The Best 24 Books About Weather

Updated Apr. 9, 2019

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.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs book
#1
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Written by Judi Barrett and 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?

Come On, Rain book
#2
Come On, Rain
Written by Karen Hesse and 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.

Thunder Cake book
#3
Thunder Cake
Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
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.

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.

Cloudette book
#4
Cloudette
Written and 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.

Rain! book
#5
Rain!
Written by Linda Ashman and 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. "

The Storm Dragon book
#6
The Storm Dragon
Written by Paula Harrison and 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…

Otis and the Tornado book
#7
Otis and the Tornado
Written and 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.

Little Owl's Snow book
#8
Little Owl's Snow
Written and 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!

A Year with the Wind book
#9
A Year with the Wind
Written and illustrated by Hanna Konola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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.

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.

Listen, Listen book
#10
Listen, Listen
Written by Phillis Gershator and illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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!

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!

The Cloud Book book
#11
The Cloud Book
Written and 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.

Elmer's Weather book
#12
Elmer's Weather
Written and 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.

What Makes a Rainbow? book
#13
What Makes a Rainbow?
Written and 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.

When the Wind Blows book
#14
When the Wind Blows
Written by Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrated by Jana Christy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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.

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.

Lionel and Molly: Colors book
#15
Lionel and Molly: Colors
Written by Joanna Lake and 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.

Together for Kwanzaa book
#16
Together for Kwanzaa
Written by Juwanda G. Ford and illustrated by Shelly Hehenberger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Rain, Rain, Go Away book
#17
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Written and illustrated by Melissa Everett
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Rain, Rain, Go Away celebrates and encourages the playful spirt of children, no matter the weather! From sunshine to rain, nothing can stop the fun of a group of friends ready to play outside together!

Snowflake Bentley book
#18
Snowflake Bentley
Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations offers insight into one scientist's perseverance and a look at the wonders of nature.

Hello, World! Weather book
#19
Hello, World! Weather
Written and 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.

The Wind Blew book
#20
The Wind Blew
Written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A rhymed tale describing the antics of a capricious wind.

Chasing Helicity book
#21
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.

Finding Someplace book
#22
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.

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere book
#23
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.

Another Kind of Hurricane book
#24
Another Kind of Hurricane
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.

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