The weather is changing as the fall seems more like winter in many places, and it’s a great time to talk to your children about weather. Here are some of our favorite weather books to read.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett has long been a favorite. This book has a special place in my heart that also houses Corduroy and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day! This book will take you to another dimension in the way that is usually reserved for longer books or movies. In just a few pages you will dive into the land of Chewandswallow and it’s magical weather. See Chewandswallow is a place where the food falls from the sky. Instead of rain or snow they get hot dogs and a drizzle of soda, or peas and carrots! Things started going wrong in Chewandswallow though and the weather went nuts! I love asking children what food they wished fell from the sky and why after reading this book.
Un-Brella by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book , and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2 year old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swim suit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!
James and the Rain by Karla Kushkin is another great find. The story is about James who suits up when the rains comes down and goes about asking all the animals if they like the rain and what they do in it. The story builds with numbers as it goes along. The first animal James meets is 1 cow, the next are 2 ducks and the numbers continue to grow and grow. All the animals follow James and he has quite the entourage by the time he returns home. A great book for anyone like us that live with rain most days this time of year.
How the Ladies Stopped the Wind by Bruce McMillan is a charming story that is reminiscent of a folk tale, about ladies in Iceland who decide to plant trees to stop the wind. There is some fantastic bits of humor for parents and amazing illustrations! I love that it was the women and their chickens who took it upon themselves to stop the havoc that the wind was causing them. As someone who holds a degree in history and focused often on the history of women , it’s not a rare tale for women to band together and quietly fix things collectively.
What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rodgers is another wonderful weather book. It takes readers to all different environments from desserts to deep in the ocean and talks about the weather or lack of weather in each. I like the illustrations and the rhyming text, as well as the special section at the end of the book that uses photographs of children in different weather and asks the readers to answer questions about the photographs. Great teaching tool for preschoolers.