Early Literacy Tip

Extend children's enjoyment of non-fiction and informational books with related activities. Exploring the topic through hands-on activities encourages their curiosity and makes them want to learn and read more about it.


Library Books


The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker
During an overnight rainstorm, a large and deep puddle forms across a city street, and the next day increasing numbers of creatures or things disappear into it, from one shaggy dog to nine robbers.

Elmer’s Weather by David McKee
Elmer the patchwork elephant experiences wind, storms, fog, snow and other kinds of weather.

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.

The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony
A sudden gust of wind takes the Queen's favorite hat and blows it all over London, as the Queen's men give chase.

Rain by Manya Stojic
The animals of the African savanna use their senses to predict and then enjoy the rain.

Rain School by James Rumford
The children arrive on the first day of school and build a mud structure to be their classroom for the next nine months until the rainy season comes and washes it all away.

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
It's a mad dash for shelter as rain sweeps into an urban neighborhood. Where to go? The subway! It's the perfect place to wait out the wind and weather. Strangers share smiles and umbrellas and take delight in the experience of a city thunderstorm.

Windblown by Edouard Manceau
Colorful and oddly shaped scraps of paper blow in the wind. One by one, they take shape, transforming into animals—each one with its own story to tell.

Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee
As a young girl splashes in the rain, she plays a guessing game with the reader about other living things that enjoy a cloudburst.


(Parents and teachers, these non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. You know your children—if any of the text is beyond where you think they are, you can still use the book by discussing the pictures and illustrations at their level.)

It’s Raining! by Gail Gibbons
What makes rain? From drizzle to downpour, here's information on the different kinds of rain and how to prepare if a storm is approaching.

It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
Introduces readers to snow and discusses topics such as different types of snowstorms, regions where snow falls and how to prepare when a snowstorm approaches.

Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
Written for young elementary school children, some of the vocabulary in this book is beyond preschool curriculum.  It does have some great illustrations, however, and serves as a good resource for defining the typical weather vocabulary used in preschool weather lessons. 

Whatever the Weather by Annie Riechmann
A resource for parents and teachers, this book features engaging science experiments and open-ended art activities that aim to give children ages four to eight a basic understanding of the science behind the weather that they experience each day, while also encouraging creativity, questioning and a spirit of curiosity.


Have fun with finger puppets.

Songs and Fingerplays

The Fog

I like the fog
It's soft and cool
It hides everything
On the way to school

I can't see a house
I can't see a tree
Because the fog
Is playing with me

The sun comes out
The fog goes away
But it shall be back
Another day

I Like Weather
(Tune:  "The Farmer in the Dell")

I like the rain
I like the rain
I like the rain

I like the sun
I like the sun
I like the sun

I like the wind
I like the wind
I like the wind

I like the snow
I like the snow
I like the snow

I like the clouds
I like the clouds
I like the clouds

The Playful Wind

The wind came out to play today
It blew the clouds out of its way
It blew the leaves, and away they flew
The trees bent low, and their branches did too

Rain Rain by James Hörner

Rain rain
Falls on the street
Mud in puddles
Cleaning my feet

Thunder thunder
Rumble and roar
Close the windows
And lock the door

Clouds clouds
Black and gray
Heavy with water
To drop all day

Sun sun
Is breaking through
Clouds are moving
The rain stops too

Rainbow rainbow
Across the sky
See-through colours
To tickle my eyes

Rain Song
(Tune: “If You’re Happy And You Know It”)

First a little drop of rain hits the ground (tap, tap)
Then another drop of rain hits the ground (tap, tap)
Then another and another and another and another
And pretty soon we hear a different sound (splash, splash)

Thunder and Lightning
(Tune: "Pop Goes the Weasel")

When a storm begins in the clouds
It sometimes may look frightening
You see a quick electrical spark –
Flash, goes the lightning

Long and thin and streaky and fast
Its glow is oh so brightening
Watch for the electric spark –
Flash, goes the lightning

When a storm begins in the clouds
It truly is a wonder
You hear a rumble loud in the sky –
Clap, goes the thunder

Lightning bolts are heating the air
Over clouds and under
When the air expands enough –
Clap, goes the thunder

What’s The Weather?
(Tune: “Are You Sleeping?”)

What’s the weather? What’s the weather?
Can you tell? Can you tell?
Is the sun shining? Is the rain falling?
Can you tell? Can you tell?

Whistling Wind
(Tune: “If You’re Happy And You Know It”)

If you hear the whistling wind, cup your ears
If you hear the whistling wind, cup your ears
If you hear it in the trees
Making music with the leaves
If you hear the whistling wind, cup your ears

If you feel the blustery wind, whirl around
If you feel the blustery wind, whirl around
If you feel it lift your hair
Like a kite up in the air
If you feel the blustery wind, whirl around



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