Best Kids Books About Weather

35 Kids Books About Weather

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Thunder Cake book
#1
Thunder Cake
Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
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.

Together for Kwanzaa book
#2
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.

Worm Weather book
#3
Worm Weather
Written by Jean Taft and illustrated by Matt Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

When the Wind Blows book
#4
When the Wind Blows
Written by Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrated by Jana Christy
picture book
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.

Dingo Dog and the Billabong Storm book
#5
Dingo Dog and the Billabong Storm
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Anna Wadham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The animals of the bush team up to teach Dingo Dog a lesson after he bullies them away from the billabong.

Groundhog's Dilemma book
#6
Groundhog's Dilemma
Written by Kristen Remenar and illustrated by Matt Faulkner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

After Groundhog announces six more weeks of winter, half his animal friends are disappointed, while the other half are excited. Each animal asks Groundhog to make his prediction in their favor the following year. Rather than being truthful about the fact that he just “calls it like he sees it,” he leads them to believe he can control the weather, accepting their gifts of food and favor. On the next Groundhog Day, he finally admits he made promises he couldn’t keep because he was trying to please everyone and makes amends. Matt Faulkner’s rich illustrations are packed with hilarious details that will delight readers of all ages. No matter what weather the Groundhog predicts, curling up with this fun book is a great way to spend the winter.

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.

River Friendly, River Wild book
#8
River Friendly, River Wild
Written by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Neil Brennan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This winter was snowy, this spring brought a terrible blizzard, and now the river is rising. Sandbags don't stop it, the dikes don't stop it, and late one night sirens warn everyone to evacuate. A girl and her family don't expect to be gone more than a couple of days, so they leave their cat and race for shelter with only a suitcase each. But as days stretch into weeks they worry: Is the cat safe? Will they have a home to return to? And how will their lives be changed? In searing, personal poems, Jane Kurtz explores what it's like to struggle through a flood and pull your life together afterward. Inspired by Kurtz's own flood experience, this tale is realistic and unforgettable. Not just a moving story of one girl's courage, River Friendly, River Wild is a tribute to everyone who's ever faced great loss.

So Happy Together! book
#9
So Happy Together!
Written by Jutta Langreuter and illustrated by Stefanie Dahle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Storyteller book
#10
The Storyteller
Written and illustrated by Evan Turk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.

Possum and the Summer Storm book
#11
Possum and the Summer Storm
Written and 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.

The Things That I Love about Trees book
#12
The Things That I Love about Trees
Written by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Charlotte Voake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

The Weather Girls book
#13
The Weather Girls
Written and illustrated by Aki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's summer time. We rise and shine!/ All set to go. We form a line.// A big bright sun. Let's have some fun./ We sing and dive and splash and run. Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring--the Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring! Follow these busy girls as they climb mountains, fly hot-air balloons, and soak in a rainbow-sky sunset. Charming rhyming verse and adorable art make this picture book irresistible--and perfect for sharing! - GODWIN BOOKS -

My Autumn Book book
#14
My Autumn Book
Written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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

Spectacular Spring book
#15
Spectacular Spring
Written and 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.

Four Seasons in One Day book
#16
Four Seasons in One Day
Written and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follow a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they travel through the four seasons in one day. Accompanied by pieces from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.

Lights Out book
#17
Lights Out
Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When a storm causes a neighborhood blackout, Sofia and her father come up with a plan for the perfect family night without electricity.

A Year with the Wind book
#18
A Year with the Wind
Written and illustrated by Hanna Konola
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.

Lorraine book
#19
Lorraine
Written by Ketch Secor and illustrated by Higgins Bond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Storm Song book
#20
Storm Song
Written by Nancy Viau and illustrated by Gynux
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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.

Boy, Were We Wrong about the Weather! book
#21
Boy, Were We Wrong about the Weather!
Written by Kathleen V. Kudlinski and illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day book
#22
Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Beloved Muddle & Mo are back! It is a day for ducks, a lovely wet rainy day. But Mo hates the rain... or does he? Muddle shows Mo that sometimes it can be fun to try something new.

Roadman Boogie book
#23
Roadman Boogie
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Roadman holds the stop-go sign as traffic passes by. He's hot and bored so starts to dance, making people smile. The weather turns quite stormy, the river floods the road. Traffic builds up behind his stop-go sign, what can the Roadman do? Why a giant Roadman Boogie ball! A great story to stomp and dance to.

Picture the Sky book
#24
Picture the Sky
Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The sky can often tell different stories: in the clouds having a parade, in the stars blanketing the night, and in our imagination. Every hour, every day, in every season, the sky is different. In this companion to Picture a Tree, award-winning creator Barbara Reid offers a lyrical story using plasticine relief illustrations to explore the wondrous and ever-changing sky.

The Earth Gives More book
#25
The Earth Gives More
Written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Christiane Engel
picture book
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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