I love a weather theme in preschool or kindergarten because it’s so real and relevant to everyone’s daily life. Kids already have a ton of background knowledge about different types of weather and seasons by the time they enter preschool! These weather books for kids are perfect for learning about the changing seasons! Weather activities for preschool can begin with these fun storybooks, along with some non-fiction weather books that are just right for preschoolers and kindergarteners to learn about the weather! Pair any book with a science experiment, a literacy activity, a fine motor game, or sensory play!

Weather Themed Activities in Preschool

WEATHER BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL KIDS

LESSON PLANNING FOR PRESCHOOL WEATHER ACTIVITIES IS SO FUN! LEARNING ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF WEATHER CAN TAKE ON SO MANY FORMS, FROM SCIENCE ACTIVITIES TO MATH AND LANGUAGE.

In kindergarten and preschool, books about weather can lead to a number of other activities. You can follow up with a craft or an experiment, or focus on new vocabulary.

As you talk about the weather each day and fill in a weather chart, taking it even further at storytime or with informational text will expand younger kids’ background knowledge.

These little books are perfect for a weather unit, when the weather changes with the seasons or during extreme weather events.

In addition to learning about the weather in your area, preschool weather books get kids thinking about other types of weather they might not be as familiar with:

  • What is your favorite weather?
  • Is some weather scary? Why/why not?
  • Have you ever been surprised by the weather?
  • What’s another word for raining? Snowing? Windy?
  • What rhymes with rain? Snow? Sun?

What Can Preschoolers Learn With Fun Weather Books and Activities?

WEATHER PRESCHOOL THEME

WEATHER FOR KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE AND VOCABULARY.

Books about weather for preschoolers and kindergarteners can expose children to a variety of scientific vocabulary:

  • Cloud
  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Humidity/Moisture/Dryness

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Weather?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about weather helps them understand the world a little bit better.

Connect with Nature: The more children know and understand about the natural world, the more they will connect and understand to natural surroundings.

Understand Cycles: Many things in our world are cyclical: life, seasons, and weather are a few examples. Understanding basic weather gives kids knowledge of general cycles.

Background Knowledge: Learning about weather is a great opportunity to expand vocabulary and background knowledge, like gusts and gales on a windy day or blizzard and subzero during winter weather.

Make Connections: Learning about different types of weather, from cloud formations to tornados, helps 3-4-5 year olds make deeper connections among the types of weather and relate it to themselves.

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Table of Contents

Meteorologist and Weather Books for Kids

How do you talk to kids about weather? Head to the local library and dive into a science book featuring amazing photographs and facts. A kid’s book on weather is a great way to inspire future careers and interests.

 

 

The Meteorologist in Me

By Brittney Shipp

 

 

Meteorology The Study of Weather

By Christine Taylor-Butler

 

 

The Kids’ Book of Weather Forecasting

By Meteorologist Mark Breen & Kathleen Fiestad

 

 

Meteorology Cool Women Who Weather Storms

By Karen Bush Gibson

 

 

Oh, Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?

by Tish Rabe

 

 

Everything Weather

By Kathy Fugang

 

 

The Big Book of Weather

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad

 

 

Science Comics: Wild Weather

by Mk Reed, Jonathan Hill

 

 

Explore My World Weather

By Lisa M. Gerry

 

 

Whatever the Weather

By Steve Parker

Weather Books About the Sun

Discover the significance of the sun in our world through engaging weather books for kids where both the author and illustrator contribute to a greater understanding of that hot, bright ball in the sky.

 

 

The Sun Shines Everywhere

by Mary Ann Hoberman

 

 

Sun Up, Sun Down

By Gail Gibbons

 

 

What Does Sunlight Do?

By Jennifer Boothroyd

Weather Books for Kids About the Wind

Learning about wind is fun for kids because they know it so well. Books will inspire curiosity and answer burning questions.

