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Children's Nonfiction Weather


by (author) Valerie Wyatt

illustrated by Brian Share

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2000
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2000
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2000
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Why did green rain fall on Moscow in 1987? Where does wind come from? What exactly is fog? Using the popular Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format employed by many Web sites, this book allows kids to find out everything they need to know about all sorts of weird and wonderful weather. Sprinkled throughout are amazing weather facts and legends, incredible real-life weather stories, as well as hands-on activities and experiments. And the eye-popping illustrations make learning fun!

Kids can read about

  • hurricanes
  • El Niño
  • acid rain
  • global warming
  • weather forecasting

About the authors

Valerie Wyatt is an award-winning author of more than 14 nonfiction books, many of them about science. She also writes on historical topics and, from time to time, picture books. Asked if she has a favorite book, she says it's always the one she's just finished. She loves writing for children because it's not just about the words. “You have to think about the photographs and illustrations as well and make sure they fit together,” she says. “It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.” Valerie lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and dog, MacPherson, whose favorite food is cucumbers.

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  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Runner-up, International Book Award, Society of School Librarians International
  • Winner, Parents’ Choice Recommended

Editorial Reviews

Weather features far more than bruised-looking skies and wild winds, but its comprehensive coverage of conventional weather phenomena and trendy topics such as El Nino will please adults without boring kids.

Quill & Quire

Wyatt presents … interesting and informative data on a wide variety of topics … Colorful graphics provide an eye-catching element, and the Q & A format will appeal to reluctant researchers.

School Library Journal

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