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Looking for a list of the best kids books about weather?

We’ve found the best books about weather for you and your little ones to read together, rain or shine! :) Maybe you’re looking to introduce your little babes to all of the different types of weather we receive on the earth, maybe you want to read books that have similar weather to the one you’re currently experiencing, or maybe you need a bunch of books about weather because your child wants to become a meteorologist. Maybe you live a place that doesn’t ever snow, and you want to help your kiddos see what it might be like to watch the snow fall and make snowmen.

No matter what you’re looking for, this comprehensive list of wonderful reads will have your little ones learning all about the different types of weather through fun stories and lovely illustrations.

Top 10 Books About Weather

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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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Thunder Cake
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Thoughts from Grammy
I love the unflappable Babushka in this story. She keeps the terrified child narrator busy, moving from one task to the next acquiring ingredients for the cake they are hurrying to make and gives her a reason to pay attention to the coming storm, counting between the thunder and lightning to gauge the distance of the storm. The slightly out-of-scale farm animals serve as a visual reminder that a child's perception is different than an adult's. I remember reading this to my children and enjoyed re-reading it for this review. There is something calming about Patricia Polacco's world, even though her characters have troubles, things work out for them in the end. It is all part of life.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
A loud clap of thunder booms, and rattles the windows of Grandma’s old farmhouse. “This is Thunder Cake baking weather,” calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm. A real Thunder Cake must reach the oven before the storm arrives. But the list of ingredients is long and not easy to find . . . and the storm is coming closer all the time! Reaching once again into her rich childhood experience, Patricia Polacco tells the memorable story of how her grandma–her Babushka–helped her overcome her fear of thunder when she was a little girl. Ms. Polacco’s vivid memories of her grandmother’s endearing answer to a child’s fear, accompanied by her bright folk-art illustrations, turn a frightening thunderstorm into an adventure and ultimately . . . a celebration! Whether the first clap of thunder finds you buried under the bedcovers or happily anticipating the coming storm, Thunder Cake is a story that will bring new meaning and possibility to the excitement of a thunderstorm.
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Come On, Rain
Written by Karen Hesse & illustrated by Jon J Muth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat.
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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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Rain!
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Christian Robinson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Good attitudecanchase away the blues at any age!Now in aboard book format for more rainy day reading. "
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The Storm Dragon
Written by Paula Harrison & illustrated by Sophy Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
A group of friends set out to save magical creatures from a cruel queen and her wicked soldiers in the first book in the brand-new Secret Rescuers chapter book series. When Sophy finds a little lost dragon named Cloudy, she knows he’s in danger. It will take all the courage she can muster—and a little bit of magic—to keep the baby dragon safe. But what if there are other creatures in danger? It looks like Sophy’s going to need some friends to help her with her secret rescues…
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A Year with the Wind
Written & illustrated by Hanna Konola
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
This is a fairly short book. It goes through each month of the year and how the wind is different in those seasons. I like that it teaches the the months in order, that is a hard one for little kids to wrap their minds around at first and this book lays it out for them to see. It is also fun for them to see how the seasons change from month to month.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Charming illustrations and fun, engaging rhymes will enchant toddlers as they learn about the wind; holding kites high in the spring, pushing sailboats in the summer, tossing leaves around in the fall, and making snowflakes dance in the winter. Hanna Konola's illustrations are popular the world over.
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Otis and the Tornado
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Otis and all his farm friends are enjoying a summer’s day, but the bull has no interest in playing and stays in his pen. Suddenly the day turns frightening and stormy: it’s a tornado! Otis takes all of the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.
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Little Owl's Snow
Written & illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day! “Winter’s almost here!” says Little Owl, as he observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend racoon are watching their breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: Snow! Here is the perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day, and a wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons!
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Elmer's Weather
Written & illustrated by David McKee
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, Elmer loves to play! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is perfect for the very youngest Elmer fans.
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Books About Weather and African Americans

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Come On, Rain
Written by Karen Hesse & illustrated by Jon J Muth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat.
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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Written by Julie T. Lamana
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Armani Curtis can think about only one thing: her tenth birthday. All her friends are coming to her party, her mama is making a big cake, and she has a good feeling about a certain wrapped box. Turning ten is a big deal to Armani. It means she's older, wiser, more responsible. But when Hurricane Katrina hits the Lower Nines of New Orleans, Armani realizes that being ten means being brave, watching loved ones die, and mustering all her strength to help her family weather the storm. A powerful story of courage and survival, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere celebrates the miraculous power of hope and love in the face of the unthinkable.
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Another Kind of Hurricane
Written by Tamara Ellis Smith
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
The world, itself, seems to bring together Henry, whose best friend died near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and Zavion, who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, so that the boys can help each other heal.
Honorable Mentions
The Snowy Day book
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Together for Kwanzaa book
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Marvelous Cornelius book
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Ninth Ward book
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  1. The Snowy Day - Celebrate a major anniversary of a true classic! In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. The Snowy Day transformed children’s literature with its pioneering portrayal of an African-American child and the charming story and artwork that won it the Caldecott Medal. Fifty years later, Viking proudly celebrates Peter’s adventure in this very special edition. Featuring eight pages of bonus material and a festive cover, this oversized edition of Keats’s beloved book is a must-have.

  2. Together for Kwanzaa - Kwanzaa is Kayla’s favorite time of year. But this year, it looks as if a heavy snowstorm will keep her big brother, Khari, from getting home in time for the festivities! Will Khari miss the celebration completely? Or will Kayla and her brother somehow find a way to be together for Kwanzaa? A perfect introduction to Kwanzaa, this book will teach children all about the traditions and practices that make it a special winter holiday.

  3. Marvelous Cornelius - In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

  4. Ninth Ward - In New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

Books About Weather and Clouds

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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....
Honorable Mentions
The Cloud book
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Clouds book
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I'm Grumpy book
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Little cloud book
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  1. The Cloud - 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.

  2. 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.

  3. I'm Grumpy - 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!

  4. 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.

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Books About Weather and Feelings And Emotions

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Thunder Cake
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Thoughts from Grammy
I love the unflappable Babushka in this story. She keeps the terrified child narrator busy, moving from one task to the next acquiring ingredients for the cake they are hurrying to make and gives her a reason to pay attention to the coming storm, counting between the thunder and lightning to gauge the distance of the storm. The slightly out-of-scale farm animals serve as a visual reminder that a child's perception is different than an adult's. I remember reading this to my children and enjoyed re-reading it for this review. There is something calming about Patricia Polacco's world, even though her characters have troubles, things work out for them in the end. It is all part of life.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
A loud clap of thunder booms, and rattles the windows of Grandma’s old farmhouse. “This is Thunder Cake baking weather,” calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm. A real Thunder Cake must reach the oven before the storm arrives. But the list of ingredients is long and not easy to find . . . and the storm is coming closer all the time! Reaching once again into her rich childhood experience, Patricia Polacco tells the memorable story of how her grandma–her Babushka–helped her overcome her fear of thunder when she was a little girl. Ms. Polacco’s vivid memories of her grandmother’s endearing answer to a child’s fear, accompanied by her bright folk-art illustrations, turn a frightening thunderstorm into an adventure and ultimately . . . a celebration! Whether the first clap of thunder finds you buried under the bedcovers or happily anticipating the coming storm, Thunder Cake is a story that will bring new meaning and possibility to the excitement of a thunderstorm.
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Rain!
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Christian Robinson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Good attitudecanchase away the blues at any age!Now in aboard book format for more rainy day reading. "
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Singing in the Rain
Written by & illustrated by Tim Hopgood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, Oh, what a glorious feeling! Spring calls in this classic Broadway number, brought to life in a beautiful picture book—perfect for sharing! Jump in puddles, raise umbrellas, and dance with joy through the pages of this visual story. With colorful, springy scenes and the familiar lyrics, this is a beautiful, gift-worthy, feel-good read-aloud.
Honorable Mentions
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm book
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Storm Song book
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Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow book
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Mr. Sherman's Cloud book
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  1. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm - When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing. Along the way, he meets many friends, including a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With their help, Rhino lets go of the storm inside and learns to see the light in a world turned gray. Mica Mouse is soothed by the story and Papa’s gentle reminder that even though bad things sometimes happen, the world is full of people who care. In his first children’s book, longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gives us an engaging resource to help children express their feelings and navigate through difficult experiences. The “Take a Deeper Look” page at the end of the book even provides discussion questions to facilitate a healing dialogue.

