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A summer reading initiative from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

By: Verna Aardema

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The tale of herdsman Ki-pat is set on a dry African plain and is told in the familiar cadence of...

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Clouds

By: Anne Rockwell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Learn about 10 different types of clouds — cirrus, stratus, and cumulus — as well as...

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

By: Judi Barrett

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Residents of Chewandswallow were accustomed to their predictable weather which kept them in...

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Come On, Rain

By: Karen Hesse

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Tessie, the child narrator, is the first to see the long-awaited rain clouds form. She and her...

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Finn Throws a Fit

By: David Elliott

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Young Finn doesn't like anything on this particular day. When offered something he normally likes,...

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Kite Flying

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The young narrator describes how she and her family each contribute to a handsome kite which...

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Like a Windy Day

By: Frank Asch, Devin Asch

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A child imagines being like the wind: playing with hats and leaves, zooming and racing...

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On the Same Day in March

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 3-6 years old

On the same day that it's icy cold in the Artic, it's foggy in Louisiana, sunny in Barbados, and...

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Otis and the Tornado

By: Loren Long

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Otis and his farm friends are enjoying a summer's day playing their favorite game, follow-the-...

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Rain Play

By: Cynthia Cotten

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What is summer without a rainstorm? Alliterative language and richly textured collages create a day...

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The Blizzard

By: Betty Ren Wright

Age Level: 3-6 years old

This picture book has the warmth and appeal of a favorite family reminiscence. The simple story...

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Thunder Cake

By: Patricia Polacco

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Many children are frightened by the noise of a storm. Here, a grandmother’s caring and her stories...

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Waiting Out the Storm

By: JoAnn Early Macken

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Wind whistles in the treetops, thunder rumbles, and lightning flashes and dashes between raindrops...

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Water Is Water

By: Miranda Paul

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lyrical language and handsome, realistic watercolors present water in its many forms, from...

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Watersong

By: Tim McCanna

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In onomatopoeia, the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey as a fox seeks shelter from...

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Weather: Poems for All Seasons

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

From the catchy nonsense of X. J. Kennedy's 'Snowflake Souffle' to the simple, surprising imagery...

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Wild Weather

By: Katharine Kenah

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The Wild Weather Extreme Reader introduces fascinating facts about some of the fiercest weather...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Down Comes the Rain

By: Franklyn Branley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

After rain comes down, the sun comes out and dries the puddles. But the water isn't gone. The heat...

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Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll

By: Franklyn Branley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Did you know that lightning bolts can be over a mile long? Or that they may come from clouds that...

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Hurricane

By: David Wiesner

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As the sky grays and the leaves swirl by in a "green blizzard," two young boys and...

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Hurricanes

By: Seymour Simon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Hurricanes, their origin and their destructive power (as well as their relatives, the tropical...

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I Face the Wind

By: Vicki Cobb

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Children are encouraged to observe as experiment as they learn about wind and air as well as...

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It's Raining

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Water is essential for all life on earth. In the author/illustrator's signature style, the water...

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Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane

By: Jan Day

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Kissimmee Pete, the cracker cow hunter, is back for another wild adventure. After rounding up a...

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Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

By: Joanna Cole

Age Level: 6-9 years old

If only every child could have a teacher like Ms. Frizzle, every field trip would be...

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National Geographic Kids Everything Weather

By: Kathy Furgang

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Weather can be wild, freaky, and fascinating! Powerful twisters roar through homes; earthquakes...

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Sector 7

By: David Wiesner

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Wondrous things happen in the skies above Manhattan in this wordless book that explores what...

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Snow Is Falling

By: Franklyn Branley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Snow is magical and beautiful and sometimes even dangerous. Through both observation and...

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Snowflake Bentley

By: Jacqueline Martin Briggs

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Strong lines and narrative combine in this picture book biography of the Vermonter who figured...

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The Big Storm

By: Bruce Hiscock

Age Level: 6-9 years old

On the last day of March in 1982 a storm swept off the Pacific coast. Over the next six days the...

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By: William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops...

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The Kid's Book of Weather Forecasting

By: Mark Breen, Kathleen Friestad

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this hands-on science book, kids learn how o make a barometer, record their observations in a...

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The Legend of Lightning and Thunder

By: Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Orphaned siblings could travel no farther without food and so while camp folk were distracted, the...

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The Wild Weather Book

By: Fiona Danks

Age Level: 6-9 years old

There's always something to do outside regardless of the weather. A range of activities are...

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Tornado! The Story Behind these Twisting, Turning, Spinning and Spiraling Storms

By: Judith Fradin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated readers curious about weather science will be riveted by this highly illustrated,...

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Tornadoes

By: Seymour Simon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The power of nature and its destructive potential is presented in astonishing photographs and...

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Weather

By: Seymour Simon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What causes the weather and its patterns? How do we measure weather? All your meteorological...

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Weather Words and What They Mean

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Award-winning nonfiction writer Gibbons clearly explains and illustrates four big weather...

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What Will the Weather Be?

By: Lynda DeWitt

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Will it be warm or cold? Should we wear shorts or pants? Shoes or boots? Read and find out why the...

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