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Clouds: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about clouds?

“I think the most heavenly food is fluffy white clouds.” ― Jarod Kintz

Growing up, I always wanted a taste of those cotton candy looking clouds! Clouds can be such a fun part of life rather than the gloomy outlook of a storm. These cloud books will inspire your children to find shapes in the clouds, learn their names, and imagine wonderful, magical, and cloudy adventures.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Written by Judi Barrett & illustrated by Ron Barrett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The beloved, bestselling tale of edible weather is brought to life! If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you'd have no choice. What if you didn't like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?
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Cloudette
Written & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you're a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble? This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your size. Young children will find much to relate to in Cloudette as they follow her on her pursuit for greatness.
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The Cloud Spinner
Written by Michael Catchpool & illustrated by Alison Jay
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
A story about greed and consequences and a boy that learned to spin clothes from the clouds in the sky from his mother.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Perfect for Earth Day--and all through the year. From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it. One small boy has a special gift—he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy's magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. "It would not be wise," the boy protests. "Your majesty does not need them!" But spin he must—and soon the world around him begins to change....
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The Cloud
Written & illustrated by Hannah Cumming
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This book is about a different kind of cloud. The illustrations are great, and I love the message that being a friend can help someone feel better and make their "cloud" disappear.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Everyone has fun in art class except for one little girl who doesn't draw anything until a classmate figures out a way to make her smile.
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I'm Grumpy
Written by Jennifer L. Holm & illustrated by Matthew Holm
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This cute board book does a great job talking about emotions, and grumpy cloud shows that sometimes it's easy to get down in a funk! I love the ending where he chooses to be kind and happy to make sunny feel better, and I think that shows a great lesson about how we can choose to do something nice for someone--which will make us happy, and get us out of the dumps!
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This board book explores why Grumpy Cloud is grumpy.
Clouds book
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The Cloud Book book
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Little cloud book
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Cloud Country book
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  • Clouds - Do you ever wake up and wonder what the weather will be? Instead of turning on the TV to find out, you can just look out your window at the clouds. How do you know what type of clouds can forecast a change of weather? Read and find out.

  • The Cloud Book - Introduces the ten most common types of clouds, the myths that have been inspired by their shapes, and what they can tell about coming weather changes.

  • Little cloud - The clouds drift across the bright blue sky-all except one. Little Cloud trails behind. He is busy changing shapes to become a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat. Eric Carle’s trademark collages will make every reader want to run outside and discover their very own little cloud.

  • Cloud Country - Sitting there, among the clouds, looking down and day dreaming is… a little cloudlet. Gale would like nothing more than to make one real cloud shape. But instead, she creates something different. Wait until all of Cloud Country finds out!

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Cloud Dance
Written & illustrated by Thomas Locker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Clouds of many shapes and sizes drift and dance across the sky. Includes factual information on the formation and different kinds of clouds.
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It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Written & illustrated by Charles G. Shaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The white shape silhouetted against a blue background changes on every page.Is it a rabbit, a bird, or just spilt milk? Children are kept guessing until the surprise ending -- and will be encouraged to improvise similar games of their own.
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Sora and the Cloud
Written & illustrated by Felicia Hoshino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
A noted children's artist, Hoshino authors her first picture book, inspired by her own experiences as a mother to her son Sora: a growing boy enjoys the ultimate daydream - to soar like a cloud! Once a baby, now Sora is a boy who explores the world around him. First crawling and then walking, Sora soon learns to how to climb a tree. Up there a friendly cloud awaits! Hopping aboard, Sora embarks on a fantastic trip. Curious birds, squealing kites and whispering fireworks whirl by. This wonderful flight of fancy is created in Hoshino's hallmark style: a unique combination of mixed media creates ethereal environments with subtle shading, and contemplative characters who invoke the innocence of youth. Also included is a bilingual Japanese translation which highlights how Hoshino shares her heritage with her children and readers.
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Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
Written & illustrated by Anne Mazer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Abby hopes to prove that she is as great as her siblings.
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Cloud Boy
Written & illustrated by Rhode Montijo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Living all alone on a cloud, a young cloud boy gets an idea from a passing butterfly and soon fills the skies with cloud-creations that bring joy and happiness to his lonely world.
Pearl the Cloud Fairy book
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Tomie dePaola's The Cloud Book book
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Hedgehog and Rabbit: The Stubborn Cloud book
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How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow book
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  • Pearl the Cloud Fairy - When Pearl’s magic feather is missing, everybody in Wetherbury suddenly feels gloomy and the Weather Fairies must try to fix it quickly.

  • Tomie dePaola's The Cloud Book - You see, clouds are fun, silly, and very interesting. Tomie dePaola—best-selling author of Strega Nona, Quiet, and many others—knows a lot about clouds. He also knows a lot about what people think of them. Some people see animals and pictures in clouds.  The ancient Greeks believed that Hermes, the messenger of the gods, once stole the sun’s cattle, which were clouds. In this unique picture book, Tomie introduces some of the most common types of clouds, as well as the myths and legends inspired by their shapes.  Simple, whimsical illustrations show the variations in shape and color that herald changes in the weather.  This book will tell you many things about clouds we bet you didn’t know. Filled with his signature humor and gentle illustrations, Tomie dePaola’s approach to nonfiction is like no other. A Reading Rainbow book.

