I am going to be updating this post a few times this week as I pull out all our weather books in preparation for Weather Week next week in Exploring Nature With Children.
This is such a fun week, there is so much you can do with it! Big Kid will probably get really into it as the weather is something that is tangible and affects our daily lives.
For these lists I’m going to focus on fiction books, only because there are so many nonfiction books about each type of weather, and you really have to find the ones that meet your family’s needs. I’m adding in these fantastic little board books because they will be what I read to Little Kid this week.
The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins – The wind swipes things from various people around town before mixing them up, throwing them down, and blowing away. A fun was to introduce the effects of the wind to youngsters.
Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon & Lee White – A clever young girl hears the man at the top of the hill lamenting about the strong wind wreaking havoc on his house and yard. She realizes if she plants trees around his house they will keep the wind from destroying his house. A cute read aloud with repetition perfect for younger listeners.
Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets – Gilberto finds a playmate in the wind. This cute story personifies the wind and showcases all the fun things the wind can help a child do, and how it can frustrate him as well.
Wind by Carol Thompson – one book in a great little series about weather. I will be reading these to Little Kid as an introduction this week.
There are so many great books about rain! We pull these out when we’ve had a few rainy days in a row to lighten our spirits.
Singing in the Rain based on the song by Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown, Illustrated by Tim Hopgood – A multicultural set of characters bring this classic puddle jumping, umbrella opening song to life. We love to read this then listen to the song on Alexa a few times while singing along. We often follow it up with some actual puddle jumping outside.
Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse & John J. Muth – a little girl and her mother are baking in the sun outside their city apartment upset the plants are drooping. She begs the rain to come, and when it finally does, she and her friends have a joyful celebration. The language in this one really brings it to life. Such a fun one for summer rain, but can be enjoyed anytime.
Rain by Carol Thompson – a great introduction to rain for our youngest learners.
In the Rain by Elizabeth Spurr & Manelle Oliphant – A little girl spends a rainy day outside splashing in puddles, making a paper boat float away, and making mud pies.
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates – A sweet story that teaches inclusion and tolerance by showing an umbrella is big enough for everyone on a rainy day.
With a three year old in the house, we definitely get excited for snow. These are the books we are going to use to talk about snow during Weather Week with Exploring Nature With Children next week.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal – A father and son head out skiing on a snowy day. They see a red squirrel disappear into the snow beginning a conversation about animals above and below the snow.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers – I’ve seen more and more poems being turned into stand-alone picture books, and I’m loving them! I feel they make the poems more accessible to kiddos (and me).
Winter Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow – Children go for a walk with their grandmother on a snowy day learning the names of plants and animals along the way in this rhyming text.. The objects they name really stand out against the muted background of this beautiful picture book.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – Peter wakes up to find himself in a winter wonderland. He spends the day outside playing and exploring in the snow before heading home for a bath. This story so beautifully captures the excitement of a snowy day.
When it Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershhator & Martin Matje – Where do animals go when it starts to snow? Find out in this fun rhyming book.
Brave Irene by William Steig – a brave girl trudges through a snowy landscape to deliver a ball gown made by her mother when her mother falls ill. I love this one because it portrays just how difficult a snowstorm can make travel, and it also has a strong female main character who’s determination pays off in the end.
Snow by Carol Thompson – A great introduction to snow for our littlest learners.
Interestingly I had a hard time finding fiction books about the sun. Maybe we take it for granted?
I did come across this adorable yoga picture book, Hello, Sun! by Sarah Jane Hinder, which shows a young girl doing a sun salutation. It’s easy to follow along with her, the words are simple, and the pictures are warm and inviting. I plan on doing this each morning next week with the kids to ease into the day.
Sun by Carol Thompson – a great introduction to sunny days for the little ones.
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