128 pages; ages 4-8. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2017
I like this book because it is so browsable. Sure, it’s divided into chapters. In fact there are seven of them, including a chapter focusing on hot weather, one focusing on windy weather, one on cold weather, and one on rainy weather. There’s a chapter devoted to clouds and one that explains how scientists study the weather (so we know what’s headed our way).
But here’s the thing: you can just flip through until something catches your eye – like the photo of an ice-encrusted car or the very cool photo that captures a raindrop splattering apart on a flower petal. Reading stuff on that page will make a kid want to dive in deeper, find out more.
There are also plenty of pop-up facts (textboxes) and questions that encourage conversations on the topic… like the last time you chased after a piece of paper blown away by the wind – or maybe it was a hat? There are games and mazes at the end of chapters and a great “parent’s” section at the back with more activities for curious kids.
Head over to Archimedes Notebook to catch another book about Meteorology and women who study the science.
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