Books about Meteorology for Children

Some children are intrigued by the weather. Where does it come from? What causes it? How do weather forecasters know what the weather will be tomorrow?  The day after tomorrow?  Next week? Children who have these questions can find the answers in books about meteorology. And who knows? They might find a career in this field! Children who are afraid of harsh weather like thunderstorms might feel less fearful when they know what causes such weather.

The Kid's Book of Weather Forecasting

The Kid's Book of Weather Forecasting
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Kids who love the weather and are interested in how it is predicted will enjoy this book. It explains how to make what is needed to measure rainfall, wind direction, and humidity. It also tells readers how to record those measurements and make predictions. It's a wonderful hands-on introduction to meteorology. Ages 7 and up

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Project Guide to Wind, Weather, and the Atmosphere

Project Guide to Wind, Weather, and the Atmosphere
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This is another project-based book to help children understand the atmosphere and weather. While weather is local and seems to be right on top of us, this book helps children understand that events taking place miles above us cause the weather we experience. Kids can learn how to make various meteorological instruments like a barometer and find instructions on how to conduct experiments for studying sunlight, air temperature, and atmospheric pressure. The book helps children understand how the weather is predicted in a hands-on way.

Ages 8 and up

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Jumpstarters for Meteorology

Jumpstarters for Meteorology
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This book is great for teachers and for homeschoolers. This book includes 48 pages full of resources for lessons on the atmosphere, air pressure, winds, weather prediction, weather instruments, precipitation, storms, climate, and weather maps!  Each page has five exercises and can be reproduced so they can be used more than once. Answer keys and suggestions for using the warm-up exercises are included.

Ages 9 - 14 years

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Chasing the Storm: Tornadoes, Meteorology, and Weather Watching

Chasing the Storm: Tornadoes, Meteorology, and Weather Watching
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Tornadoes have both alarmed and fascinated people for as long as I can remember and surely before that.  They are powerful and destructive and seem to spring up out of nowhere.  Some people are so fascinated by tornadoes that they actually chased them, hoping to find one in the process of being created.  Storm chasers have helped us learn much about tornadoes and now storm chasing is as much a part of science as other methods of studying the weather, and with newer meteorological equipment and techniques, more people can be alerted and saved through earlier warning systems.

The book contains diagrams and photos that enhance the text, which includes the role of meteorologists and meteorology play in predicting storms. At the back of the book, readers will find instructions for building a weather station as well as s list of items needed for an emergency kit.

Ages 10 - 13

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Atmosphere & Weather

Atmosphere & Weather
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Topics in this book include heat absorption, relative humidity, barometric pressure, measuring wind, and interpreting weather maps. It's a great book for homeschoolers since it contains all that would be needed to teach kids about weather: inquiry-based activities, challenge questions, extension activities, assessments, curriculum resources, a bibliography, and a list of materials.

The book supports National Science Education Standards, NCTM standards, and Standards for Technological Literacy.

Ages 10 - 14

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Meteorology, Grades 6 - 12: Atmosphere and Weather

Meteorology, Grades 6 - 12: Atmosphere and Weather
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This book is similar to the book Atmosphere & Weather, but it's for older kids. It's another great book for homeschoolers. It includes lists of materials and strategies that can help teachers and homeschooling parents with ideas for preparing lessons about the atmosphere and the weather. Special teacher pages are included that give teachers and parents overviews of the lessons, while special student pages provide the kids with "knowledge builders" and investigations they can conduct. .
11 - 18 years

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