Early Literacy Tip

Expand their vocabulary in a fun way. Before reading books with unfamiliar words, plan an activity like a matching game with pictures that helps children learn the meaning of words before you read them.

Library Books


The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch
This informational storybook celebrates a child's love of the sun and the wondrous ways in which it helps the earth and the life upon it.

Hello Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds
A young girl and her cat must change clothes many times as the weather goes from sunny to cloudy to rainy to snowy.

What Can You Do in the Rain? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Simple activities, such as mixing a mud pie offer a tangible introduction to words, weather and the five senses, as well as the many ways to play in the rain!

Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
A young girl and her dog find many things to count on a rainy day, both as they play outside and after they come home to a warm, dry house.

Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.

The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson
A newborn raindrop falls happily from the sky, until he begins to worry about what might happen next. This simple story uses spare text and art to explain the science of the water cycle, while happily showing that good things can result from change.

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do.

Little Cloud by Eric Carle
A little cloud becomes all sorts of things--sheep, an airplane, trees, a hat--before joining other clouds and raining.

One Windy Wednesday by Phyllis Root
When the wind blows so hard that it blows the quack right out of the duck, the oink out of the pig and so on, Bonnie Bumble works hard to get each animal's sound back where it belongs.

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole story by Will Hillenbrand
Bear and Mole build a kite and take it out on a windy day, but when the weather suddenly turns stormy there are unexpected consequences for some birds.

The Wind Blew by by Pat Hutchins
The wind blew and blew and blew! It blew so hard, it took everything with it: Mr. White's umbrella, Priscilla's balloon, the twins' scarves and even the wig on the judge's head. But just when the wind was about to carry everything out to sea, it changed its mind!


Animals in winter. Non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. If any of the text is too advanced for your children, you can still "read" these books by discussing their pictures.

Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros
Have you ever felt the wind tickle your face or heard it whistle through your window? Did you know that some wind travels faster than a car? This book explains what causes wind and shows how you can make your own weather vane!

I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb
Keeping the very youngest of scientists in mind, Cobb gives clear explanations to the big questions about wind. Young readers and adults can explore the basic scientific principles together through simple experiments.

Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll by Franklyn Mansfield Branley
This non-fiction book explains how and why a thunderstorm occurs and gives safety steps to follow when lightning is flashing.

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