  2. Storm Song - As thunder and lightning approach, a family gathers inside to play, sing, eat, and snuggle together until the weather clears. This sweet story captures both the excitement of a thunderstorm and the reassurance children need during a storm. The lively, rhythmic text mimics the storm sounds while the bold, playful art conveys this special family time.

  3. Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow - In this hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, Ladybug Girl and Bingo need to look on the bright side of things to make their snow day adventure as much fun as it should be. Lulu and her dog Bingo wake up to a snow-covered yard and decide to have the best snow day ever. They make penguin tracks and taste the frosting-like snow. But the snow is deep and cold, and when Lulu tries to build a fort or make a snowball, her mittens are too wet and snow falls down the back of her neck. This is not the day she planned. And then Lulu remembers that she is Ladybug Girl and Ladybug Girl can do anything! With another determined look at the snow, Ladybug Girl overcomes her frustration and sees the yard in a whole new light. She and Bingo are now ready to use their imaginations to create their own snow games, snow animals, and snow adventures! For fans of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow honors the magic of the outdoors and creativity!

  4. Mr. Sherman's Cloud - It’s the little things that can turn a bad day into a better one. One morning, Sherman’s bad mood takes the form of a literal rain cloud, soaking him and making his mood―and the weather―worse. An unexpected encounter with imaginative children helps Mr. Sherman find the silver lining to his cloud and brightens his day, turning his outlook from pessimism into optimism. The expressive graphic art creates an eye-catching and meaningful story. Readers will be empathetic to Sherman’s woes and uplifted when reminded that the sun does eventually come out again after the rain.

Books About Weather and Action And Adventure

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The Storm Dragon
Written by Paula Harrison & illustrated by Sophy Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
A group of friends set out to save magical creatures from a cruel queen and her wicked soldiers in the first book in the brand-new Secret Rescuers chapter book series. When Sophy finds a little lost dragon named Cloudy, she knows he’s in danger. It will take all the courage she can muster—and a little bit of magic—to keep the baby dragon safe. But what if there are other creatures in danger? It looks like Sophy’s going to need some friends to help her with her secret rescues…
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Finding Someplace
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The weekend she turns thirteen, aspiring clothing designer Teresa "Reesie" Boone is separated from her family by Hurricane Katrina but, during the horrific storm and its aftermath, begins to find strength in herself.
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Chasing Helicity
Written by Ginger Zee
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Helicity is well aware that her name is unusual - kind of like Helicity herself. The word Helicity means to spin, and for as long as she can remember, Helicity has been fascinated by the weather. The weather is Helicity's escape from her own reality - may that be school, her father's strict discipline, or her brother's imminent departure for college where he's all set to play football. One fateful day, Helicity and her horse head out on a long ride to take a break from life at home. Even with her vast experience with weather, Helicity is unprepared for the elements she faces. The choices Helicity makes before, during, and after that storm will have a lasting effect on her family and her future.
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Splish, Splash, Ducky! book
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The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane book
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The Lightning Thief book
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April Fool, Phyllis! book
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  1. Splish, Splash, Ducky! - Oh, goody, hooray! It’s raining today. When I’m feeling happy. I say quack, quack, quack. Ducky Duckling has so much fun in the rain! Readers will be happy to splish, splash, and paddle along with on Ducky’s adventures with a frog and a worm, a bug and a slug, some swans and some fish. But what happens when the rain stops and Ducky feels sad? Can Dad save the day and bring sunshine back into those “quack, quack, quacks”? Revel in the rain with a little duckling and friends in a bright adventure from the creator of Maisy that kids will find just ducky.

  2. The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane - Count on Ms. Frizzle to teach anything but an ordinary lesson on meteorology. Flying through the clouds in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class experiences a hurricane-and even a tornado-firsthand. During their thrilling ride through the sky, Arnold gets lost! Will the Friz be able to save the day this time?

  3. The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

  4. April Fool, Phyllis! - It might be April Fools’ Day, but Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that winter isn’t over yet. Her infallible instincts tell her that a blizzard is brewing. Too bad no one will believe her. Luckily Phyllis uses a combination of common sense and uncommon abilities to lead the April Fools’ Day treasure hunters back to safety when the storm comes on quickly. Once again Phyllis gets the last laugh in this buoyant holiday tale.

Books About Weather and Fall

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A Year with the Wind
Written & illustrated by Hanna Konola
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
This is a fairly short book. It goes through each month of the year and how the wind is different in those seasons. I like that it teaches the the months in order, that is a hard one for little kids to wrap their minds around at first and this book lays it out for them to see. It is also fun for them to see how the seasons change from month to month.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Charming illustrations and fun, engaging rhymes will enchant toddlers as they learn about the wind; holding kites high in the spring, pushing sailboats in the summer, tossing leaves around in the fall, and making snowflakes dance in the winter. Hanna Konola's illustrations are popular the world over.
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Listen, Listen
Written by Phillis Gershator & illustrated by Alison Jay
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
The beautiful, crackly illustrations are whimsical and fun, and I love all the different tableaus. This book takes you through all four seasons and the sounds you may hear out and about, encouraging to stop, listen, and be in the moment!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Introduce young readers to the sights and sounds of the year - from summer's sizzling sun to winter's crackling snow. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by internationally renowned illustrator, Alison Jay, this book will open your child's eyes and ears to the world around them!
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Autumnblings
Written & illustrated by Douglas Florian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
What do you like about autumn? Flying kites? Apple picking? Trick or treat? Frisbee flicking? What do you not like about autumn? Back to school? Winds that gust? Bare trees? Rains that rust? This collection of poems and paintings welcomes fall with all the crisp energy of a joyful tumbling run. A companion volume to the highly praised Winter Eyes and Summersaults, Autumnblings proves once again that Douglas Florian is a poet for all seasons.
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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn book
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Summer Days Fall Days book
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Full of Fall book
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Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! book
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  1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn - As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows—autumn is on its way! Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.

  2. Summer Days Fall Days - In these graphic flip books, young readers will learn about the seasons.

  3. Full of Fall - Discover the magic—and the science—behind fall leaves with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow. With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.

  4. Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! - Leaves on trees are green and bright Abracadabra! What a Sight! Eleven gatefolds open to re-create the excitement and surprise of fall’s arrival, revealing what happens when the leaves turn. Fall is a season of transition: apples are picked, and animals prepare for winter. Summer days are coming to an end, and there’s a hint of winter in the air. Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! celebrates the magic of that in-between time.

