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Weather Bibliography
Lisa-Dai Keen
ISTC 717
December 7, 2009

Weather Bibliography
Ashwell, M. & Owen, A. (1999). What is weather? Snow. Illinois: Heinemann Library
Synopsis-Informational-Early Elementary
Briefly discusses aspects of cold weather, including such topics as snow, frost, icebergs,
blizzards, effects on plants and animals, and more.
Bauer, M. D. (2005). If frogs made weather. Illustrator D. Donohue. New
York: Holiday House.
Synopsis-Fantasy-Early Elementary
If frogs made weather it would rain all the time and ponds would
stay full to the brim. If polar bears made the weather, winter would
never end and the ground would always be covered in snow. In
lyrical poems Marion Dane Bauer explains what the weather would
be like if ten different animals were in charge. But what would the
weather be like if little boys had their say? In this case, we would
have it all.
Berger, M. & G. (1999). Can it rain cats and dogs? Questions and answers about
weather. Illustrated R. Sullivan. New York: Scholastic Inc.
Curious children will uncover the answers they seek about
the sun. air, wind, rain, snow, hail, hurricanes and
tornadoes, and learn some quirky weather myths, as well.
provides answers to such questions about the weather as
"What makes the weather?", "Does air have weight?",
"How big are hailstones?", and "What is El Nio?"
Breen, M. & Friestad, K. (2000). The kids book of weather forecasting: build a weather
station, read the sky & make predictions. Vermont: Williamson Publishing
Weather is always something everyone can talk about. This fascinating
introduction to weather, another title in the Williamson's Kids Can!
series, is guaranteed to provoke interesting conversations. Breen, a
meteorologist, began his career because of a snowstorm. As a child, he
was intrigued by the snowdrift in his backyard that was so large he and
his siblings spent days tunneling through it.

Briggs Martin, J. (1998). Snowflake Bently. Illustrated by Azarian, M.

Boston; Houghton Mifflin Company.
From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley
thought of the icy crystals as small miracles. And he
determined that one day his camera would capture for
others the wonder of the tiny crystals.
Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes
was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience
and determination revealed two important truths
about snowflakes: first, that no two are alike and
second, that each one is startlingly beautiful. His
story, gracefully told by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and brought to life in Mary
Azarian's lovely woodcuts, gives children insight into a soul who had not only a
scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.
Deutsch, S. & Cohon, R. (2009). Cloudy with a chance of meat balls: junior
novelization. New York: Simon Spotlight.
Synopsis-Fantasy Fiction-Late Elementary/Middle
Flint Lockwood is an eccentric young scientist whose awkward demeanor
and half-baked inventions (ratbirds, spray-on shoes, and talking monkeys)
have made him an outsider in his hometown of ChewandSwallow. All that
is about to change with his latest contraption, a miraculous food-making
machine. His creation brings happiness to the town, but when things go
awry, the forecast for the whole world quickly changes from sunny to
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!
Discovery Kids Ultimate Guide to The Awesome TV show DVDs
2009 Discovery Communications, LLC. Episode: Extreme Weather Disc Two
This is the kid-friendly version of the immensely popular Ultimate
Guide series, but cooler and totally awesome! Hosted by a
Discovery Kids regular and favorite, Zach Fehst brings his own
charm and ad-libs to everything you ever wanted to know about
everything from bears, T-rex, spiders and pyramids. This series
focuses on the most fascinating, outrageous and grossest facts
about its subject.

Gaffney, T. (2010). Storm scientist: careers chasing sever weather. New Jersey:
Enslow Publishing, Inc.
Synopsis-Informational-Late Elementary/Middle
Meteorologists and storm chasers brave wild weather all over the worldfrom the tropics to the Arctic. Find out how scientists analyze and predict
dangerous weather to help keep people safe, and learn if you have what it
takes to be a storm chaser, too!
Gliori, D. (2009). Stormy weather. New York: Walker & Company.
Synopsis-Fantasy-Early Elementary
In the spirit of her best-selling picture book No Matter What
comes another warm, snuggly picture book from Debi Gliori.
As a mama fox tucks her baby into bed, she soothes his
nighttime fears of the storm outside his window with the
promise of watching over him while he sleeps, just like all
other baby animals around the world. The adorable illustrations
and lilting rhyme will help see any child through the stormiest
of weather or the darkest of nights.
Goin, M. B. (2009). National geographic kids: storms. Washington, D.C.: National
Geographic Society.
Storms are SCARY! But its cool to understand whats going on
when Mother Nature gets angry. Why does the wind howl? Why
does it rain for days? How do rivers overflow? Thunder and
lightening, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes...the facts and photos
in this book will blow you away!