  • Hedgehog and Rabbit: The Stubborn Cloud - Hedgehog and Rabbit enjoy eating cabbages and looking for snails in their peaceful garden. When the sun is suddenly blocked by a stubborn cloud, the two friends need to come up with a plan to chase that cloud away.

  • How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow - The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. But one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. And that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth was left with no color … except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk. Determined to save the rainbows and fix the Sun and Clouds’ friendship, the crayons draw rainbows all over town. Their attempts go unnoticed. Soon they realize that they’re going to have to do something big to get the attention of the former friends. So, the crayons create the biggest rainbow they can and hope it’s enough to bring color back to the world. How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance through seven crayons with unique personalities and their desire to see the world in color. Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Outside
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Who does this footprint belong to? What is this worm up to? What is the name of this tree? Even if we live in the city, nature is still all around us: clouds and stars, trees and flowers, rocks and beaches, birds, reptiles or mammals. What are we waiting for? Let's jump off the couch and begin exploring! Created in collaboration with a team of Portuguese experts, this book, which won the coveted Bologna Regazzi award, aims to arouse your curiosity about fauna, flora and other aspects of the natural world. It includes suggestions for activities and many illustrations to help the whole family get started, leave the house, and go out to discover - or simply admire - the amazing world that exists outdoors.
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Once Upon a Cloud
Written & illustrated by Claire Keane
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Fresh from her work on Frozen and Tangled, Claire Keane brings her legendary talent to her debut picture book about finding the right present for someone you love. Celeste wants to give her mother something special—but what? Her search takes her up into the skies, where she meets the stars, the moon and the sun, but she still doesn’t find the heartfelt present she’s been looking for. At the end of her journey, Celeste sees it—the perfect gift! Chosen with care and wrapped with love, it’s just what Celeste was hoping to find. In this story about finding unexpected inspiration and giving from the heart, Claire Keane invites readers on a magical journey through the clouds. The result is a visually stunning book that really and truly is the perfect gift.
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Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds
Written by Abby Hanlon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
A loose tooth leads to hilarious hijinks with the tooth fairy in book four of the wonderfully imaginative Dory Fantasmagory series Dory has her first loose tooth, and, with her usual over-the-top excitement, she cannot stop talking about the tooth fairy. Naturally, this drives her brother and sister crazy. But it also sparks a serious jealous streak in her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who wants all of Dory's attention to herself. But Mrs. Gobble Gracker has decided to steal the tooth fairy's job, and flying around in a tutu from Rosabelle, she heads for Dory's house. It's time for Dory to come up with a serious plan to get the tooth fairy her job back. The fourth installment in the wildly popular Dory Fantasmagory series delivers laughs on every page as Dory teams up with her pals, real and imaginary, to save the tooth fairy for all the world's children--and get her dollar!
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Picture the Sky
Written & illustrated by Barbara Reid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The sky can often tell different stories: in the clouds having a parade, in the stars blanketing the night, and in our imagination. Every hour, every day, in every season, the sky is different. In this companion to Picture a Tree, award-winning creator Barbara Reid offers a lyrical story using plasticine relief illustrations to explore the wondrous and ever-changing sky.
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Hide and Seek Fog
Written by Alvin Tresselt & illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In a Cape Cod seaside village, the children romp and play throughout a heavy fog with strange and mysterious effects.
Little Cloud and Lady Wind book
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It's Hard to be the Gray Cloud book
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  • Little Cloud and Lady Wind - Little Cloud likes her own place in the sky, away from the other clouds. There, the sky is all hers. She is free to make her own way and go where she wishes. Can Lady Wind show Little Cloud the power of being with others? Will Little Cloud agree there is strength in unity and change her ways? A fresh take on a classic story, Little Cloud and Lady Wind will teach kids how to work together to achieve their goals.

  • It's Hard to be the Gray Cloud - AMAZING BEDTIME STORY FOR TODDLERS!!! Hey, Kid! Would you like to get acquainted with a kind gray cloud? You know, no one wanted to play with him and he got very sad. The white clouds, animals, and flowers sent him away. They didn’t want him just because this little cloud was not like them. But soon it got so hot that they could not stand any longer! Only then they realized how helpful the gray cloud was and how wrong they were. They accepted their mistake and called him. And can you guess what the little cloud did? Yes! That’s right! He was not offended and came to help immediately! He was so friendly and kind that didn’t doubt a second! The children’s books “It’s hard to be THE GREY CLOUD” is written especially for toddlers. It will teach your child to be kind and helpful, never judge other kids by their appearance but understand their souls. With the help of this lovely picture book, your dear kid will grow a good and considerate person just like the main character of the story - the gray cloud! This amazing book is also a wonderful one for educators of kindergartens as it will teach kids the value of respect, friendliness, and compassion. Kids books should be not only colorful and filled with captivating pictures, but also be of a great moral value!

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