Notes from the Wild : Wild about Weather

Notes from the Wild

I’m back again with another post celebrating all things nonfiction! As part of the planning process for my upcoming nonfiction kids book club here at the library I’ve been immersing myself in the world of children’s nonfiction, and I’ve discovered so many incredible books, both new and old.

Today we’re looking at books all about the weather, which is favourite topic of conversation in elevators all around the world.

Here are a few of my favourite weather-themed nonfiction titles – did I miss any of your favourites?

The Worst Tornadoes of All Time – Dougherty, Terri

Tornadoes are particularly fascinating for young readers – how can something as gentle as a breeze become such a terrifying force of destruction? This book will definitely have kids glued to each page.

Why Why Why Do Tornadoes Spin? [and Other Breezy Questions About Weather!]

Anyone who has ever worked with kids will know that “why” is one of every child’s favourite words – and with the help of this fun title you can at least answer a few of those millions of questions!

Extreme Weather : Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!  – Kostigen, Thomas

I’ll take pretty much anything National Geographic produces – their incredible photographs make science and history come to life in such incredibly engaging ways.

Twisters and Other Terrible Storms : A Nonfiction Companion to Twister on Tuesday – Osborne, Will

A perfect title for fans of the popular and long-lasting Magic Treehouse series.

Snowflake Bentley – Martin, Jacqueline Briggs

The wonderfully inspiring biography of a singularly dedicated man who followed his passion for snowflakes and left an indelible mark on the world of meteorology.

The Magic School Bus: Inside a Hurricane – Cole, Joanna

Once a classic, always a classic. All aboard the Magic School Bus!

I Face the Wind – Cobb, Vicki

Vicki Cobb is a master of creating engaging nonfiction for younger readers that manages to be both information and accessible.

Water is Water : A Book About the Water Cycle – Paul, Miranda

Who says nonfiction can’t be poetic or beautiful? Miranda Paul’s rhyming text pairs beautifully with Jason Chin’s incredible illustrations in this introduction to the water cycle.

Raindrops Roll – Sayre, April Pulley

Beautifully detailed, full-colour photographs help young readers explore the many forms and phases of water.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder – Cassino, Mark

We all know that no two snowflakes are the same (thanks to Mr. Bentley!), but there’s so much more to know about snow! A perfect choice for a winter book club session.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans – Brown, Don

A sensitive, powerful introduction to the near-destruction of the city of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina.


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