Read Aloud Thursday: Storms

Storm in the NightA grandfather and grandson weather a storm together in this lovely book by Mary Stolz.  When the lights go out the pair pass the time by the grandfather telling a story about how he overcame a fear of storms as a child. The grandson insists he isn’t scared of anything but listens to the story anyway and in the end admits that maybe, just maybe, he might sometimes be scared.


Shetta Crum beautifully captures the feeling of an oppressively hot summer day and the refreshing relief (and fear) that a huge thunderstorm can bring. The simple watercolor illustrations, free-verse text and liberal use of onomatopoeia all work together perfectly here.

  The Bears in the Bed and The Great Big Storm

If these bears look familiar to you, it’s because they are done by the same illustrator who did the illustrations for the wonderful Karma Wilson bear books. In this book by Paul Bright, a trio of bear siblings crawls into bed one by one with the mom and dad bear during a scary storm. It’s a sweet book with a funny ending that my boys loved.

Storm is Coming!

My David likes funny books and he liked this one by Heather Tekavec. A farm dog is told by the farmer to round up the animals into the barn because “Storm is coming.” The animals are quite frightened because they don’t know who this “Storm” creature is or what he’s going to do. They are actually quite relieved that the wind and rain and hail and lightening will keep Storm away. If it sounds silly, it is. But well-done silly and just the right kind for a 4 yr old and 7 yr old.

As a side note, the author clearly knows cats. The animals are all in a frenzy when the cat calmly asks who Storm is. When no one knows she stretches, closes her eyes, says “Wake me when he gets here,” and falls back asleep.

And Then It Rained... And Then the Sun Came Out...

One half of this book by Crescent Dragonwagon follows the actions of six city dwellers when a needed rainstorm brings relief after a drought. Flip the book over and the other half follows the same city dwellers when the sun finally comes out after a prolonged period of rain. The story mirrors itself in each half. (For example, in one a boy gets out his favorite book of dinosaurs to read, in the other the boy goes to a dinosaur museum.)

The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book

There are some authors who you just know that any book you get by them will be well worth reading. These are the authors who I seem to come back to again and again whether I’m browsing the shelves or  looking for books on a specific topic.

Nancy Tafuri is one of my go-to authors for picture books for the youngest kids. Her books have beautiful, realistic illustrations and usually very simple (or no) text. Older kids can enjoy them also but young toddlers and preschoolers are especially attracted to them. This book counts from 1-10 as forest animals take cover in a cave during a storm. It then counts down from 10 as the same animals come out of the cave when the danger is over. A simple concept, and as always, done remarkably well.

And if you want to see more of what parents and kids are reading together, check out Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word.

7 thoughts on “Read Aloud Thursday: Storms

  1. This is a great collection! The first book appeals to me because that’s basically the approach I’ve taken — telling stories about storms I remember. And Bears in the Bed looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Not all cats. Our cat hates lightning storms and hides out until he is sure the storm is gone. Do your kids enjoy storms or get a little frantic when one approaches? Mine are on the rather frantic side.

    • My kids mostly enjoy it. They get a tiny bit scared but in a way that is more thrilling than frantic. I really like storms also.

      You are right, some cats do hate storms. It was more the “don’t bother me and stop running around like idiots” attitude of the cat that I appreciated.

  3. That’s a great theme for summer! Thank you for the recommendations! Our only storm books is Mercer Mayer’s It’s Just a Thunderstorm (or something like that).

  4. I’m terrified of storms! Our dog is, too, causing him to bark very loudly every time it thunders, so it’s a little difficult trying not to pass that fear onto my little boy!
    I especially like the sound of Thunder Boomer. I’ll keep a lookout for that one. 🙂

  5. Oh, this brings back memories–we “rowed” Storm in the Night when Lulu was about four, I guess. My girls are really afraid of storms, and the tornadic weather we’ve had hasn’t helped. 😦 There’s another book, an old Caldecott winner or honor book, I think, that’s about storms. I’ll have to see if I can find my copy to tell you what it is. Great post!

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