Graf, M (1998). The weather channel presents: lightning! and thunderstorms. Maryland:
Recorded Books Production, LLC.
Synopsis: Audio Cassette-Informational-Elementary/Middle
Though we often think of the weather as a mundane subject for small talk, meteorology
is, in fact, a difficult subject to explain. This series of recordings by The Weather Channel
is designed for kids 8 and up, and it does a fine job of introducing the physics and other
forces behind some of nature's most powerful phenomena. Actor Richard M. Davidson
reads with assuredness and doesn't rush his narration, giving the listener time to absorb
the information. In addition, the recordings make effective use of first-person stories from
kids who have lived through floods, been struck by lightning, and the like. The format is
less successful toward the end, where each tape includes a glossary and a list of Web
sites, complete with a flurry of www's and dot-coms. Neither works well in the audio
Harris, C. (2005). Wild weather (kingfisher voyages). Massachusetts: Kingfisher
Publications Pic.
Join the world-renowned tornado chaser and weather
photographer Warren Faidley, who will be your guide as you
explore the world's most extreme environments in this innovative
new book. Visit Tornado Alley in the United States and take a
close-up look at how these deadly twisters form. Find out from
Warren what it's like to be a storm-chaser, and learn about
monsoons, tsunamis, blizzards, mirages, and the effects of
weather phenomena like El Nio Investigate the wildest and the
worst weather Mother Nature has to offer with the man they call
the "Cyclone Cowboy"!
London, J. (1998). Hurricane. Illustrated by H. Sorensen. New York: Harper Collins
Synopsis-Realistic Fiction-Elementary
a young boy describes the experiences of his family when a hurricane
hits their home on the island of Puerto Rico. (from book)

Moulton, M. K. (2005). A snowgirl named just sue. Illustrated by K. H. Good.

Tennessee: Ideal Press.
Synopsis-Fantasy Fiction-Elementary
Love captures Snowman Bob's heart in this magical sequel to
A Snowman Named Just Bob. As winter fades away and the
warmth of a spring rain threatens their beloved Snowman
Bob, his friends worry that their days together are numbered.
But, an unexpected snowfall and the hard work of good
friends soon give life to a special friend for Bob, a friend
named Snowgirl Sue. Readers will delight in this tale as they
see true love turn Snowman Bob's melting frown upside
Osbourne, M.P. (2001). Twister on tuesday. Illustrator S. Murdocca. New York:
Random House Childrens Books.
Synopsis-Historical Fiction-Elementary
In the third book of the American history cluster, Jack and Annie
are whisked to a Midwestern prairie in the 1870s. They visit a oneroom schoolhouse and learn about the hard life of the pioneers.
When they return to the magic tree house, Jack and Annie spot a
twister on the horizon. Is there time to warn the teacher and the
children back at the schoolhouse? Or should Jack and Annie just
save themselves?

Stein, P. (2001). The macmillian encyclopedia of weather. New York: Macmillian

Reference USA
Synopsis-Informational-Late Elementary/Middle
Edited by the senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel, this title is designed to
acquaint readers in grades six through the adult level with important concepts in the field
of meteorology. From Acid rain to Zonal flow, 150 entries are arranged alphabetically
and vary in length from two or three paragraphs to almost 10 pages for Hurricanes and
Tornadoes. Most entries are devoted to meteorological terms (Alberta Clipper,
Hygrometer, Wind chill), but a handful of individuals, such as Theodore Fujita (he
developed the Fujita scale for classifying tornadoes, although his entry neglects to
mention this), are also included. The text is readable and does not overwhelm the reader
with technical jargon. Each entry concludes with cross-references to other appropriate

Updike, J. (1999). A child's calendar. Illustrated by Hyman, T.S. New York: Holiday
House, Inc.
From the short, frozen days of January, through the long green days of
June, to the first light snowflakes of December, here are poems for all
twelve months of the year. Each celebrates the familiar but nonetheless
wondrous qualities that make a time of the year unique. Vibrant
paintings follow the members of a busy, contented family and their friends through the
seasons, capturing their affection for one another along with the snowy quiet of winter,
the newness of spring, the still heat of summer, and the crispness of autumn.
Wellington, M. (1999). Bunnys rainbow day. New York: Penguin Young Readers
Synopsis-Fantasy Fiction-Early Elementary
Here's a board book filled with what little kids lovea
rainbow, two delightful animal friends, and brilliant
colors. This irresistible book, which celebrates the joys of
friendship, follows a darling bunny and a rainbowcolored bird as they scamper, romp, and flit through a
beautiful day that ends with a rainbow in the sky. The
vibrant color-drenched spreads are brimming with blues
and pinks and bright greens. Following the success of All
My Little Ducklings, Monica Wellington once again
creates a feast for the eyes in this buoyant book. Bold shapes, vivid colors, and brilliant,
graphic illustrations fill each page. Coupled with its rhythmic text, this is sure to be a
springtime hit with little ones.
Wilder, L. I. (1940). The long winter. Performed by C. Jones. New York: Harper
Collins Publishers, Inc.
Unabridged CD
Synopsis-Realistic Fiction-Late Elementary/Middle
Originally published in 1940, The Long Winter is the sixth book in
the Little House Series. Celebrate Little House, available once
again with the classic Garth Williams artwork gracing the covers
and blackandwhite interiors.

Whitlock, D. (2005). Sky carver. New York: Clarion Books.

Synopsis-Fantasy Fiction Late Elementary/Middle
Thomas Painter was born with the wrong name. Though his
father was a brilliant painter, Thomas couldnt be less of one.
His talent is woodcarving. Yet because he lives in a place
where ones name dictates his trade, he is forced to be a
painters apprentice.
Destiny intervenes when a tree branch falls from the sky. For
the branch, at least in Thomass hands, is a magic wand.
Thomas renames himself Carver and sets off downriver in
search of someone who can teach him to use the wand.
Accompanied by Raven (the bemagicked girl who dropped the
wand in the first place) and the bondservant Fireboy, Carver
ventures into a world filled with wonders, some glorious, some
terrible, and some beyond his imagining.