile Videos/J551/Weather)

Links

Interactive Weather Maker — What happens to the weather when the humidity or the temperature changes? Change them and see for yourself!

NOAA Education This website is designed especially for children (grades K-5) and provides fun activities for kids to explore the planet they live on.

USA Today Weather — A well organized and informative weather site, although younger children might need help navigating.

The Weather Dude — A weather education site especially for students, parents, kids and teachers from national TV meteorologist Nick Walker.

Weather Wiz Kids — Information on a variety of weather phenomenon including disasters.

Clouds

Easy Picture Books

  • Little Cloud (Paperback Picture Books/Pb/C) by Eric Carle
  • Cloud Dance (Picture Books/E/Loc) by Thomas Locker
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk (Paperback Picture Books/Pb/S) by Charles Green Shaw
  • Once Upon a Cloud (Picture Books/E/Wal) by Rob Walker

Juvenile Nonfiction Books

  • Clouds (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.576/Bau) by Marion Dane Bauer
  • The Cloud Book (Juvenile NonFiction/J551.576/Dep) by Tomie dePaola
  • What Do You See in a Cloud? (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.576/Fow) by Allan Fowler
  • Crazy About Clouds (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.576/Kor) by Rena Korb
  • Clouds (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.576/Roc) by Anne Rockwell
  • Clouds (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.576/Sau) by Gail Saunders-Smith

Links

Rainbows

Picture Books

  • Duckie's Rainbow (Picture Books/E/Bar) by Frances Barry
  • A Rainbow of My Own (Paperback Picture Books/Pb/F) by Don Freeman

Juvenile Nonfiction Books

  • The Rainbow and You (Juvenile NonFiction/J551.56/Kru) by E.C. Krupp
  • All the Colors of the Rainbow (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.567/Fow) by Allan Fowler

Links

  • About Rainbows — With in depth information about rainbows, this site is best for older children.

Rain

Picture Books

  • Big Rain Coming (Picture Books/E/Ger) by Katrina Germein
  • Come On Rain (Picture Books/E/Hes) by Karen Hesse
  • It's Raining It's Pouring (Picture Books/E/Spalding) by Andrea Spalding
  • Rain (Picture Books/E/Spi) by Peter Spier
  • Rain (Picture Books/E/ Stojic) by Manya Stojic
  • Umbrella (Picture Books/E/Yas) by Taro Yashima

Juvenile Nonfiction Books

  • Rain (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.577/Bau) by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Down Comes the Rain (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.577/Bra) by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Rain (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.577/Sau) by Gail Sanders-Smith
  • Rainy Day (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.577/Sch) by Lola M. Schaefer

Juvenile DVDs

  • Big Comfy Couch: Clowning in the Rain (Juvenile DVDs/J Television/Big)

Wind

Picture Books

  • When the Wind Stops (Picture Books/E/Zol) by Charlotte Zolotow

Juvenile Nonfiction Books

  • Wind and Rain (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5/Lle) by Claire Llewellyn
  • Wind (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.518/Bau) by Marion Dane Bauer
  • I Face the Wind (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.518/Cob) by Vicki Cobb
  • Can You See the Wind? (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.518/Fow) by Allan Fowler
  • A Windy Day (Juvenile NonFiction/J551.518/Sch) by Lola Schaefer
  • W is for Wind (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.6/Mic) by Pat Michaels

Storms

Picture Books

  • The Magic School Bus Kicks up a Storm (Paperback Picture Books/E/C) by Nancy White
  • Thunder Cake (Picture Books/E/Pol) by Patricia Polacco

Juvenile Nonfiction Books

  • When a Storm Comes Up (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.55/Fow) by Allan Fowler
  • Storms! (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.55/Goi) by Miriam Busch Goin
  • Wild Weather Days (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.55/Mar) by Katie Marsico
  • Searching for Stormy Weather with a Scientist (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.55/Wil) by Judith Williams
  • Tornado Alert (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.553/Bra) by Franklyn M Branley
  • Tornados (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.553/Gib) by Gail Gibbons
  • Storm Chasers: Tracking Twisters (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.553/Her) by Gail Herman
  • Tornadoes (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.553/Hop) by Lorraine Jean Hopping
  • Flash Crash Rumble Roll (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.554/Bra) by Franklyn Mansfield Branley
  • Lightning (Juvenile Nonfiction/J551.5632/Sau) by Gail Saunders-Smith

Links

FEMA for Kids: Disaster Connection — This site contains information on what to do in a tornado along with real life stories about tornadoes and activities.

Hurricane Hunters — Photos and information from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve. Check out the Cyberflight into the Eye!

Sky Diary: Kid Storm — Information and links for tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and storm chasers.