Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

The Cloud Book
by Tomie dePaola
(Science/Health)
Holiday 1975 (32p)
Features the ten most common clouds. Available in Spanish asEl libro de las nubes.
Rain Song
by Lezlie Evans
Houghton 1995 (32p)
An approaching thunderstorm is the subject of this brightly illustrated poetic text.
Come a Tide
by George Ella Lyon
Orchard 1990 (32p)
Four days and nights of rain cause a river to overflow its banks.
The Flood That Came to Grandma's House
by Linda Stallone
Upshur 1992 (21p)
One family's true experiences when Hurricane Agnes struck.
Action Books: Weather
(Science/Health)
National Geographic 1995 (12p)
A pop-up book that explains clouds, lightning, and other aspects of weather.

EASY

The Story of Lightning and Thunder
by Ashley Bryan
(Multicultural)
Atheneum 1993 (32p)
This African folktale explains how Lightning and Thunder found their way to the sky.
Before the Storm
by Jane Yolen
Boyds Mills 1995 (32p)
The author captures the feel of a hot summer day before a thunderstorm cools things off.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett
Macmillan 1978 (32p) also paper
In the town of Chewandswallow food rains from the sky.
The Mud Family
by Betsy James
(Multicultural)
Putnam 1994 (32p)
Sosi and her family depend on precious rainfall to grow their corn in this story of Anasazi life.
The Five-Dog Night
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion 1993 (32p)
Old Betty discovers that her neighbor Ezra survives cold winter nights by using his five dogs for warmth.
How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be: A Choctaw Legend
by Beatrice Orcutt Harrell
(Multicultural)
Dial 1995 (32p)
A humorous legend of how two birds accidentally created thunder and lightning.
Hurricane
by David Wiesner
Clarion 1992 (32p)
A tree downed by a hurricane becomes a source of imaginative play for two boys.
Chinook!
by Michael O. Tunnell
Tambourine 1993 (32p)
A man regales a brother and sister with extraordinary stories of the warm winter winds called chinooks.
Weather Forecasting
by Gail Gibbons
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1987 (32p) also paper
Presents a behind-the-scenes look at a modern weather station.
The Big Storm
by Bruce Hiscock
(Science/Health)
Atheneum 1993 (32p)
The author explores geography and weather in recounting the storm of April 1982.
Irene, la valiente (Brave Irene)
by William Steig
Text in Spanish.

AVERAGE

The Weeds and the Weather
by Mary Stolz
Greenwillow 1994 (40p)
No matter what the weather, Mrs. Weed takes her dog Pocket for a daily walk while her cat Clover naps at home.
The Storm
by Marc Harshman
Cobblehill 1995 (32p)
With a tornado quickly approaching, Jonathan, confined to a wheelchair, wonders how he will get to safety.
The Tree That Rains
by Emery and Durga Bernhard
(Multicultural)
Holiday 1994 (32p)
In a myth from the Huichol Indians of Mexico, hard-working Watakame survives a flood with help from Great- Grandmother Earth.
Thunderstorm!
by Nathaniel Tripp
Dial 1994 (480p)
How a farmer and his wild-animal neighbors are affected by the approach and arrival of a severe thunderstorm.
Weather Experiments
by Vera Webster
(Science/Health)
Childrens 1982 (48p)
Color photographs illustrate easy-to- follow weather experiments. Available in Spanish asExperimentos atmosféricos.
The Mousehole Cat
by Antonia Barber
Macmillan 1990 (32p)
A fisherman and his cat Mowser sail out into a storm to save their village from starvation. Available in Spanish asLa gata gatona.
Weather Everywhere
by Denise Casey
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1995 (40p)
Explains how temperature, wind, and moisture interact to create weather conditions.
Hurricane! The Rage of Hurricane Andrew
by Pat Lantier-Sampson and the Miami Herald News Team
(Social Studie)
Gareth Stevens 1994 (48p)
Pictorial presentation of one of the most destructive storms in history.
The Stranger
by Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton 1986 (32p)
A man whom Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home seems 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.
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
by Peter and Connie Roop
Carolrhoda 1985 (40p)
In 1856, Abbie Burgess had to keep a Maine lighthouse in operation during a brutal storm.
Hurricanes and Tornadoes
by Norman S. Barrett
(Science/Health)
Watts 1990 (32p)
Details the causes of hurricanes and tornadoes and how to protect oneself from them. Available in Spanish as Huracanes y tornados.
Weather
by Seymour Simon
(Science/Health)
Morrow 1993 (40p)
The author discusses weather and what causes it to change.
Belinda's Hurricane
by Elizabeth Winthrop Dutton 1984 (64p); Puffin 1989 paper
The coming hurricane is a perfect excuse for Belinda to extend her visit to Granny May.
Weather Whys
by Mike Artell
(Science/Health)
Harper 1995 (96p)
Facts, tongue twisters, riddles, and activities provide answers to weather questions.
Wild Weather: Hurricanes!
by Lorraine Jean Hopping
(Science/Health)
Scholastic 1995 (48p)
Traces the paths of violent weather, from Hurricane Andrew to the cyclones of Bangladesh.

CHALLENGING

Blizzard
by Christopher Lampton
(Science/Health)
Millbrook (64p)
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
Viking 1991 (64p); Puffin 1993 paper
When torrential rains cause a dam to overflow, the disaster affects Christina and her family.
Storms
by Jenny Wood
(Science/Health)
Puffin 1990 (32p); also paper
Explanations of the formation and evolution of storms. Available in Spanish asTormentas.
It's Raining Cats and Dogs: All Kinds of Weather and Why We Have It
by Franklyn Branley
(Science/Health)
Houghton 1987 (128p); Avon 1993 paper
A collection of weather facts, folklore, and scientific experiments makes learning about the weather fun.
The Weather Sky
by Bruce McMillan
(Science/Health)
Farrar 1991 (38p)
In a seasonal presentation of the weather, children learn about weather patterns and clouds.
Weather
by Brian Cosgrove
(Science/Health)
Knopf 1991 (64p)
Explains the causes of thunder, lightning, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

Weather Report: Poems
by Jane Yolen
Wordsong 1993 (64p)
Fifty-one poems about the weather from thirty poets.
Rain Player
by David Wisniewski
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1991 (32p)
A Mayan boy must defeat the Rain God in a ball game to save his people from disaster.
The Year of No More Corn
by Helen Kettemen
Orchard 1993 (32p)
Old Grampa tells tall tales about the spring rains in Indiana in 1928.