Recommended Reading

Check out these weather-related fiction and nonfiction titles! There are books for you to read and books that you may want to share and read aloud with younger readers.

Weather books for younger readers (or for reading aloud)
The Blizzard by Betty Ren Wright (grades PreK-2)
Hurricane by David Wiesner (grades PreK-2)
Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane: A Tall Tale by Jan Day  (grades 2-5)
On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather by Marilyn Singer (grades 2-5)
Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long (grades PreK-2)
The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow (grades PreK-2)
Waiting out the Storm by JoAnn Early Macken (grades PreK-2)
Weather: Poems for All Seasons by Lee Bennett Hopkins (grades PreK-2)
Wendy’s Weather Warriors (series) by Kathryn Lay (grades 2-5)

Weather science books for younger readers
The Big Storm by Bruce Hiscock (grades PreK-4)
Do Tornadoes Really Twist? Questions and Answers about Tornadoes and Hurricanes by Melvin Berger (grades 2-5)
Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn Mansfield Branley (grades PreK-4)
First Science Experiments: Wonderful Weather by Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone (grades K-8)
Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll by Franklyn Mansfield Branley (grades PreK-4)
Floods (Earth in Action series) by Matt Doeden (PreK-2)
Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons (grades PreK-2)
I Like Science! Searching for Stormy Weather with a Scientist by Judith Williams (grades PreK-2)
Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? All About Weather (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Tish Rabe (grades PreK-2)
Tornado Alert (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Franklyn M. Branley (grades PreK-4)
Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons (grades PreK-2)
Twisters and Other Terrible Storms: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #23 by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne (grades 2-5)
Weather by Mike Goldsmith and John Butler (grades PreK-2)
Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons (grades PreK-2)
What Will the Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt (grades PreK-4)
Wild Weather titles in the Hello Science Reader! series by Lorraine Jean Hopping (grades 2-3)

Weather Forecasting
Basic Essentials Weather Forecasting by Michael Hodgson Paperback (12 and up)
Doppler Radar, Satellites, and Computer Models: The Science of Weather Forecasting by Paul Fleisher (grades 4-8)
Forecasting by Bill McAuliffe (grades 4 and up)
Guide to Weather Forecasting: All the Information You’ll Need to Make Your Own Weather Forecast by Storm Dunlop (grades 6 and up)
Instant Storm Forecasting by Alan Watts (grades 6 and up)
The Kids’ Book of Weather Forecasting: Build a Weather Station, “Read” the Sky & Make Predictions with meteorologist Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad (grades 3-5)
Weather Forecasting by Terri Sievert (grades PreK-2)

Middle-grade Weather-related fiction
Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii by Graham Salisbury (grades 4-8)
Cape Cod Surprise: Oliver Matches Wits with Hurricane Carol by Carol Newman Cronin (grades 4 and up)
A Fine Start: Meg’s Prairie Diary (My America) by Kate McMullan (grades 4-6)
I Survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarsh (grades 4-8)
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (grades 2-5)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (grades 4-8)
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman (grades 4-6)
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (grades 4-8)
Oliver’s Surprise: A Boy, a Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938 by Carol Newman Cronin (grades 4 and up)
Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz (grades 4-6)
Storm Runners (series) by Roland Smith (grades 4-8)

Middle-grade weather science books
Natural Disasters (DK Eyewitness Books) by Claire Watts (grades 4-8)
Hurricane & Tornado (DK Eyewitness Books) by Jack Challoner (grades 4-8)
Hurricanes Have Eyes but Can’t See and Other Amazing Facts about Wild Weather by Melvin and Gilda Berger (grades 5-8)
Kingfisher Knowledge: Natural Disasters: Hurricanes, Tsunamis & Other Destructive Forces by Andrew Langley (grades 4-8)
Weather and Climate: The People Behind the Science by Katherine E Cullen (grades 5 and up)
The Weather Channel: Forces of Nature by Chana Stiefel (5-8)
The Whirlwind World of Hurricanes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science) by Katherine Krohn (grades 4-8)

Weather History
The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin (grades 9 and up)
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy (grades 4-8)
Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale (grades 5 and up)
Erased by a Tornado! by Jessica Rudolph (grades 3-8)
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 by Deborah Kent (grades 3-7)
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson (grades 9 and up)
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough (grades 9 and up)
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea by Sebastian Junger (grades 9 and up)
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (grades 2-5)
A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg  (grades 2-5)
Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R.A. Scotti (grades 9 and up)
The Snowflake Man: A Biography of Wilson A. Bentley by Duncan C. Blanchard (grades 9 and up)
A Wind to Shake the World by Everett S. Allen (grades 9 and up)
Weather’s Greatest Mysteries Solved! by Randy Cerveny (grades 9 and up)
A Weekend in September by John Edward Weems (grades 9 and up)
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (grades 9 and up)

Weather-related fictional novels for older readers
Dry Ice by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson (grades 11 and up)
Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling (grades 9-12)
Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards (grades 8 and up)
Trapped by Michael Northrop (grades 9-12)
Turbulence by Giles Foden (grades 11 and up)
Twister (Code Red) by Chris Ryan (grades 9-12)

Weather science titles for older readers
Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers by Mike Hollingshead (grades 7 and up)
The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather by Jack Williams (grades 7 and up)
The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change: A Complete Visual Guide by Juliane L. Fry, Hans-F Graf, Richard Grotjahn, Marilyn Raphael, and Clive Saunders (grades 7 and up)
Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book (Revised and Updated) by Christopher C. Burt (grades 9 and up)
Extreme Weather: Understanding the Science of Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Heat Waves, Snow Storms, Global Warming and Other Atmospheric Disturbances by H. Michael Mogil (grades 7 and up)
Storm Chaser: A Photographer’s Journey by Jim Reed (grades 7 and up)
Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather by Mike Smith (grades 7 and up)
The Weather Identification Handbook: The Ultimate Guide for Weather Watchers by Storm Dunlop (grades 7 and up)
Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities by Paul Yeager (grades 7 and up)

Read Online
Teacher in the Air: Dr. Diane’s Flight with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters by Diane M. Stanitski

“Become a Weather Wizard”, Originally published in The Technology Teacher, May/June 2002, by the International Technology Education Association

Professor Tinkermeister and the Wacky Whiz-Bang Weather Watching Wonder
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