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Books About Weather and Snow

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Little Owl's Snow
Written & illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day! “Winter’s almost here!” says Little Owl, as he observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend racoon are watching their breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: Snow! Here is the perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day, and a wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons!
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Snow Song
Written by A. K. Riley & illustrated by Dawn Lo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
An enchanting story told in rhythmic free verse of a young girl exploring the world on a wintry, snow-filled day.This beautiful picture book uses rhythmic and sensory free verse to tell the story of a young girl exploring the outdoors on a wintry day. Everywhere she goes, the snow fills her with wonder and delight. There are fine pearls of snow, a twirl of snow, a curl of snow. The sky unravels into snow, the pond lathers up with snow, the hills are knitted caps of snow. All she encounters is framed by the snow. It captivates her, swaddles her world, and makes everything snug --- from first light, to the darkness of bedtime. A. K. Riley has crafted an evocative and playful ode to the winter snow that perfectly captures the magic of a winter's day for a child. The verse alternates from slow to fast, deftly playing with pace and sure to keep readers engaged. Dawn Lo's fresh illustrations create a charming visual narrative of snow-filled scenes filled with joy. With a simultaneously classic and contemporary feel, this enchanting read-aloud is perfect for a winter-themed story time, a discussion of poetry, or a classroom unit on the seasons. It also touchingly explores ideas of how communities and friendships are enhanced through shared experiences.
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Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming & illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Celebrate the four seasons of the year and all of the fun that comes with them with this lyrical, rhyming picture book from the author of I Heart You. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! This lyrical exploration of the four seasons and all of the wonder that they bring is illustrated with vibrant watercolors.
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Waiting for Snow book
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White Snow, Bright Snow book
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Snowflake Bentley book
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One Snowy Day book
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  1. Waiting for Snow - Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time.

  2. White Snow, Bright Snow - When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grownups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on thier tongues.

  3. Snowflake Bentley - “Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.” — Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.

  4. One Snowy Day - When millions of snowflakes blanket the town in white, ONE energetic puppy and TWO children set out for some snowy day fun—full of friends, sledding, snowballs, puppy hijinks, and more. The lyrical, rhyming text counts up to ten and back down to one, making this the perfect way to incorporate learning into snow day fun.

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Books About Weather and Storms

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The Long Winter
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.
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The Sea Knows
Written by Alan B. Havis and Alice B. McGinty & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Dive in and explore the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants in this lyrical, fact-filled ode to the sea! This beautifully illustrated picture book features extensive nonfiction backmatter for further exploration. We are young. The sea is old. The sea has secrets to unfold. The sea knows. In this playful, rhyming celebration of the marine world, readers can explore all of the wondrous things the sea knows. It knows huge whales and small krill; it knows short crabs and tall giant kelp; it knows brightly colored starfish in shallow pools; and in the inky depths it knows the alluring jewel of an anglerfish’s glowing lure. Discover all of the strange and magnificent underwater creatures in this accessible tribute to the power and mystery of the ocean.
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The Mermaid's Purse
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
"Stella loves books so much, she starts her own library--but then a storm threatens to destroy everything"--
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Out of the Dust book
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  1. Out of the Dust - Out of the Dust joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content! “Dust piles up like snow across the prairie. . . .” A terrible accident has transformed Billie Jo’s life, scarring her inside and out. Her mother is gone. Her father can’t talk about it. And the one thing that might make her feel better — playing the piano — is impossible with her wounded hands. To make matters worse, dust storms are devastating the family farm and all the farms nearby. While others flee from the dust bowl, Billie Jo is left to find peace in the bleak landscape of Oklahoma — and in the surprising landscape of her own heart.

  2. The Storm Whale in Winter - In this sequel to The Storm Whale, the boy, Noi, is caught in a storm at sea and his whale friend comes to his rescue. When Noi’s dad sails out on one last fishing trip before winter, Noi waits for him at home. But as the storm worsens and his dad does not return, Noi decides to go looking for his dad. But the storm is powerful and dangerous, and soon Noi, too, is stuck in the icy sea. When it seems that all hope is lost, a friend comes to help Noi and his father. Poignant and evocative, this is a beautiful celebration of friendship and family, and the special bond between a father and son.

  3. Nighttime Symphony - The sounds of the city at night create a lively lullaby in this melodious bedtime story from superstar producer and musician Timbaland, Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Christopher Myers, and Kaa Illustration! hey there, darling baby child, you’re safe in here though the storm is wild the streetlights glow through dark so deep but safe in sound you’ll go to sleep As a little boy gets ready for bed, the sounds of a wild storm echo around him, lulling him to sleep. From the crash of thunder to the pitter-patter of raindrops to the beat of passing cars, the music of the city creates a cozy bedtime soundtrack.

  4. Where Do They Go When It Rains? - Stef takes the twins out for a walk to the pond. On their way they pass through fields full of flowers, grasshoppers and bees. They stop at a farm, where they feed the hens, pigs and ponies. But when they reach the pond, the clouds turn grey and it starts to rain. The twins love splashing about in the rain. But where do all the animals go when it rains? A wonderfully detailed picture book, with a variety of animals to spot, which will be enjoyed time and time again.

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Books About Weather and First Concepts

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What Makes a Rainbow?
Written & illustrated by Betty Ann Schwartz
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Toddlers are bound to love listening to this charming story and seeing a different colored ribbon with the turn of each page--and the last pop-up spread is sure to delight.
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Lionel and Molly: Colors
Written by Joanna Lake & illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Introducing Lionel and Molly--two best friends exploring the world around them in this touch and feel concept board book. Lionel the lion and Molly the mouse are best friends who love exploring the world together. Join them as they discover the colors and beauty of the seasons, like the bright yellow sun in the summer and big blue rain puddles in the spring.
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Love You, Hug You, Read to You!
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Frank Endersby
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
“There are three things I’ll always do . . . love you, hug you, read to you!” The simple promise of togetherness offered in this board book is enhanced by interactive prompts throughout, encouraging parents to engage with their child while reading. Studies show that asking questions, like the ones in this book, helps children learn to read faster than if they just listen to a story. Love and literacy are gifts we can give to our children every day! Also available as a bilingual (Spanish and English) edition entitled Te Amo, te Abrazo, leo contigo!
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Tomie dePaola's The Cloud Book book
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  1. 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.

  2. Winter Days Spring Days - In these graphic flip books, young readers will learn about the seasons.

  3. The Things That I Love about Trees - Journey through the seasons and discover how much there is to love about trees! From brand-new buds in spring to the sound of the wind whooshing through the leaves in summer, from the fall colors to the feel of winter’s rough bark and the promise of spring returning again—no matter what time of year, there’s always something extraordinary to notice about the trees around your neighborhood. Chris Butterworth’s text, gently sprinkled with facts, captures the wonder of a child as Charlotte Voake’s busy, buoyant artwork conveys how something as simple and common as a tree can feel like magic taking root around you.

  4. When Green Becomes Tomatoes - december 29 and i woke to a morning that was quiet and white the first snow (just like magic) came on tip toes overnight Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano’s skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad’s charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.