 

 

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

by Liz Garton Scanlon

 

 

The Wind Blew

by Pat Hutchins

 

 

I Wonder Why The Wind Blows

 

 

Kite Day

by Will Hillenbrand

Weather Books About Clouds for Kids

Explore the mesmerizing world of clouds with great pictures and learn about their different shapes in weather books perfect for kids in the class library. A natural follow-up would certainly be a field trip outdoors to check out the sky.

 

 

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

By Charles G. Shaw

 

 

Cloudette

By Tom Lichtenheld

 

 

Little Cloud

by Eric Carle

 

 

The Cloud Book

By Tomie DePaola

 

 

Shapes in the Sky a Book About Clouds

By Josepha Sherman

 

 

Explore My World Clouds

by Marie Ferguson Delano

 

 

The Fog

By Kyo Maclear

 

 

Hide and Seek Fog

By Alvin Tresselt

Kids Weather Books About Rain

I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to splash around in puddles, rain boots or not! Why not teach them about how rain forms and what happens to those splash pads when the sun comes back!

These weather books for kids are all about RAIN! But they also teach kids about friendship, what the world looks like in the rain, and even the water cycle.

 

 

Worm Weather

by Jean Taft

 

 

Singing in the Rain

 

 

The Big Umbrella

By Amy June Bates

 

 

Puddle Jumpers

by Anne Margaret Lewis

 

 

Little Raindrop

 

 

Tap Tap Boom Boom

By Elizabeth Bluemle

 

 

Storm Song

by Nancy Viau

 

 

Splish, Splash, Ducky!

by Lucy Cousins

 

 

Rain

by Manya Stojic

 

 

The Rain Came Down

by David Shannon

Weather Books for Kids about Storms

Stormy weather can be scary! From thunder booms and lightning flashes to icy road conditions, learning about storms can help prepare kids and relieve any anxiety.

Anywhere in the world, extreme weather can be an issue. One of the ways to prepare kids for storms is to help them learn about theme in a safe, non-scary way.

Books about storms introduce kids to weather terminology that they may hear on a news report or hear grown-ups say. It also helps them make sense of storm experiences.

As with any stressful experience, it is best to prepare kids well in advance. Especially when the school is running a storm drill, cities test their weather sirens or stores are selling hurricane kits.

 

 

Tornadoes!

By Gail Gibbons

 

 

Hurricanes!

By Gail Gibbons

 

 

Otis and the Tornado

By Loren Long

 

 

Storms

By Miriam Busch Goin

Weather Books for Kids About Rainbows

When sunny days turn to rainy ones and back again, it’s the perfect time to learn about rainbows! Check the forecast before asking kids to plop down for a little book learning about the magic in the sky.

 

 

A Rainbow of My Own

by Don Freeman

 

 

Rainbows

By Martha E. H. Rustad

 

 

What Makes a Rainbow

By Betty Schwartz

Snow Weather Books for Kids

When it comes to winter weather girls and boys alike love to get outdoors and play! From sledding and snowman-building to skating and fort-making, winter weather offers a lot of opportunities for exploration. Take it to the next level by learning the science behind snow.

 

 

Curious About Snow

By Gina Shaw

 

 

Snow

By Lauren Stringer

 

 

The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

 

 

Snow

By Uri Shulevitz

 

 

Over and Under the Snow

By Kate Messner

 

 

The Story of Snow

by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph. D.

 

 

Katy and the Big Snow

By Virginia Lee Burton

 

 

Whatever the Weather

By David Soman and Jacky Davis

More Non-Fiction Weather Books for Kids

What would a weather book list be without Gail Gibbons, Smithsonian and National Geographic? These classic weather books for kids have remained popular for many years because of their high quality content. They are a must for your weather lesson plans and book corner.

 

 

Weather Words and What They Mean

By Gail Gibbons

 

 

Weather

By Seymour Simon

 

 

Everything Weather

by Kathy Furgang

 

 

Weather

By Kristin Baird Rattini

 

 

Weather

By Dona Herweck Rice

Weather Kids’ Book Series

Sharing a whole series with your students is a great way to explore the same author and recognize the similarities/differences within text. At the same time, you’ll still be learning about weather.

