In our kindergarten class, we monitor the weather daily during our calendar time. In February, we do a mini-weather unit and I place various weather books on our bookshelf. This post is a round-up of our favorite fiction and nonfiction weather books.
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Informational Weather Books
When we are learning about weather, I like to have a mix of fiction and nonfiction weather books on our bookshelf.
Explore My World: Weather
Explore My World: Weather by Lisa Gerry is part of a series from National Geographic. The Explore My Worl Series is perfect for pre-k and kindergarten students. It’s simple, and some of my kinder students are able to read the informational text. The pictures are engaging and will have your students motivated to read this book.
What’s the Weather? Clouds, Climate, and Global Warming
The book What’s the Weather? by Fraser Ralston is a new book. to my weather library and I really like it. The illustrations combine real pictures with graphics, which is very engaging. This book introduces young learners to global warming and how that can change weather patterns.
All About Weather: A First Weather Books For Kids
All About Weather: A First Weather Book For Kids by Huda Haraji is a great informational book for young learners.
Fictional Books About Weather
In addition to reading informational books, we have a few fictional books that have a weather theme that we like to read. Here are a few of our favorites.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett is a fun book about life-sized food items as weather. This story has been made into a movie, but the book is a must-read. The illustrations are detailed and imaginative. There is a sequel to this story called Pickles to Pittsburgh that I also read to my class.
Thunder Cake is written by Patricia Polacco. This story is a great story to read if you have students who are scared of thunderstorms.
When the Sky Roars
When the Sky Roars by Katie Weaver is another fun story to read if your students are afraid of thunderstorms. This silly story will put a smile on their faces.
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw is a book about cloud shapes. After reading this story, I like to take my class outside with a clipboard and paper and draw cloud shapes. We try and find clouds that look like animals or other items.
Tap Tap Boom Boom
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle is a rhyming book your students will enjoy. I have my students use their bodies to act out part of the story.
When the Wind Blew
When the Wind Blew by Alison Jackson is a silly story about the wind and nursery rhyme characters.
What are some of your favorite weather books you read aloud in the classroom?
If you are incorporating writing activities in your weather unit, be sure to check out our weather words for your writing center.