Books About Weather and The Environment

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Every Color of Light: A Book about the Sky
Written by Hiroshi Osada & illustrated by Ryoji Arai
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gentle and lyrical, _Every Color of Light_ is a bedtime story told by the elements. _Every Color of Light_ opens on a lush, green forest in the rain. Illustrated by the masterful Ryoji Arai, the calm is shattered when the wind picks up and lightning cuts the sky. Yet out of this turbulence, the day blooms bright, the flowers open, and raindrops roll and drip down to the forest floor. The sun sets. The moon rises, and in a pool of water we see its reflection. We go to sleep with the forest, sinking into the pool, into the calm reflection of the moon. Harmonizing our human experience to the natural world, Arai invites the reader to hold imaginative space for our oneness with the natural world. **Ryôji Arai** was born in Yamagata, Japan, in 1956. He has an illustrative style all of his own: bold, mischievous, and unpredictable. Arai studied art at Nippon University. His art is at once genuine and truly poetic, encouraging children to paint and to tell their own stories. He took the Japanese picture-book world by storm in the 1990s. Since then, he has one multiple awards, including the international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005. **David Boyd** is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His translations have appeared in _Monkey Business International, Granta_, and _Words Without Borders_, among other publications.
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The Little Green Hen
Written & illustrated by Alison Murray
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Recommend Ages: 2-5
A timely retelling plays off "The Little Red Hen" with an environmental slant. On top of a hill, inside an old and very fruitful apple tree, lives Little Green Hen. She prunes the tree's branches, rids it of pests, and sows its seeds so that more trees will grow. But soon the work proves too much, and Little Green Hen seeks some help. Dog (who loves sticks), Sparrow (who loves bugs), and Squirrel (who loves burying things) are glad to pitch in. But Peacock, Fox, and Cat have far more important things to do -- until the storms roll in, the rain comes down, and the waters rise. . . . With contemporary flair, Alison Murray offers another engaging adaptation of a traditional children's tale.
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This Beautiful Day
Written by Richard Jackson & illustrated by Suzy Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Undaunted by the rainy weather, three children take their happiness outside and seem to chase the clouds away as they jump, skip, and dance together.
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The Boy and the Wild Blue Girl book
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  1. The Boy and the Wild Blue Girl - Inspired by the work of wind pioneer Poul la Cour, The Boy and the Wild Blue Girl is the imagined story of the invention of wind turbines, featuring themes perfect for Earth Day. Everyone thought the wild blue girl was a nuisance. Everyone, that is, but Poul. This is a clever and inspiring story of how curiosity and observation can bring about change in the world.

  2. Picture the Sky - 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.

  3. A Day So Gray - Once you start to notice, colors and reasons for gratitude are everywhere, and that changes everything! Celebrate the hues and comforts of a cozy winter day as a discontented girl at first notices only dull grays and browns in a snowy landscape but is coaxed by her friend to look more closely. Soon she finds orange berries, blue water, purple shadows, and more. Warm friendship and a fresh way of seeing things transform a snow-covered landscape from bleak to beautiful!

Books About Weather and Science

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The Cloud Book
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
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.
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Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?
Written by Harriet Ziefert & illustrated by Brigette Barrager
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
"A little girl steps out into her rainy yard in search of her missing kitten. She discovers a series of charming garden denizens on the way to finding Kitty. After celebrating the glories of a rainy day, the book ends with a heartwarming reunion between girl and cat"--
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Nerdy Babies: Weather
Written & illustrated by Emmy Kastner
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
**Nerdy Babies is a series that will ignite curiosity in even the youngest readers and encourage them to ask questions and explore the world around them.** In _Nerdy Babies: Weather_, follow our intrepid babies into the eye of the storm. Experience sunshine, wind, rain, and other weather patterns. Plus, learn about how we predict the weather in this simple text written in question and answer format. With bright artwork by Emmy Kastner, Nerdy Babies is a series that the very littlest nerds will want to return to again and again. Stay curious. There’s more to learn about everything!
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Little Cloud: The Science of a Hurricane book
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  1. Little Cloud: The Science of a Hurricane - This STEM-based picture book follows the origin of a hurricane, from a little cloud to a life-threatening storm. Follow our little cloud on an adventure through the sky and learn the science behind how it transforms from a simple cumulus cloud to a full-blown hurricane. Beautifully detailed illustrations from award-winning artist Julie McLaughlin integrate science with storytelling. Children will enjoy finding new gems of information even after several reads, thanks to a whimsical and rich layout. And meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe weaves a comprehensive narrative about a powerful weather system that’s so compelling readers won’t even realize they are on their way to becoming budding meteorologists.

  2. Under the Snow - A cozy look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a snowy day. When snow falls, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground? Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance R. Bergum’s glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and magic that can happen under the snow.

  3. It's Raining Frogs and Fishes - All the most fascinating phenomena of the sky, including rainbows, meteors, tornadoes, and the northern lights, are examined and explained in this beautifully illustrated and enthusiastic look at the natural world. 80 black-and-white drawings.

  4. Wild Weather: Hurricanes! - This book discusses where hurricanes come from, what types there are, and what people should do when one strikes.0

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Books About Weather and Tornado

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Otis and the Tornado
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Otis and all his farm friends are enjoying a summer’s day, but the bull has no interest in playing and stays in his pen. Suddenly the day turns frightening and stormy: it’s a tornado! Otis takes all of the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.
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The Bravest of Us All
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold & illustrated by Brad Sneed
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Ruby Jane has always looked up to her older sister, Velma Jean for her brave and daring stunts, but it is Ruby Jane's turn to be brave in the face of a tornado that threatens her sister's life.
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Wild Weather: Tornadoes!
Written by Lorraine Jean Hopping & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Describes the work of two people who study tornadoes in the Midwest by discovering and following them.
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Tornado book
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  1. Tornado - From Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars comes a sweet, entertaining story that will touch the heart of dog lovers at any age. A tornado appears in the distance, and the family quickly gathers into the storm cellar. The storm rages outside, but Pete, the farmhand, knows this is the perfect time to tell his stories about a dog named Tornado. Blown into their lives by a twister when Pete was a boy, Tornado was no ordinary dog—he played card tricks, saved a turtle’s life, and had a rivalry with the family cat. Forgetting their fear, the family hangs on every word of Pete’s stories—both happy and sad—of this remarkable dog.

  2. Twister on Tuesday - An adventure to blow you away! That’s what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the 1870s. They land on the prairie near a one-room schoolhouse, where they meet a teenage schoolteacher, some cool kids, and one big, scary bully. But the biggest and scariest thing is yet to come!

  3. About Average - As the end of sixth grade nears, Jordan Johnson, unhappy that she is only average in appearance, intelligence, and athletic ability, reveals her special skills when disaster strikes her central Illinois elementary school.

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Books About Weather and Family

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When the Wind Blows
Written by Linda Booth Sweeney & illustrated by Jana Christy
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
When the Wind Blows is a cute rhyming book about all the different sounds and scenes that come with wind. The author uses strong verbs to paint beautiful imagery: kites fly, ties flip, trees dance. The two-word sentences carry through nearly every page of the book, so it goes by fast, just like the windy day it tells of.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Spring weather can be exciting! When wind chimes start singing and clouds race across the sky, one little guy knows just what to do—grab his kite! But as the kite soars, the wind picks up even more, and soon he and his grandma are chasing the runaway kite into town. As they pass swirling leaves, bobbing boats, and flapping scarves, breezes become gusts and the sky darkens. Rain is on the way! Can they squeeze in one more adventure before the downpour? Scenes rich with springtime details for little eyes to follow and lyrical verse that captures the changeable mood of the weather make this perfect for spring story times.
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Snow Still
Written & illustrated by Holly Surplice
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A little fawn wakes up to discover that the world outside has changed after a snowfall. As he takes his first faltering steps into this exciting snow-white world, he finds there’s so much to discover and explore. And when it’s time to return to the warmth of home, his parents are waiting right there for him.
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Too Much Rain
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
When heavy rain causes flooding, Katie Woo and her parents spend the night in a shelter.
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Lights Out book
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  1. Lights Out - After a strong storm, Sofia and her family are without power. Sofia and her dad head to the store to buy supplies and come home with the perfect plan to have fun with or without power! This early chapter book includes Spanish words.

  2. Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy - Extreme weather affects two children’s lives in very different ways and shows how the power of nature can bring us together. One girl. One boy. Their lives couldn’t be more different. While she turns her shoulder to sandstorms and blistering winds, he cuffs his pants when heavy rains begin to fall. As the weather becomes more severe, their families and animals must flee to safety—and their destination shows that they might be more alike than they seem. The journeys of these two children experiencing weather extremes in India highlight the power of nature and the resilience of the the human spirit.

