Children's Books about Clouds

A favorite summer pastime of children before the age of electronic devices was cloud watching. Children used to lie on the grass and stare up at the sky watching the clouds as they scudded across the sky. It is so relaxing to watch those clouds move slowly, slowly changing shape as they did. Not only is it relaxing, it is also great for the imagination. What were those shapes in the sky? A mushroom? A rabbit? A duck? Cloud watching can also stimulate curiosity - what are clouds? Why are there different kinds of clouds? How are clouds made? Where do they come from? Regardless of the season, get your child interested in clouds -- assuming she isn't already interested!

Little Cloud

Little Cloud
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If you enjoy books by Eric Carle, you will most likely enjoy this one too. It's not as colorful as other Carle books - after all, it is about white clouds and the blue sky. But the graphics are still interesting. The book also isn't going to provide the science behind the clouds, but it will certainly stimulate your child's imagination. The book tells the story of Little Cloud who follows other clouds across the sky changing shapes as it goes. Go through this book with your child and then the next time you see clouds in the bright sky, lie on the grass outside with your child and talk about Little Cloud and see if you can find him changing shapes. Ages 1 to 6.

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Clouds

Clouds
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This book will introduce young children to clouds. Through the simple explanations and the lovely watercolor illustrations, children will learn about the best-known types of clouds: cirrus, stratus, and cumulus. They will also learn what clouds do for us - like provide shade and water. While the age for the book is age 4, younger children will most likely enjoy this book too.

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Clouds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

Clouds
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This book about clouds will provide children with some basic facts about clouds. It provides simple descriptions ten different cloud formations: cirrus, stratus, cumulus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, cumulonimbus, altostratus, altocumulus, nimbostratus, and stratocumulus. It also explains that fog is really a low-lying cloud. More than that, though, the book also explains the relationship of cloud types to the weather. The best part, though? In the back of the book, you'll find instructions on making a cloud. Ages 4-8.

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The Cloud Book

The Cloud Book
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Are you a Tomie de Paola fan? If you are, you'll want this book for your child. It provides basic information about clouds in a fun and interesting way, comparing a cumulus cloud to a cauliflower, for instance. Just because it's fun, though, doesn't mean that it isn't informative. It explains how clouds are formed and introduces children to the different types of clouds, including their unique characteristics. In addition to the scientific discussion of clouds, the book also includes some cloud-related folk tales and legends. Ages 5 and up.

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Shapes in the Sky: A Book About Clouds

Shapes in the Sky: A Book About Clouds
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This book is a simple introduction to clouds for young children. It covers all the various cloud shapes. The illustrations are both colorful and interesting. Ages 5 and up.

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The Cloudspotter's Guide

The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds
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This is a cloud book for older kids and even adults. It's written by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the man who founded the Cloud Appreciation Society. (Yes, there really is such a thing.) The various cloud types are discussed from the ground up, which helps readers understand their classification and formation. This book goes into more detail than cloud books for younger children, covering such concepts as convection, advection, condensation and atmospheric optics. While the concepts may seem complex, they are explained in easy to understand ways. Pretor-Pinney weaves classical poety, physics, pop culture and more in his discussions of clouds, making the text more entertaining than you might expect. Adding to the fun are the illustrations, photos, and diagrams.

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