These weather books for kindergarten and preschool are perfect for introducing children to a variety of weather topics, such as clouds, wind, rain, storms, and weather forcasting, in a familiar manner.

Let’s Ready and Find Out Science

 

 

Clouds

By Anne Rockwell

 

 

Feel the Wind

By Arthur Dorros

 

 

Down Comes the Rain

by Franklyn M. Branley

 

 

Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll

By Franklyn M. Branley

 

 

What Will the Weather Be?

By Lynda Dewitt

Hello, World!

 

 

Weather

By Jill McDonald

 

 

Snow

By Jill McDonald

Ready to Read Leveled Readers

 

 

Sun

By Marion Dane Bauer

 

 

Rain

By Marion Dane Bauer

 

 

Wind

by Marion Dane Bauer

 

 

Snow

By Marion Dane Bauer

 

 

Rainbow

By Marion Dane Bauer

I Like the Weather

 

 

I Like the Sun

by Sarah Nelson

 

 

I Like the Rain

By Sarah Nelson

 

 

I Like the Snow

By Sarah Nelson

 

 

I Like the Wind

By Sarah Nelson

Freddy, The Frogcaster

 

 

Freddy the Frogcaster

By Janice Dean

 

 

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Flash Flood

By Janice Dean

 

 

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Huge Hurricane

by Janice Dean

 

 

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado

By Janice Dean

 

 

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard

By Janice Dean

Weather Board Books for Preschoolers

It’s never too early to begin exploring weather. Board books and puzzles allow kids to build important knowledge and learn weather vocabulary at a young age.

What is a Board Book?

Board books and indestructible books are typically the first books that children read on their own. The sturdy pages make them more durable and less prone to tears in the pages.

Of course, as with any book or toy, supervision is necessary. Small children still love to mouth books and improper use can damage the binding or any interactive pieces of the books like pop-ups and flaps.

What Ages are Board Books Best For?

Board books are generally geared toward toddlers at 1-2 years old. However, in our preschool, we found it helpful to use board books with preschoolers as well. When, preschoolers want to independently explore books, but are a bit to rough to trust with paper pages, board books can give them the independence they crave and you don’t have to replace your classroom library every other day.

How to Select Weather Board Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The weather board books below were selected with multiple criteria in mind:

Age-appropriate content: the length of the text on a page is very important to consider when reading to a small child. Their attention-spans are extremely short.

We also take into consideration the level of detail in the text. A toddler or preschooler is not likely to enjoy reading lots of numerical facts nor is it appropriate to describe storms in a frightening way.

Board books for toddlers and preschoolers should have short, engaging text with information on their level.

Images: While it is important to encourage kids to explore all kinds of art at any age, toddlers and preschoolers benefit from having clear, non-distracting images that allow them to focus on the pictures as the text is read to them.

Interactive: While lift-the-flaps and pop-up elements are not usually the best option for young learners as they independently explore books, storylines that encourage a response, characters that are engaging and appropriate interactive elements (like flaps and pop-ups) help to capture the attention of toddlers and preschoolers.

 

 

Little Genius Weather

By Joe Rhatigan

 

 

LIttle Wonders Weather

By Rose Nestling

 

 

All About the Weather

By Huda Harajli, MA

 

 

Touch & Feel Weather

 

 

Wind

by Carol Thompson

 

 

Wally Takes a Weather Walk

By Bree Sunshine Smith

 

 

Our Weather

 

 

Nerdy Babies Weather

by Emmy Kastner

 

 

Play in Any Weather

By Lizzy Doyle

 

 

Spin and Spot Weather

More Weather Fiction Books for Kids

 

 

Elmer’s Weather

by David Mckee

 

 

Explore My World Weather

By Lisa M. Gerry

 

 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

By Josh Bennett

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