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If you’re studying weather with your preschoolers, be sure to include one or more picture books about thunderstorms.
Gather a collection of nonfiction and fiction books to add to your weather activities for preschool.
Nonfiction books will help your preschoolers understand the mechanics of rain and thunderstorms.
Fiction picture books will help take some of the fear out of thunderstorms when your little one might be afraid.
Books About Thunderstorms
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books that will help your preschoolers learn more about thunderstorms.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
National Geographic Readers: Storms! – Thunder and lightning, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes… the facts and photos in this book will blow you away!
Thunder Cake – A loud clap of thunder booms, and rattles the windows of Grandma’s old farmhouse. “This is Thunder Cake baking weather,” calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm.
Greta and the Dark Cloud – Greta can’t stop thinking all day long about the dark cloud that seems to be following her. Finally forced to confront the storm that follows, she learns it brings good things, too.
Franklin and the Thunderstorm – Franklin is afraid of thunderstorms. When a storm approaches while he is playing at Fox’s house, a flash of lightning sends Franklin into his shell. He refuses to come out — even for snacks — until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales about what causes storms.
Above the Clouds: What Really Happens in Heaven During a Thunderstorm – This book tells the tale of why there are rumbling sounds from the sky, why raindrops fall, why the wind whistles, and why the lightning strikes. Your little one will now have a positive attitude and fears will be calmed about a thunderstorm.
A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms – Boom! A crash of thunder follows a flash of lightning. Bel the Weather Girl and Dylan are having a slumber party, but now he’s hiding under the covers! Bel tells Dylan that thunderstorms aren’t so scary once you understand them.
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll – Did you know that lightning bolts can be over a mile long? Or that they may come from clouds that are ten miles high? Storms can be scary, but not if you know what causes them.
Storm Song – As thunder and lightning approach, a family gathers inside to play, sing, eat, and snuggle together until the weather clears. This sweet story captures both the excitement of a thunderstorm and the reassurance children need during a storm.
May I Come In? – When thunder roars and lightning flashes, Raccoon is afraid to be alone in his home. So he hurries out to see if any of his neighbors in Thistle Hollow have room to spare for a friend in need.
Little Critter: Just a Big Storm – Even though the power goes out, Little Critter is prepared! With flashlights in hand, the Critter family bakes potatoes for dinner in the wood stove and stays safe. Lightning and thunder can be scary, but really it’s all just a big storm!
Tap Tap Boom Boom – The clouds are gathering above a city street and soon — tap, tap, boom, boom! As a thunderstorm rolls in, people of all stripes race to get away from the crackling rain and wind.
Which of these books about thunderstorms will you read first?
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