  3. Finn Throws a Fit! - Who among us hasn’t encountered that force of nature called “a fit”? A best-selling author and illustrator depict a toddler’s tantrum in all its horror and hilarity. Finn likes peaches. Usually. But not today. Today Finn doesn’t like anything. Uh-oh. Is Finn going to throw a fit? Author David Elliott directs the event with wit, warmth, and appropriate wariness, while illustrator Timothy Basil Ering’s energy and whimsy match this tantrum turn for turn. At once empathetic and uproariously funny, this picture book speaks directly to anyone (young or old) who has ever had — or tried to contain — a real earth-quaking, ground-shaking, full-on fit.

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Books About Weather and The Wind

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The Wind
Written & illustrated by Monique Felix
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Creative Editions is proud to offer new editions of these cleverly illustrated books, which have charmed countless browsers over the years. Each story features a curious mouse that eats its way into a book and then turns the blank sheets of paper into something more. Find out how the crafty rodent escapes the confines of The Wind by harnessing its power
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Flora's Very Windy Day
Written by Jeanne Birdsall & illustrated by Matt Phelan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When a big wind blows away her annoying little brother Crispin, Flora decides to save him despite the many tempting offers she gets for him from, among others, a cloud, an eagle, the man in the moon and the wind itself.
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Argyle Fox
Written by & illustrated by Marie Letourneau
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh! Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother's suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution. The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.
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Herbie's Big Adventure book
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  1. Herbie's Big Adventure - Herbie is a little hedgehog who is perfectly happy at home with his mother. But one day Mommy tells Herbie that it’s time to go exploring―all by himself! Herbie is so not sure, but ready or not, a westerly wind sweeps Herbie into the wide world…and Herbie’s Big Adventure begins! Little Herbie finds that he’s braver than he thinks and even makes a friend before coming safely back home to Mommy.

  2. The Queen's Hat - From Steve Antony, the author and illustrator of PLEASE, MR. PANDA and BETTY GOES BANANAS! A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvelous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen’s men, and one very special hat. Just where will that hat land? Following a hysterical, epic hat chase, the Queen is reunited with her hat — and the royal baby! Young children will love the search-and-find fun of the story, the hysterical mayhem that breaks loose, and Steve Antony’s winning art style. THE QUEEN’S HAT shows some of London’s most famous sites, and back matter explains their significance.

  3. Junction - For generations the Face Changers have made the clay tokens that change the winds and faces of their kin. This month the youngest is tasked to take the ten thousand footsteps to the top of the mountain and engulf the town in the winds of change.

  4. The Wind Blew - A rhymed tale describing the antics of a capricious wind.

Books About Weather and Rain

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Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin & illustrated by David Walker
Thoughts from The Goodfather
This is a fun story of friendship on a rainy day. The rhyming is well done, and the text and storyline capture the charm and simple pleasure of enjoying a rainy day.
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
What has more play potential than a rainy day? Peep and Ducky return in a splashy story that begs to be read aloud. When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do. Inside, there is a tent to build and a pillow fight to be had. And outside, with the help of galoshes and umbrella, it’s fun to captain a boat—until a whoosh of wind and a clap of thunder sends them running back in! Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale will enchant both listener and reader.
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The Rain Stomper
Written by Addie Boswell & illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
A book with a lot of rhythm. BOOM, splatter, BANG, clap! A short story about a girl who's big plans for a parade get rained out.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin--a baton twirler--stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away.
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Tap Tap Boom Boom
Written by Elizabeth Bluemle & illustrated by G Brian Karas
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
As a thunderstorm sweeps into the city, the people of the neighborhood rush into the subway to wait out the wind and weather.
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On a Magical Do-Nothing Day book
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  1. On a Magical Do-Nothing Day - A compelling, magical picture book with whimsical, stunning art and heartfelt, charming text, from award-winning illustrator Beatrice Alemagna. “Hands down, Beatrice Alemagna is my favorite contemporary illustrator,” said the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, Christian Robinson. All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it’s a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun! On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong about that… While reading On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, one gets the sense that the illustrator became lost in her drawings, and as a reader, you will want to do the same. Perfect for fans of picture books by Julie Morstad, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, and Tomi Ungerer. From the creator of The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy and A Lion in Paris!

  2. Raindrop, Plop! - A young girl and her dog find many things to count on a rainy day, both as they play outside and after they come home to a warm, dry house.

  3. Because of Winn-Dixie - One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis.

  4. The Rain Came Down - Once upon a sunny day, the sky clouded over and the rain came down. The chickens squawked, the dog barked, the baby cried, the traffic snarled, the groceries fell, the people bickered and still, the rain came down.

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Books About Weather and Imagination And Play

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Lulu's Party
Written & illustrated by Kit Chase
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Follow-up to Kit Chase’s popular and utterly charming debut, Oliver’s Tree, starring Lulu, Charlie, and Oliver The weather is stormy and Lulu is disappointed that she can’t play outside, so she makes a special Rainy Day Treat and plans the perfect party for her friends Oliver and Charlie. But when it’s time to taste the creamy hot chocolate, they quickly realize something went very wrong. Lulu is devastated that her party is ruined, but with some quick-thinking, Charlie and Oliver figure out a delicious solution to save the day! Kit Chase offers a sweet ode to friendship in this tale of three best friends who are always ready to use their imaginations and help each other out.
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Frankenstein Doesn't Wear Earmuffs!
Written & illustrated by John Loren
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Earmuffs, a hilarious picture book debut from John Loren, a young boy with an overactive imagination gets ready to go trick-or-treating, but will his overly concerned parents ruin his plans for Halloween? A young trick-or-treater has the best Frankenstein costume ever . . . if he can make it out the front door! Every time he tries to set foot into the dark and stormy night, his parents interrupt with yet another warm and cozy addition to his costume. But Frankenstein does not wear floppy boots, or a puffy jacket, or a fanny pack. And he especially doesn’t wear earmuffs! Will our young Frankenstein be able to break loose from his bundled layers and have the Halloween of his dreams? Or will he be overcome by the weight of a ghastly fall wardrobe?
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Noah Builds an Ark
Written by Kate Banks & illustrated by John Rocco
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
A storm is coming -- a big one. How does a young urban boy prepare? A lovely allegorical story about ecology and caring inspired by the ancient tale of stewardship. While his family readies his townhouse for an approaching storm, boarding up windows and laying in groceries, Noah heads to the back garden, where beetles are burrowing deeper into the bark and mice are stuffing their hole with moss. Quickly and efficiently, Noah sets to work building an ark for them and other backyard creatures -- salamanders and toads, snakes and spiders, even brightly colored hummingbirds. Setting out fistfuls of nuts and leaves, berries and seeds, the boy props a flashlight inside and arranges some miniature furniture for the animals to sit or sleep on. "Come," Noah whispers to his friends just as his mother calls him inside and the dark storm roars in. From an award-winning author and a Caldecott Honoree comes a quietly inspiring story about how taking action on behalf of our fellow earth travelers can help us face fearsome events.
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The Night Before the Snow Day book
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  1. The Night Before the Snow Day - Could it be the night before a Snow Day? It’s nighttime and snow is falling hard. Will the town be snowed in? Will there be a snow day? Odds are looking good in this newest Night Before book for the kids who dream of snowball fights, sledding, and the possibility that it may snow again tomorrow!

  2. Worm Weather - Drip,drop, skip and hop. Splish, splash, sidewalk dash! It’s worm weather! Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.

  3. Hooray for Snow! - Beautiful illustrations bring a winter wonderland to life as three little squirrels try to convince Daddy to come out and play! Three squirrel children are ecstatic that it has snowed, but have a hard time pulling their sled, and an even harder time convincing Papa to come out in the cold and help them. Papa starts out shivering, but soon he is as warm as toast and having as much fun as the children.

