TweensRecommended Reading: Weather Reads







Fiction Books and Media

Twister : a terrifying tale of superstorms / by Samone Bos.
Visiting his cousins in Oklahoma, Jeremy joins them on a storm chasing adventure encountering giant hailstones, ground lightning and funnel clouds, but suddenly a tornado touches down and they must now escape it.

Tornado alley / by Marlane Kennedy ; illustrated by Erwin Madrid.
Although Wyatt is not happy that he has to entertain his visiting cousin, he soon has much bigger problems to worry about when two tornadoes strike the area.

Eye of the storm / Kate Messner.
YF MES and eBook
Jaden's summer visit with her meteorologist father, who has just returned from spending four years in Russia conducting weather experiments not permitted in the United States, fills her with apprehension and fear as she discovers that living at her father's planned community, Placid Meadows, is anything but placid.

Finding someplace / Denise Lewis Patrick.
The weekend she turns thirteen, aspiring clothing designer Teresa "Reesie" Boone is separated from her family by Hurricane Katrina but, during the horrific storm and its aftermath, begins to find strength in herself.

Ninth Ward / Jewell Parker Rhodes.
In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

I survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 / by Lauren Tarshis ; illustrated by Scott Dawson.
YPB TAR and eBook
Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?

I survived the Joplin tornado, 2011 / by Lauren Tarshis ; illustrated by Scott Dawson.
A young boy struggles to survive during the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

Chasing Helicity [electronic resource eBook] / Ginger Zee.
Thirteen-year-old Helicity, not a victim of a horrific tornado but a survivor, connects with a local meteorologist and other stormchasers who support her plan to become one of them.

Terror at Bottle Creek [electronic resource eBook]. / Watt Key.
"Thirteen-year-old Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows. But when a deadly Gulf Coast hurricane makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put his all skills--and bravery--to the test"-- Provided by publisher.

Zane and the hurricane [electronic resource eBook] : a story of Katrina / Rodman Philbrick.
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.


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Nonfiction Books and Media

I survived true stories: five epic disasters / by Lauren Tarshis.
YPB 363.34 TAR and eBook
"From the author of the New York Times-bestselling I Survived series come five harrowing true stories of survival, featuring real kids in the midst of epic disasters. From a group of students surviving the 9.0 earthquake that set off a historic tsunami in Japan, to a boy nearly frozen on the prairie in 1888, these unforgettable kids lived to tell tales of unimaginable destruction -- and, against all odds, survival. Read their incredible stories: The Children's Blizzard, 1888 The Titanic Disaster, 1912 The Great Boston Molasses Flood, 1919 The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 The Henryville Tornado, 2012"-- Provided by publisher.

A drop of water : a book of science and wonder / written and photographed by Walter Wick.
Y 546.22 WIC
Describes the origins, characteristics, and uses of water.

Searching for stormy weather with a scientist / Judith Williams ; [science consultant, Harold Brooks ; series literacy consultant, Allan A. De Fina].
Y 551.55 WIL
Briefly explains the work of meteorologists, scientists who study weather in order to warn people about storms.

Eye of the storm : NASA, drones, and the race to crack the hurricane code / Amy Cherrix.
 Y 551.552 CHE
Ten million Americans live in hurricane danger zones, but how do we know if or when to evacuate? We must predict both when a storm will strike and how strong it will be. A daring NASA earth science mission may have finally found a way to crack this hurricane code. Dr. Scott Braun is the principal investigator for the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission (HS3), which flies repurposed military drone over hurricanes so that scientists can gather data. But the stakes are high and time is running out. In the first Scientists in the Field book entirely about weather, meet the NASA team on the cutting edge of meteorological field science.

Tornado terror / Lauren Tarshis.
YPB 551.553 TAR
Provides information about infamous tornadoes that have caused major destruction, including the Tri-State Tornado in 1925 and the Joplin Tornado in 2011, and presents personal accounts of these events.

Inside weather / by Mary Kay Carson ; illustrations by Cynthia Shaw.
Y 551.6 CAR
Whipping winds, heart-stopping thunder, devastating tornadoes, and flooding rains.

The kids' book of weather forecasting : build a weather station, "read" the sky & make predictions! / with meteorologist Mark Breen & Kathleen Friestad.
Y 551.63 BRE
A hands-on introduction to the science of meteorology, explaining how to make equipment to measure rainfall, wind direction, and humidity, record measurements and observations in a weather log, make weather predictions, and perform other related activities.

Erased by a tornado! [electronic resource eBook] / by Jessica Rudolph.
Survivors of tornadoes share stories of the catastrophic danger they faced. Also discover what causes these natural disasters, where they occur, and how to stay safe if one is heading your way.

Weather 101 [electronic resource eBook] : from Doppler radar and long-range forecasts to the polar vortex and climate change, everything you need to know about the study of weather / Kathleen Sears.
Weather 101 gives you the basics on weather, from blue skies to hail to dust storms, with information on the science of how weather works, how to predict the weather in your area, how to be ready for natural disasters, and how climate change is affecting weather patterns across the world. -- Provided by publisher.

What was Hurricane Katrina? [electronic resource eBook] / by Robin Koontz ; illustrated by John Hinderliter.
Offers easy-to-read accounts of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in history hit the Gulf of Mexico.

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Live Storm Chasing- Storm Chasers Live!  Live feeds of actual chasers in the field.  Online and live materials are not rated, viewer and parent discretion advised.

National Weather Service - Weather Science content for Kids and Teens

Open Weather Map - Indepth weather data from anywhere in the world.

Web Weather for Kids - Learn what makes weather wet and wild, do cool activities, and become hot at forecasting the weather on Web Weather for Kids!


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