My mother was a stay-at-home mama, with a good teacher's instinct. She (and my Dad as well) always encouraged us to explore and enjoy the world through every avenue possible: watching birds, digging in the dirt, building tree houses, playing in the rain, learning about people, listening to music, visiting museums, traveling, doing simple experiments, asking "why" and of course . . . reading. There really was no subject that was off-limits and when we had questions, they helped us look up the answers rather than just spoon-feeding them to us. We went to the library regularly, but also had a supply of mainly non-fiction books at home that we could use at any time.
One such book, was the weather book that I referenced in my last post. It came in some sort of kit, but we had lots of other "science" books that we used until they literally fell apart. I remember having some about insects, birds, space and more.
In my own collection of children's books, I have a selection of different weather-related ones that I especially like. Most are readily available through Amazon, but probably easy to find in your local bookstore, as well. The Weather Watch Connections Box includes a really nice National Geographic book about weather that I think you will enjoy, too.
* What Will The Weather Be Like Today? - by Paul Rogers - A simple rhyming book that explores a variety of different weather types, this book is appropriate for even very young children.
* Big Sarah's Little Boots - by Paulette Bourgeois - Sarah is growing and can't figure out why her rain boots no longer fit.
* Rain - by Peter Spier - There are no words in this book, only pictures, so you and your child can tell the story together.
* Little Cloud - by Eric Carle - I love Eric Carle books and this one is no exception. This book encourages us to look up and use our imaginations to see the different shapes in the sky.
* Worm Weather - by Jean Taft - This is one of my new books and I love it. "Stomp in puddles and skip through rain in this imaginative and playful book about weather."
* Just a Big Storm - by Mercer Mayer - This is another brand new book for me and my grandson LOVES it! Little Critter and his family prepare for a big storm that turns out not to be too bad after all.
* A Rainbow of My Own - by Don Freeman - This is one of my all-time favorite books and the worn pages show it! Children can let their imagination soar as they pretend to have a rainbow of their very own.