  4. The Storm - As this evocative picture book begins, a little boy is excited about a trip to the beach with his parents planned for the following day. But a bad storm is coming, and he has started to worry they won’t be able to go. He watches as the sky grows darker through the afternoon. His mother and father close the shutters and bring the potted plants indoors. Then the storm arrives. ?All through dinner, the rain beats hard against the shutters. The wind howls and blows, ? the boy says. ?I try not to be scared.? At bedtime, he thinks, ?I wish I had a ship with big propellers that would spin stronger winds to drive the storm away.? While asleep, his wish becomes his dream, and he manages to blow away the dark clouds with his imaginary vessel. Then, to his delight, when he awakens, he finds his dream of clear blue skies has come true. Author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi uses spare text and black-and-white drawings to echo the tension and uncertainty a child feels when encountering severe weather. The boy knows he is safe, yet danger is near. When he faces his fear in his dream, he becomes empowered by having conquered it. This is a perfect book for a quiet storytime on a rainy day. It would also work for launching conversations about fears, particularly those that are nature related, or as the impetus for children’s own imaginary stories of how they could be courageous and save the day.

Books About Weather and Animals

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Bush Tracks
Written by Ros Moriarty & illustrated by Balarinji Studio
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
What can you see? Follow the clues that landscape, seasons, weather, the stars, the moon and the sun give to navigate bush tracks and find the Australian animal. A lyrical, fun story about tracking animals in the bush featuring vibrant illustrations by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio.
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When the Storm Comes
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
A storm and its sunny aftermath come to life through gorgeous art and lyrical text. What do you do when the clouds roll in, When the wind chimes clang and the weather vanes spin? When stormy skies threaten, people stock up on supplies, bring in their outside toys, and check the news for updates. And during the storm, if the power goes out, they can play games and tell stories by candlelight. But what do animals do? They watch and listen, look for a cozy den or some other sheltered spot, and hunker down to wait. After the storm, while the people are cleaning up their yards, making repairs, and checking on the neighbors, the animals emerge from their hiding places and shake off the rain. And everyone is happy to be out in the sunshine again, grateful for better weather and the company of friends.
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Hedgehog and Rabbit: The Stubborn Cloud
Written by Pablo Albo & illustrated by Gomez
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
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.
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Tales of Sasha 7: The Royal Island book
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Spring in the Woods book
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  1. Tales of Sasha 7: The Royal Island - In book seven of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha, Wyatt, and Kimani travel to the royal island of flying horses! Sasha, Kimani, and Wyatt are flying to the island of royal flying horses where the King and Queen are waiting to meet Sasha! The journey is going well until a powerful storm forces them to take shelter on a small island until the next morning. But the King and Queen have to leave the royal island in a few hours, and the trio is off course and without their map! Will Sasha find a way to get to the island before the King and Queen leave?

  2. Spring in the Woods - Join the fun of finding and counting all the animals, flowers, and insects, as more and more appear on a lively walk through the woods during the springtime. Packed with repetition that young children love and that also helps them learn, this is an entertaining introduction to colors, numbers, and the seasons.

  3. Winter Is Here - From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall, this picture book about winter celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the winter season. Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings beautifully capture the joyful wonders of winter. This is an engaging companion to the best-selling When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall. Winter Is Here is an ideal choice for story time, seasonal curriculums, and bedtime reading.

Books About Weather and Transportation

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Float
Written & illustrated by Daniel Miyares
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
"Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain"--
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The Skies Above My Eyes
Written by Charlotte Guillain & illustrated by Yuval Zommer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Have you ever looked up and wondered what's going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space, and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book. Readers will zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, and satellites, hang-gliders and hot-air balloons. They'll also discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond. Following on from The Street Beneath My Feet, which dug down to the centre of the Earth, this expansive concertina book opens out to an impressive 2.5 metres, perfect for inquisitive young minds.
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Small Walt and Mo the Tow
Written by Elizabeth Verdick & illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Small Walt befriends a tow truck when he comes across a car in need of help in this irresistible companion to Small Walt, which Kirkus Reviews called “charming and endearing” in a starred review. We’re Gus and Walt We plow and we salt We clear the snow so the Cars can go! A bitter blizzard. A snowbound town. When a car skids off the road, Small Walt and Gus might not have what it takes to save the day on their own. But who does? Mo the Tow to the rescue! When we need a tow, We call on Mo… We can depend On our new friend! Text filled with onomatopoeia and Walt’s affirming chants make this story about friendship and accepting help from others a real winner.
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Snowy Race book
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Good Night, Little Blue Truck book
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Farmer John's Tractor book
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  1. Snowy Race - Cozy up with this lyrical wintry journey through a snowstorm. A girl and her father hop in their snowplow—will they make it to the train station in time? And who’s waiting for them? This timeless seasonal classic captures the thrill of snow and the warmth of family. Beautifully written rhyming text that’s just right for one or two readers, by accomplished author April Prince and illustrated with lively, expressive paintings by the beloved illustrator of the New York Times best selling series The Very Fairy Princess, Christine Davenier. This delightful picture book makes for a perfect rhyming read-aloud.

  2. Good Night, Little Blue Truck - The #1 New York Times Bestseller Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s time for sleep. Say goodnight with Little Blue Truck and friends! A storm is brewing and Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are hurrying home for bed. But who can sleep with all that racket? It’s not long before other friends show up seeking safety from the storm. Thunder and lightning sure can be scary, but it’s easy to be brave together. When the clouds roll on and the sky is clear, it’s all aboard for a bedtime ride! Beep! Beep! Shhh . . .

  3. Farmer John's Tractor - When the river floods and a family is trapped in their car, will Farmer John’s rusty, trusty tractor save the day?

Books About Weather and Holidays

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Kate, Who Tamed the Wind
Written by Liz Garton Scanlon & illustrated by Lee White
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind. With an old wheelbarrow full of young trees, she journeys up the steep hill to add a little green to the man’s life, and to protect the house from the howling wind. From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and whimsical illustrator Lee White comes a delightfully simple, lyrical story about the important role trees play in our lives, and caring for the world in which we live.
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The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow
Written by Lora Koehler & illustrated by Jake Parker
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
The plucky little hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Snowplow returns in a story about wishing, waiting, and the magic of a first snowfall. The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?
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The Earth Gives More
Written by Sue Fliess & illustrated by Christiane Engel
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
From leaves falling and becoming fertilizer to raindrops bringing plants to life in the spring, the cycle of every season has something to enjoy. While delighting in all nature offers, we need to remember to respect and treasure the world around us. This sweet rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be stewards of the Earth.
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Little Santa book
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Punxsutawney Phyllis book
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  1. Little Santa - Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic. Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family? Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their plans. The only way out of the house is up the chimney. Up goes Santa, to look for help, and along the way, he meets a reindeer and a large group of elves, who are more than eager to join in the rescue! With the sly humor of Jon Klassen and the read-aloud pleasure of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this tale of Santa’s beginnings is perfect for every kid’s holiday library.

  2. Punxsutawney Phyllis - Phyllis is not like other groundhogs. She loves to splash in the cold river in springtime, roast in the summer sun, and tromp through the winter snow. Every kind of weather makes Phyllis happy. This year on February 2, Phyllis is excited because she can feel that an early spring is in the air. But how will she ever get old Uncle Phil out of bed to make his official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day prediction?

