We love books and so do the people who participate in Poppins Book Nook. That is why I am so excited to be part of the Virtual Book Club this year.
Here at Brain Power Boy we focus on raising boys who love to learn. We work hard to find the best books for boys and activities boys will enjoy (and learn from!) We will be bring this focus to our book and activity choices for Poppins Book Nook.
The first topic for the virtual book club is weather. So, we dug through a bunch of weather books to see which ones we liked the best. You are really going to like these.
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Best Books for Boys: Weather
On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather On one day in March you get views of different areas of the world to see what the weather is. Interesting and enjoyable with short poems telling the story of weather around the world.
We really like Gail Gibbons. Weather Forecasting is an older book but what I like about it is that it does a great job of explaining the basics of a weather station. Her Weather Words and What They Mean is a good book for young readers and will introduce them to a lot of weather words.
Here is a title that will appeal to older boys: National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away. Long title, eh? It has a lot of great pictures, tidbits and solid info as well. There is information about weather being destructive and even deadly so I would suggest you keep that in mind if you have a sensitive child.
Alphabet books (click to see a super list) are favorites in our house so we were excited to find one on weather. W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet is a rhyming book with great illustrations and factual information.
We have had this book since my son was little and pull it out every now and then to read it again. The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola is a classic weather book.
And for a bit of a change of pace . . . Blue on Blue. I am in love with the illustrations made from scratchboard and watercolor and the poetic telling of a thunderstorm coming over a small farm. Beautiful book!
The book we chose as the main book we worked from was DK Eyewitness Books: Weather. We love the DK Eyewitness series of books and they are one of the publishers that I really like when choosing non-fiction books for boys. They are great for visual spatial learners as they have a lot of wonderful photographs and the info is in bite sized pieces, yet they cover a lot of material.
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Picture the Weather Activity:
Record a day of weather with your camera. Simply take photographs of the same spot outside at different times of day. You can use this in combination with the weather chart below or on its own.
You can get nice results if you know a storm is coming through your area. We were suppose to get snow yesterday as well as rain but we ended up with just rain. The pictures would have been more exciting with snow–ah well, can’t control the weather!
We used a digital camera and took images throughout the day. We then put a few of the pictures into one image. This is a very enjoyable way to track weather in your area. A note on cameras: I believe in giving children real tools to work with. Click the digital camera link to see the camera we got for my son.
Chart the Weather Activity:
Use a weather chart to record the weather. Kids are often fascinated by weather. We live in the midwest where we can get sun, rain, sleet, and snow all within a few hours of each other. Charting it allows for increased attention to details as you are observing with a purpose.
We made a free printable weather chart so you can track the weather for two weeks.
- Record the high and low temperatures for the day.
- Check the wind direction (you can use a compass) and the wind speed (make an anemometer.)
- What is the cloud cover like? Use partly cloudy for some clouds, half cloudy if about 1/2 of the sky is covered, mostly cloudy if the sky is almost full of clouds, or all for complete cloud cover.
- The “other observations” box can be used to mention things like sunny, lightening, hazy, foggy, etc.
You can even use this nifty weather symbols chart from the National Weather Service. I had no idea there were 99 different symbols to designate different weather patterns. Very interesting!
Free Printable Weather Chart <——— Click link, or image above, to print your free weather chart.
As part of the Poppins Book Nook Virtual Book Club there is a monthly giveaway. Feel free to sign up. Good luck!
Kid’s Meteorologist in the Making Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Kid’s Meteorologist In The Making Bundle. The winner will enjoy two fun weather themed learning items. The two items that they will win is the Weather Tracker and National Geographic’s Kid’s Everything Weather (*kindly note that these are affiliate links and your purchase helps to run this book club). These two wondrous weather items can bring your children a fun weather activity or two.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures. Just enter the PromoSimple below to win.
Be sure to check out the other participants in the Poppins Book Nook Virtual Book Club below and visit Poppins Book Nook to get the wonderful book club printables available for you to use with your kids.