The weather disasters have been fast and furious lately. My daughter and I were watching hurricane coverage tonight and she started to cry . . . and we aren’t even in the hurricane path! When I asked her what was wrong she replied, “It’s so scary. I feel so bad for those people!”
Weather is scary for us (as adults), so imagine what it does to little ones who don’t have a full grasp of it. If you’re looking for some ways to discuss the weather (specifically hurricanes) with kids, you might want to check out some of the books on the following list. Not only will they help your children better understand the storms, but it will also help to open a dialogue so you can help with some of their fears.
Kids’ Books About Hurricanes
A Place Where Hurricanes Happen is about Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In this book, kids tell their own stories of the hurricane.
From the description: ” As natural and man-made disasters become commonplace, we increasingly need books like this one to help children contextualize and discuss difficult and often tragic events.”
Yesterday We Had a Hurricane is a book that “tells the experience of a hurricane as seen through the eyes of a young child. Young readers will learn all about these “big storms that come from the ocean.” They’ll find out about the effects of wind and rain, as well as some of the more lighthearted and practical alternatives to doing without electricity.”
Ages 3 and up
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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere is a book about “when Hurricane Katrina hits the Lower Nines of New Orleans and tears her world apart, Armani realizes that being ten means being brave, watching loved ones die, and mustering all her strength to help her family weather the storm. A gripping story of courage and survival, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere celebrates the power of hope and love in the face of the unthinkable.”
Hurricanes! is a book where “young readers will learn how hurricanes are formed, how they are named and classified, and what to do if a dangerous storm is on the way.”
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In If You Were a Kid Surviving a Hurricane, kids will meet two friends named Carrie and Dan who are caught in the path of a major hurricane. “Along the way, they will learn how hurricanes form, how weather scientists track and study these storms, what people do to protect themselves from wind and flooding, and much more.”
Hurricanes“takes young readers on an in-depth exploration of one of the most awe-inspiring phenomena on Earth! This dramatic account of hurricanes and the disasters they leave behind, including Andrew and Katrina, are intensified through arresting full-color photographs and satellite images.”
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Written by a meteorologist, Freddy the Frogcaster and the Huge Hurricane is “tracking the weather at Frog News Network when he realizes a huge hurricane is coming! Can the town of Lilypad prepare for the storm in time? Can Freddy report the weather on TV and make sure his family and friends are safe?”
In Sergio and the Hurricane “a hurricane is coming, and Sergio and his family must prepare for the storm. Sergio is excited at first, but he soon realizes that hurricanes can be dangerous. Through the experiences of one little boy, readers will learn about hurricanes and the damage they can do. And they’ll also see how a community can pull together to repair that damage. ”
In The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane, “flying through the clouds in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class experiences a hurricane-and even a tornado-firsthand. During their thrilling ride through the sky, Arnold gets lost! Will the Friz be able to save the day this time?”
The Hurricane Fact and Picture Book: Fun Facts for Kids About Hurricanes is an interactive book about hurricanes with pictures and facts.
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11. Hurricane Child
Hurricane Child is a book about a girl that is born during a hurricane. “Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child. Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. She’s hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won’t stop following her, and — worst of all — Caroline’s mother left home one day and never came back.”
The Hurricane Mystery is a Boxcar Children Mystery where the kids look for a pirate treasure during a hurricane.
In The Science of Hurricanes: Understanding Weather Just for Kids! kids “will learn about how hurricanes start, different types, and what the life cycle of a hurricane is. This easy to understand book will help you understand hurricanes in no time at all.”
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Tell Me Why We Have Hurricanes is a book that “offers answers to their most compelling questions about hurricanes. Age-appropriate explanations and appealing photos encourage readers to continue their quest for knowledge. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.”
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