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Books About Weather and Helping Others

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Katie Saves Thanksgiving
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
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Recommend Ages: 5-7
When a snowstorm causes the power to go out, Katie and her parents think their Thanksgiving dinner with JoJo and Pedro is ruined, but by being a good neighbor, Katie manages to save the day. Simultaneous.
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Skylark and Wallcreeper
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
While helping her granny Collette evacuate to a makeshift shelter in Brooklyn during Superstorm Sandy, Lily uncovers secrets of her grandmother's past as a member of the French Resistance during WWII. Queens, 2012. Hurricane Sandy is flooding New York City, and Lily is at a nursing home with her grandmother, Collette. Lily visits Collette often, as she is beginning to lose her memories. When the National Guard shows up to evacuate the building and take them to safety at the Park Slope armory in Brooklyn, Lily's granny suddenly produces a red box she's hidden in a closet for years. Once they get to safety, Lily opens the box, where she finds an old, beautiful Montblanc pen. Granny tells Lily that the pen is very important and that she has to take care of it, as well as some letters written in French. But Lily loses the pen in the course of helping other nursing home residents, and as she searches the city trying to find it, she learns more about her grandmother's past in France and begins to uncover the significance of the pen with the help of her best friend, a quirky pen expert, and a larger-than-life, off-Broadway understudy. Told in alternating sections (2012 and 1944), this engaging book explores a deep friendship during difficult times and the importance of family.
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Storm Whale
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
A captivating and beautifully illustrated story about three sisters who nd a stranded whale on the beach. Bleak was the day and the wind whipped down when I and my sisters walked to town . . . With a powerful, poetic text, wonderful to read aloud, and illustrations full of life and movement, this picture book about three sisters finding a stranded whale celebrates the majesty and vulnerability of nature and our place in it.
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Bruce's Big Storm book
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Fly Away book
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Lorraine book
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So Happy Together! book
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  1. Bruce's Big Storm - Bruce’s home is already a full house. But when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbors knocking, he’ll have to open his door to a crowd of animals in need of shelter-whether he likes it or not. Readers will love this next installment of the uproarious, award-winning Mother Bruce series.

  2. Fly Away - While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

  3. Lorraine - The songs they sang always lifted their spirits—on good days or bad it was joyful to hear it.And even when storms hit those Tennessee hills,the music they played made their worries stand still.Grammy Award-winning, founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, Ketch Secor, and award-winning illustrator Higgins Bond bring an Americana fable to life in this bold, sweeping story. Pa Paw and Lorraine spend their days celebrating life with the music of the Tennessee hills. But when a fearsome storm rolls through, the two must rely on the power of music to get them through.

  4. So Happy Together! - A warm tale about brothers, sisters, and the importance of family. Brayden Bunny is grumpy. His friend Lena is playing silly games with his sisters, leaving him all alone. Then he hears there is a storm on the way, and he knows his sisters, Minnie and Millie, are frightened of thunder and lightning. Suddenly he’s not grumpy anymore. He needs to save his sisters.

Books About Weather and Seasons

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A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs
Written & illustrated by Margaret Wise Brown
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
Now this collection of beautiful nature-themed poems by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon) comes in an adorable board edition--still gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. Fluffy clouds, butterflies, furry bunnies, and life from a bug's-eye view: This stunning sequel to TheNew York Times bestseller Goodnight Songs celebrates the beauty and wonder of nature all year long. Once again, a treasure trove of Margaret Wise Brown's newly discovered verses receives loving treatment from 12 award-winning artists, including Floyd Cooper, Peter Brown, David Small, Molly Idle, and Bob Staake. From a little bear singing one morning in May to a soft snowfall, mysterious, deep, and glowing, each song is magical. The array of award-winning illustrators who bring Wise Brown's songs to life are: Peter Brown, Floyd Cooper, Leo Espinosa, Blanca Gómez, Molly Idle, Elly MacKay, Dadu Shin, David Small, Bob Staake, Satoe Tone, Frank Viva, and Mick Wiggins.
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Hello, World! Weather
Written & illustrated by Jill McDonald
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Weather takes children through the seasonal changes in a backyard, allowing them to see how the yard changes throughout the year: on a summer day the flowers are bright and a puppy plays on the green lawn; on a snowy day we see the same yard blanketed with snow; on a windy day the clothesline flaps in the breeze. Children can also have fun pointing to pictures of the different clothing we wear in each type of weather: mittens, hats, rain boots, and more. It's a perfect way to bring natural science into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.
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Spectacular Spring
Written & illustrated by Bruce Goldstone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Bruce Goldstone lays out all the facts and fun of spring in his third picture book about the seasons. Not only will readers find out what to expect in spring—they'll also be taken through the whys and hows of rain falling, rainbows appearing, birds hatching, and so much more! With vivid photographs, lively explanations, and creative craft ideas, Spectacular Spring is not to be missed.
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Good Night, Wind book
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Hello Winter! book
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Best Season Ever book
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  1. Good Night, Wind - After working hard through the fall and winter, Wind is ready for a nap but after being turned away time and again he becomes angry.

  2. Hello Winter! - Vivid photographs of frozen wonderlands and cold-weather fun come together in a lively tribute to winter by an acclaimed author-photographer. In crystal clear photographs and a spare text, Shelley Rotner notes changes in the physical earth as winter approaches as well as animal and plant adaptations. Rotner’s acclaimed photography beautifully captures the curiosity and engery of a diverse group of youngsters as they explore and learn about the natural world. This third book in the celebrated, STEM-focused Hello Seasons! series is the perfect guide to take children from the shortest day of the year to the arrival of spring. A glossary is included.

  3. Best Season Ever - Katie and her friends Pedro and JoJo disagree over which season of the year is the best.

Books About Weather and Science And Nature

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Be Prepared
Written by Frankie MacDonald & illustrated by Sarah Sawler
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
Ever wonder where clouds come from? Or how meteorologists predict the weather? This brand new book, starring Nova Scotia's favourite weather reporter, Frankie MacDonald, and written by author Sarah Sawler, shares stories from Frankie's early years, along with facts about all things sunny, rainy, snowy, and stormy. Filled with pictures, graphics, and advice from Frankie himself, this book has everything you need to Be Prepared!
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Glow in the Dark: Nature's Light Spectacular: 12 stunning scenes of Earth's greatest shows
Written by Katy Flint & illustrated by Cornelia Li
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
**Lightning! Rainbows! Auroras! Discover Earth's most amazing natural phenomena in this adventure around the globe, including a glow-in-the-dark poster. ** â?¯  Follow two intrepid explorers as they witness the Northern Lights, marvel in wonder at glow worm caves, go hunting for double rainbows, and dodge volcanic lightning. A perfect book for young explorers. Turn off the light to see theâ?¯â?¯**640 × 296 mmâ?¯ **tear-out posterâ?¯glow, featuring the stages of a solar eclipse.â?¯(Be sure to charge it in the light first.)  â?¯  Each spread features an enchanting illustration of a different natural phenomenonâ?¯animated by a description of the science behind it, told in exciting prose.â?¯Fact boxes call out more information.â?¯    Some of the wonderful things you’ll see:  * Volcanic Lightning * Meteor Showers * Double Rainbows * Sun Dogs * Glowworm Caves * Super Blood Moon * Light pillars * Auroras Poster: Solar eclipse
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Let's Make a Rainbow!: Seeing the Science of Light Refraction with Optical Physics
Written by Chris Ferrie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
**Equip the next generation of scientists with a brand new series from Chris Ferrie, the #1 science author for kids!** Rainbows are beautiful! As Red Kangaroo admires one arching across the sky, she wonders where rainbows come from―luckily, Dr. Chris has the answer! With just two ingredients and three simple steps, Red Kangaroo learns all about the science behind these wonderful, colorful sights! Chris Ferrie offers a kid-friendly introduction to light refraction and optical physics in this installment of his new Everyday Science Academy series. Written by an expert, with real-world and practical examples, young readers will have a firm grasp of scientific and mathematical concepts to help answer many of their "why" questions. Perfect for elementary-aged children and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.
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Hurricanes! (New Edition) book
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Boy, Were We Wrong about the Weather! book
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Hide and Seek Fog book
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My Autumn Book book
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  1. Hurricanes! (New Edition) - Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, create waves as high as eighteen feet, and change the shape of a shoreline. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. In this newly revised edition, GAIL GIBBONS introduces readers to the concepts of hurricane formation, classification, weather preparedness, and the ever-evolving technology that helps us try to predict the behavior of these powerful storms. Extensive updates include refined definitions for hurricane-related vocabulary, updated information about the wind speeds that define hurricane categories, information on emergency preparedness, and more. As these weather disturbances become more frequent and more powerful, Hurricanes is the perfect introduction for children to this important and timely topic.

