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Children's Nonfiction Weather

Look at the Weather

by (author) Britta Teckentrup

translated by Shelley Tanaka

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Weather, Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Disasters
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 18
  • Grade: 1 to 6


When you stop to think about it, weather is incredible: it’s whimsical, varied, ever-present, sometimes destructive and other times, beautiful. This immersive illustrated nonfiction book is an invitation for readers to ponder weather and approach it with a newfound sense of understanding, awe, and wonder.

Through four chapters—sun, rain, ice and snow, and extreme weather—this book explores different weather phenomena, from rainbows and sunsets to clouds, frost, and rainstorms. Moments of distress and destruction are offset by the calm after a storm or the peaceful feeling of a blanket of fresh snow.

Evocative paintings convey the sheer power of weather, while lyrical text captures the richness of our natural environment. The book takes an inspiring tone rather than an exhaustive, factual one. The book explicitly makes the links between extreme weather, climate change, and human activity, and poses questions often, inviting young readers to observe and inquire about their own environment or to imagine other ones.

About the authors

Britta Teckentrup is an award-winning illustrator, author and fine artist. She was born in Hamburg and moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin's College and the Royal College of Art. Britta has written and illustrated over 100 children's picture books, which have been translated into 25 different languages. Some of her accolades include two Special Mentions at the Bologna Ragazzi Awards, being awarded the 2018 Dutch Picture Book of the Year for Don’t Wake Up Tiger and being shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award with her book Under the Same Sky. Britta now lives and works in Berlin.


Britta Teckentrup's profile page

SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

"The details encourage both careful, continuous observation and appreciation for the endless varieties of weather."


"This would work wonderfully as an introduction in a weather unit, as well as a lovely nature-themed read-aloud."

School Library Journal

"This is a lovely and contemplative look at what tends to be the focus for many of our days."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"This is a truly lovely and poetic introduction to weather for young naturalists."

Youth Services Book Review

"The beautiful grey washed paintings in Look at the Weather evoke a sense of peace and reflect the vastness of Earth."

Canadian Review of Materials

"An immersive, inviting mix of appealing art and information."

Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

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