Severe weather pictures from the midwest? Not exactly, as the third picture shows (you can see the Statue of Liberty to the left): these are scenes from Monday night’s surprise hailstorm and the double-tornado thunderboomer that tore through Brooklyn and Queens on September 16.
This recent spate of wild weather (and we’re not done yet, as a nor’easter is forecast for later today into tomorrow) has caught the attention of this armchair meteorologist. And, naturally, these events bring to mind some great books on the theme of impressive meteorological phenomena.
Lively illustrations and appropriate sound effects highlight this tale of a farm family as it scurries to prepare for and experiences a sudden thunderstorm. After the weather clears, they discover that the storm has left them a little gift. A natural for reading aloud, the story is ideal for kids who are afraid of the noisy, wild weather events. Ages 5-8
What happens when a tornado races through the farm and sweeps up Farmer Brown and all his animals? Find out in this delightfully silly story that’s sure to keep young (and not-so-young) readers and listeners laughing. Ages 4-8
The weather is so hot, even the flowers are pulling themselves out of the ground to find some shade. A young Kansas girl is determined to do something about it: she plants iceberg lettuce to make the air cooler, for example. The expressive illustrations are a perfect match to the wackiness of the story. Ages 5-9
12-year-old Dan and his best friend, Arthur, don’t pay much attention when a tornado watch is issued. After all, this is Grand Island, Nebraska, where such alerts are a regular event. But as evening approaches, it becomes clear that this is the real thing. And to make matters worse, Dan’s parents are not home, and it is up to the two friends to ensure their safety and that of Dan’s baby brother. After a twister streaks through, the boys feel they have seen the worst of the storm and begin trying to locate their families–only to be stunned by the ferocity of the tempest. Based on a real event, this novel will keep readers riveted until the last page. Ages 9-12
This beautifully-illustrated collection of verses by poets from around the world is a celebration of what is special about the season. Ages 4-10