  2. Boy, Were We Wrong about the Weather! - Examines what is known about weather -storms, predictions, climate, and other characteristics- and how different the facts are from what scientist, from ancient Summerians to the recent past, believed to be true.

  3. Hide and Seek Fog - In a Cape Cod seaside village, the children romp and play throughout a heavy fog with strange and mysterious effects.

  4. My Autumn Book - A young girl rushes outside when the air is crisp and the sky turns gray to observe all of the changes that autumn brings.

Books About Weather and Summer

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The Book of Summer
Written & illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
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Recommend Ages: 0-4
Here comes the sun . . . and summer! Put on your sunglasses and enjoy the heat at the beach, where you can dig up the sand with your shovel and pail and see starfish in the sea. And don't forget the seasonal treats like watermelon and ice cream--yum!
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Possum and the Summer Storm
Written & illustrated by Anne Hunter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Possum looked out one summer afternoon. “Time to come in!” he called to his baby possums. “It looks like we’re in for some weather!” Possum calls his children out of the summer storm—but what can he do when their home is swept away by rising water? The possum family must rely on their friends to construct a new house. At first it seems that no other animal's home is suited for a possum, but they come up with something spectacular! Beloved character Possum is back, along with an array of friends who make for a broad, ranging ensemble, giving children a tantalizing peek at how different animals build their homes.
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Summer
Written by Cao Wenxuan & illustrated by Yu Rong
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
During a hot summer day in the grasslands, the animals race to claim the single spot of shade on the safari. The selfish elephant triumphs over the rest. The animals fight until they are inspired by a selfless act of love to offer shade to one another. With lyrical text, bright and delicate art, and a die-cut surprise, Summer is an introduction to animals and a testament to the power of kindness.
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The Thing about Yetis book
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  1. The Thing about Yetis - Introducing Yeti, a fuzzy and sweet new character whose story is perfect for summer, winter, and all the seasons in between! Everyone knows yetis love winter. They love snowball fights and hot chocolate and sledding and building snow castles. But even yetis get the shivers, and even yetis get crabby from all the cold. So here’s a secret about yetis: sometimes they miss summer. Sometimes, they have to bring a little bit of summer to the coldest of winter days. Those yetis, they’re just full of surprises. Perfect for fans of Love Monster and the Cat books by Deborah Underwood, this endearing new character will warm your heart.

  2. Sun - A boy and his grandad set off on a scorching adventure in this companion to Snow and Rain. It’s the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It’s just the right kind of day for a boy and his granddad to go for a picnic. But as the sun beats down, Granddad keeps having to stop for a rest, and by the time they find the perfect picnic spot, some pirates have beaten them to it. Good thing they have enough food to share!

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Epilogue

13 books that are just too good to leave off of our weather list.
The Secret Garden book
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The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth book
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Some Bugs book
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Ruby Holler book
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  1. The Secret Garden - The Goodfather -

    The Secret Garden is one of my favorite stories from my childhood. I love Mary's self discovery and her help to Colin and ultimately Mr. Craven along the way. I love the way she gains color in her cheeks as she experiences the joy of playing and working outside and nurturing a garden and befriending a robin, joys that Martha and Dickon help her discover. I love that she feels the happiness that comes as she moves from a very self-centered character to thinking of others and putting their needs and wellbeing above her own. She also is lovingly forthright and frank with Colin, which helped him develop, too.

  2. The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth - Lemony Snickers -

    This is an all-time favorite children's book for me. The artwork is stunning and the entire book is a fantastic celebration of our beautiful Earth. This is the first children's book by award-winning photographer Chris Burkard, and if you've seen his photography (@chrisburkard), it's no surprise that the message of this book is to take time to explore and enjoy beautiful moments. Children might not appreciate that important reminder as much as adults, but they'll love the pretty illustrations and the peaceful, calm of this book. The words are simple and direct, but that's part of what makes it powerful.

  3. Some Bugs - B is for Bookworm -

    The illustrations in this book are phenomenal! This book shows a lot of different bugs as well as many different things bugs can do. My favorite part is that the ending encourages you to go find bugs outside, and the last page shows all of the bugs included in the books and their names. So fun!

  4. Ruby Holler - “You are now entering Ruby Holler, the one and only Ruby Holler! Your lives are never going to be the same—“ “Trouble twins” Dallas and Florida are orphans who have given up believing there is such a thing as a loving home. Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric older couple who live in the beautiful, mysterious Ruby Holler, but they’re restless for one more big adventure. When they invite the twins to join them on their journeys, they first must all stay together in the Holler, and the magic of the place takes over. Two pairs of lives grow closer and are changed forever.

Baby Bear Sees Blue book
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Color Wonder Hooray for Spring! book
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My Love is For You book
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You Belong Here book
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  1. Baby Bear Sees Blue - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is one of my very favorite "color" books—it's calming, highly re-readable, unique and has amazingly illustrations! Plus, the repetition of the structure is great for little "readers".

  2. Color Wonder Hooray for Spring! - B is for Bookworm -

    This is a great color book, especially for spring time. I especially love how interactive it is with the spinning wheels that change the colors of the flowers throughout the book!

  3. My Love is For You - The Book Snob Mom -

    The illustrations are friendly and approachable, yet absolutely gorgeous and the poetic (although not rhyming—that threw me off on the first read!) descriptions of love for a child are wonderful.

  4. You Belong Here - “The stars belong in the deep night sky, and the moon belongs there too, and the winds belong in each place they blow by, and I belong here with you. So begins this classic bedtime book, richly illustrated by award-winning artist Isabelle Arsenault. The pages journey around the world, observing plants and animals everywhere, and reminding children that they are right where they belong. A beautiful title for new babies, adoptive families, and children of all ages. —————- You are a dream that the world once dreamt, And now you are part of its song. That’s why you are here, in the place where you’re meant, For this is right where you belong.”

Green book
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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt book
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Miss Rumphius book
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All Aboard! National Parks book
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  1. Green - Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

  2. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt - B is for Bookworm -

    I love this beautiful, unique look at a garden, as it shows what's happening above and below the ground and pairs it with sweet sentiments of gardening with family and creating something beautiful together. This book shows the efforts of diligent work, and it also shows the beauty in nature around us, both in plants and animals.

  3. Miss Rumphius - A beloved classic is lovelier than ever! Barbara Cooney’s story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney’s best-loved book, Viking has reoriginated the illustrations, going back to the original art to ensure state-of-the-art reproduction of Cooney’s exquisite artwork. The art for Miss Rumphius has a permanent home in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

  4. All Aboard! National Parks - Readerly Mom -

    This book is a great way to introduce kids to the wide variety of landscapes and natural features they can see when they visit national parks. The illustrations are adorable, and the book highlights national parks all over the country. The idea of a train journey around the country is appealing too--I don't know any toddlers who don't love trains!

The Curious Garden book
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  1. The Curious Garden - One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.

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