Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


VERY EASY

El libro de las nubes (The Cloud Book)
by Tomie dePaola
(Science/Health)
Holiday
Features the ten most common clouds and explains how they are formed.
Don Gil y el paraguas mágico (Don Gil and the Magic Umbrella)
by Mercé Company
A giant keeps the clouds away, but when Don Gil opens his magic umbrella, it rains.
Un día de nieve (The Snowy Day)
by Ezra Jack Keats
(Multicultural)
A little boy enjoys a playing in the snow.
El muñeco de nieve (The Snowman)
by Raymond Briggs
In this fantasy, a boy becomes friends with a snowman.

EASY

El mundo del clima (The World of Weather)
by David Adler
(Science/Health)
A question-and-an-answer format is used to explain basic facts about weather.
¿Qué hace llover? (What Makes It Rain?)
by Susan Mayes
(Science/Health)
Provides basic information on rain clouds and rain.
Las cuatro estaciones (The Four Seasons Series)
by J. M. Parramón
(Science/Health)
In these books -- Spring (La primavera), Summer (El verano), Autumn (El otoño), and Winter (El invierno), students learn how weather changes from season to season.

AVERAGE

Huracanes y tornados (Hurricanes and Tornadoes)
by Norman S. Barrett
(Science/Health)
Explains the causes of hurricanes and tornadoes and how to protect oneself from them.
Las tormentas (Storms)
by Jenny Wood
(Science/Health)
Explanations of the formation and evolution of storms.
El hombre de la lluvia (The Rain Man)
by María Puncel
A lighthouse keeper has the power and responsibility of controlling the rain.
La gata gatona (The Mousehole Cat)
by Antonia Barber
A fisherman and his cat Mowser sail out into a storm to save their village from starvation.
La sequía (The Drought)
by Jesús Zatón
After a long, dry summer, the animals wonder if the rain will ever come.

CHALLENGING

Experimentos atmosféricos (Weather Experiments)
by Vera Webster
Childrens
Color photographs illustrate easy-to-follow weather experiments.

For Teacher Read Aloud

La rosa del desierto (The Desert Rose)
by Carlos Puerto
When Rosa's father disappears in the desert in a sand storm, a group of nomads help her search for him.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


VERY EASY

Come a Tide
by George Ella Lyon
Orchard
Four days and nights of rain cause a river to overflow its banks.
The Flood That Came to Grandma's House
by Linda Stallone
(Social Studies)
Upshur
One family's true experiences when Hurricane Agnes struck.
Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather
by Bruce Koscielniak
Houghton
Because of blinding television lights, Geoffrey Groundhog is unable to see his shadow on Groundhog Day.

EASY

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express
by Margaret K. Wetterer
Kate must warn the train engineer that a flood has washed out the bridge.
Hurricane
by David Wiesner
Clarion
A tree downed by a hurricane becomes a source of imaginative play for two boys.
The Big Storm
by Bruce Hiscock
(Science/Health)
Atheneum
The author explores geography and weather in recounting the storm of April 1982.

AVERAGE/CHALLENGING

The Magic School Bus® Inside a Hurricane
by Joanna Cole
(Science/Health)
Scholastic
The Magic School Bus gives Ms. Frizzle and her students a close-up look at a hurricane from land, air, and sea.
The Stranger
by Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton
An injured man that Farmer Bailey brings home to recover seem to have a mysterious influence on the weather.
Weather: Poems for All Seasons
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
A collection of weather poems from Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, Valerie Worth, and others.
It's Raining Cats and Dogs: All Kinds of Weather and Why We Have It
by Franklyn Branley
(Science/Health)
Houghton
A collection of weather facts, folklore, and scientific experiments makes learning about the weather fun.
Blizzard
by Christopher Lampton
(Science/Health)
Millbrook
Describes the development and destructive force of these severe winter storms.
The Day It Rained Forever: A Story of the Johnstown Flood
by Virginia T. Cross
Puffin
When torrential rains cause a dam to overflow, the disaster affects Christina and her family.

For Teacher Read Aloud

The Storm
by Marc Harshman
Cobblehill
With a tornado approaching, Jonathan, confined to a wheelchair, wonders how he will get to safety.
The Year of No More Corn
by Helen Kettemen
Orchard
Old Grampa tells tall tales about the spring rains in Indiana in 1928.
Rain Player
by David Wisniewski
(Multicultural)
Clarion
A Mayan boy must defeat the Rain God in a ball game to save his people from disaster.