Weather Wonders Weather Books for Kids

If your kids are anything like my kids, then they are fascinated by weather. As the Tampa Bay area is in the middle of hurricane season, and with Hurricane Harvey all the news, these books will help to keep your kids excited about the weather, even when it's not making headlines!  Clicking on the title of the book will take you to the library catalog so you can check to see if we have the book at your branch!

Weather Wonders
Extreme Weather : Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!
by Thomas Kostigen

Draws on cutting-edge science and first-person accounts to explore the role of climate change in extreme weather, describing manifestations of dangerous weather systems while revealing how everyday kids can make a difference. 
Extreme Weather
by Edward Close

Introduces extreme cases of weather disasters, including sudden tornadoes, destructive hurricanes, and unexpected flooding, and describes how to become a storm chaser.
The Weather Disaster
by Matthew McElligott

Dr. Cosmic's class of clever monsters confront snow, floods and a dangerous thunderstorm as freak weather conditions threaten their school, in an wacky introduction to the science behind weather. 
Detecting Hurricanes
by Samantha Bell

Introduces hurricanes, their causes, and the damage they do; describes how scientists can determine that a hurricane is coming; and provides advice on preparation and survival.
Eye of the Storm : NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code
by Amy E. Cherrix

Traces the work of cutting-edge NASA scientists who are re-purposing military drones to conduct hurricane science in order to assess the threat of potentially dangerous storms and maximize evacuation times. 
How Could We Harness a Hurricane?
by Vicki Cobb

Engineers use the knowledge we get from science to design solutions to problems--and a hurricane is a BIG problem. No one has yet designed ways to weaken a hurricane or steer it to someplace where it can die a natural death without harming people or property. But this doesn't mean that people haven't been thinking about it and imagining what could work. This book tells the story. 
by Elizabeth Raum

This photo-illustrated book describes hurricanes, or as they are known in other parts of the world, cyclones and typhoons. Explains how hurricanes are formed, how they are predicted, what can be done to stay safe in areas prone to hurricanes.
When the Sky Breaks : Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World
by Simon Winchester

The best-selling author of When the Earth Shakes combines engaging facts and first-person accounts with striking photography in a narrative exploration of violent storms and their relationship to climate change. 
Detecting Tornadoes
by Marne Ventura

Introduces tornadoes, their causes, and the damage they do; describes how scientists can determine that a tornado is coming; and provides advice on preparation and survival.
Survive a tornado
by Chris Bowman

Amazing photography accompanies engaging information about how to survive a tornado. The combination of high-interest subject matter and light text is intended for students in grades 3 through 7.
by Elizabeth Raum

This photo-illustrated book describes tornadoes, or as they are known in other parts of the world, cyclones. Explains how tornadoes are formed, how they are predicted, what can be done to stay safe in areas prone to tornadoes.
Tornado terror : True Tornado Survival Stories and Amazing Facts from History and Today
by Lauren Tarshis

Provides information about infamous tornadoes that have caused major destruction, including the Tri-State Tornado in 1925 and the Joplin Tornado in 2011, and presents personal accounts of these events.
by Seymour Simon

Updated with new text and photos, an introduction to the Earth's strongest wind storms by the award-winning science writer shares amazing facts about tornadoes while explaining how they occur and how to protect oneself from dangerous weather.
How to Survive a Tornado
by Marne Ventura

Provides information on the causes and effects of tornadoes, looks at how people have survived these destructive phenomena, and suggests ways to be prepared.


Ronin is 11

Ronin, you are 11!! What a year this has been for you. You ran right through it!

You placed in your age group for Gasparilla.

You walked with me at The Dark Side 5K AND GOT TO MEET Boba Fett.



You loved our Spring Break vacation in Edisto Beach, SC!


And you graduated from the 5th grade!!


I have a feeling that Middle school is going to be great for you!! You're hoping to get into Band like your big sister, Haley. But you want to play the drums!! You love to read, and play games on your tablet. And I'm still the first person you see every morning, and the last one you see at night ❤

You are my very special boy and I love you so much!




Ella is 12

Happy 12th Birthday my sweet flower child!!

It doesn't seem that long ago that you were born. At dawn. In a flower garden. With only your daddy and I there. Here you are with daddy and big sister Haley just a short time after your birth.

This has been a very big year for you!! You started middle school!! 

You decided to try new things with you hair.


You tried out for the school play.

You learned some very hard lessons about what it means to be a good friend, and how you deserve to be treated by those people who claim to be your friends. 

But most importantly, you stayed true to you. 

You continue to love animals and developed an INTENSE and DRIVEN desire to fish. All the time. Fish. 

You love crafting and and were even featured in the newspaper!


You ran Gasparilla and Disney Dark Side!

This year also found you obsessed with Zombies. You read the Darren Shan Zom-B series, you watched the entire series of Z-Nation and even dressed up like a Zombie for Halloween.

You are giving me signs of the type of young woman you are becoming. You don't take BS from ANYONE; you don't need other people to make you happy. You are independent, funny, smart, athletic, but most of all, you are kind. 

I am so proud of you Ella and I am excited for you as you embark on your 12th year of life!

Happy birthday my Sweet Ella.

I love you,