April Book Recommendations
Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson 2022 ages 6-9
by Sandra Nickel, illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia
When Joanne Simpson (1923-2010) was a girl, she sailed her boat beneath the puffy white clouds of Cape Cod. As a pilot, she flew her plane so high, its wings almost touched them. And when World War II began and Joanne moved to the University of Chicago, a professor asked her to teach Air Force officers about those very clouds and the weather-changing winds. As soon as the war ended, Joanne decided to seriously study the clouds she had grown to love so much. Her professors laughed. They told her to go home. They told her she was no longer needed. They told her, "No woman ever got a doctorate in meteorology. And no woman ever will." But Joanne was stubborn. She sold her boat. She flew her last flight. She saved her money so that she could study clouds. She worked so hard and discovered so much that—despite what the professors said—she received a doctorate in meteorology. She was the first woman in the world to do so. Breaking Through the Clouds tells the story of a trailblazing scientist whose discoveries about clouds and how they work changed everything we know about weather today.
Drip 2022 ages 2-5
by Maggi Li
From a droplet of water in the river to a cloud in the sky,
Drip journeys across the earth and sky in a fun, informative
board book that explores the cycle of a raindrop. A die-cut
throughout the book emphasizes how nature is full of changes--
but begins and ends with a tiny drop of water.
Explore My World Clouds 2015 ages 3-7
by Marfe Delano
Curious kids ages 3 to 7 will be excited to learn about clouds—why they're in the sky, different types, and fun activities that celebrate being outside. These engaging Explore My World picture books on subjects kids care about combine simple stories with unforgettable photography. They invite little kids to take their first big steps toward understanding the world around them and are just the thing for parents and kids to curl up with and read aloud.
Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More! National Geographic Kids 2014 ages 8-12
by Thomas Kostigen
Record heat. Record storms. Record drought, snow, rain, and ocean levels. What's going on? In a world of crazy weather exacerbated by climate change, knowing about tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, derechos, blizzards, and storms is more important than ever. This book, based on cutting-edge science and first-hand accounts, helps kids learn about what's going on and what to do about it.
Hello, Puddle! 2022 ages 4-7
by Anita Sanchez and illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Explores a deceptively simple, but unexpectedly crucial, resource for wildlife: puddles! Hello, puddle! Who’s here? A normal everyday puddle may not seem very special. But for a mother turtle, it might be the perfect place to lay her eggs. For a squirrel, it might be the only spot to cool off and get a drink when the sun is shining down in July. And for any child, it can be a window into the elegant, complex natural world right outside their window.”— Provided by publisher.
I Am the Rain 2018 ages 3-8
written and illustrated by John Paterson
Introduces various aspects of water in rhyming verse including: the water cycle, states of matter, and the importance of water in our lives."-- Provided by publisher.
I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011: (I Survived #12) 2015 ages 7-11
by Scott Dawson, illustrated by Lauren Tarshis https://www.ballastbookco.com/item/KTN6Q2Wiy7Uo5j38JGhdWw
A destructive force is about to hit the city of Joplin...Eleven-year-old Dexter has always wanted to see a tornado. So when he gets the incredible opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous Dr. Norman Rays, he has to say yes! Dr. Rays is the host of Tornado Mysteries, the show that Dex and his older brother, Jeremy, watched every night until Jeremy joined the U.S. Navy SEALs and left Joplin. Dex certainly knows how deadly tornadoes can be, but this one isn't heading toward Joplin, and wouldn't it be great to have a brave and exciting story of his own to tell Jeremy when he comes home? But when the tornado shifts direction, Dexter's bravery is about to get seriously tested...
The Ocean in Your Bathtub 2020 ages 4-8
written by Seth Fishman and illustrated by Isabel Greenberg https://catalog.krl.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.10&pos=1&cn=636122
"The Earth's five oceans and its water cycle connect all of us in important and unexpected ways"-- Provided by publisher.
True Tornado Survival Stories and Amazing Facts from History and Today
(I Survived True Stories #3) 2017 ages 7-11
By Lauren Tarshis
From the author of the New York Times bestselling I Survived series, comes two gripping accounts of two young people who survived two terrifying twisters.The Tri-State Tornado of 1925 was the deadliest tornado strike in American history, tearing through three states and killing 700 people. Almost a century later, the Joplin Tornado was a mile-wide monster that nearly destroyed the heart of a vibrant city. The author of the New York Times best-selling I Survived series now brings you the vivid and true stories of two young people who survived these terrifying twisters, along with fascinating facts about tornadoes and profiles of the well-respected scientists and storm chasers who study them.
Tornadoes! 2019 ages 4-7
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons https://catalog.krl.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.10&pos=5&cn=215173
What in the world is a tornado? In this age of extreme weather, this newly updated edition of Gail Gibbons' informative introduction to tornadoes, including how tornadoes form, the scale used for classifying them, and the safest places to go in case one should happen near you, answers that question.
Water Cycles 2021 ages 7-11
Published by Dk
From snowflakes falling from the clouds, deep ocean currents to hot springs, and water in space, this children’s nature book showcases the beauty and power of water in the natural world. Inside the pages of this fascinating science book for kids, you’ll discover:
• Bite-size facts about inhabitants of freshwater and saltwater
• Incredible photographs capture the power of water in nature
• Great new angle about water and its many uses
• Subjects included supports STEM learning
• Cross-curricular science book - covering biology, the natural world, geography, global warming for kids, and much more. The wonderful world of water awaits! Water is essential for life. We drink it, bathe in it, and thousands of creatures live in it. But we are running desperately low on it. Water Cycles shows children how important keeping hydrated is for our health and what we can do to save this life-giving substance in the face of climate change. This children’s wildlife book is packed with incredible facts about water. Little ones will learn how it affects Earth’s weather, through rainstorms, snow flurries, and cyclones, how it is used in growing food and in making electricity, as well as how water travels into our homes at the turn of a tap.
What’s the Weather? 2019 ages 3-7
by Shelley Rotner
Seasons, precipitation, wind, clouds, storms, climate change, and other weather-related phenomena are explained for young readers. Includes glossary"-- Provided by publisher.
When Cloud Became a Cloud 2021 ages 3-5
written and illustration by Rob Hodgson
Meet Cloud! Follow along as she moves, transforms, precipitates, and more in this charming and humorous portrayal of the water cycle. From drizzle to snow to a thunderstorm party, Cloud's journey is documented through short, engaging chapters that capture the excitement and humor of weather in its many forms."--Provided by publisher.
A World of Water 2021 ages 5-7
written by Lisa J. Amstutz
We live in a water-filled world. Water is all around us and even inside us! Learn more about where water is found on Earth and how it moves from place to place"--Back cover.
Zap! Clap! Boom!: The Story of a Thunderstorm 2023 ages 3-6
by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Elly MacKay
Morning’s calm. Outside is still. A blue-forever day until . . .
Stormy clouds begin to rise . . .and then — with a ZAP! CLAP! BOOM! — a thunderstorm erupts. Explore the life cycle of a thunderstorm in this informative and engaging picture book. Beautiful papercut art by Elly MacKay depicts the changes in weather from a blue-sky day, to the storm clouds brewing, through the climax of the storm, and all the way to the sparkle that envelopes the landscape after the storm subsides. And author Laura Purdie Salas’s poetic text is sure to have kids chiming in on the refrain — “ZAP! CLAP! BOOM!” This accessible book is an excellent resource to calm little ones' fears about storms and explain weather to young readers. An author's note delves deeper into the science of thunderstorms.
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