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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Reading Tip

Read together every day and talk about the stories and pictures. This will help children develop a strong vocabulary, one of the six early literacy skills, and will prepare them for learning to read.

Seasons - Weather: Books

Fiction:

Big Snow by Jonathan Bean
An excited and frustrated boy watches hopefully as wintry weather develops slowly into a big snow.

 

A Day So Gray by Maria Lamba
A winter's day is transformed from bleak to beautiful by warm friendship and a new perspective in a gentle story that encourages the appreciation and celebration of cozy pleasures and quiet joys.

 

A Day So Gray

Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch
A young girl discovers all the things the wind can do, by playing and dancing along with it.

 

One Monday by Amy Huntington
Over the course of a week, the wind plays havoc all around Annabelle's farm.

 

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon
An unexpected rain shower causes quarreling among the members of a small community.

 

Snow by Marion Dane Bauer
Uncovers the mysteries of snow and celebrates the joy it can bring.

 

The Weather Girls by Aki
Summer, fall, winter or spring, the Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring. Follow these busy girls as they climb mountains, fly hot-air balloons and soak in a rainbow-sky sunset.

 

Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? by Harriet Ziefert
A little girl steps out into her rainy yard in search of her missing kitten. She discovers a series of charming garden denizens on the way to finding Kitty. After celebrating the glories of a rainy day, the book ends with a heartwarming reunion between girl and cat.

 

The Wind’s Garden by Bethany Roberts
A child and the wind plant very different gardens.

 

Non-Fiction:

Some 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.

 

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre
A photographic non-fiction picture book about the wonder of snowfall and the winter water cycle.

 

Hello Winter! by Shelley Rotner
The basic facts about the season of winter including how plants, animals and the climate change and adapt are included in this photo essay introduction to winter.

 

The Magic Schoolbus Inside a Hurricane by Joanna Cole
Learn about hurricanes and storms.

 

Rainbows Never End: And Other Fun Facts by Laura DiSiena
Filled with tons of cool facts about weather and the environment, plus colorful, humorous illustrations.

 

Rainbows never End: and other fun facts

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
In this photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

 

Summer by Lynn Stone
Learn about summer.

 

The Sun by Elaine Landau
Facts about the sun.

 

What Makes a Blizzard? by Kathleen Weidner
All blizzards are snowstorms, but not all snowstorms are blizzards. Read and find out the difference.

 

What Will the Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt
Explains the basic characteristics of weather―temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, air pressure―and how meteorologists gather data for their forecasts.

 

Wintertime by Ann Schweninger
Learn about winter.

Weather: Songs and Rhymes

Wiggle Worm
The little wiggle worm, (wiggle pointer finger or make a pipe cleaner worm)
Went crawling underground. (wiggle worm under hand)
Down came the rain, (wiggle fingers downward)
Soon mud was all around. (open arms wide)
Rain filled the tunnels, (open hand, move fingers together)
And pushed the little worm. (push pointers outward)
So the puddles on the ground, (cup hand)
Were the only place to squirm. (wiggle worm in cupped hand)

 

There’s a Snowflake on My Head
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
There's a snowflake on my head, on my head. (point to head)
There's a snowflake on my head, on my head.
I caught this little flake, now give a little shake. (shake hands)
There's a snowflake on my head, on my head.

Additional verses: Face, tummy, back, toe (point to each body part)

Five Little Snowflakes
One little snowflake with nothing to do. (hold up one finger)
Along came another and then there were two. (hold up two fingers)

Two little snowflakes flying past me. (move fingers as if flying)
Along came another and then there were three. (hold up three fingers)

Three little snowflakes looking for some more. (put hand up like salute and look side to side)
Along came another and then there were four. (hold up four fingers)

Four little snowflakes dancing a jive. (do a little dance)
Along came another and then there were five. (hold up five fingers)

Five little snowflakes having so much fun. (wiggle all five fingers)
Out came the sun and then there were none! (make a sun overhead, then close all fingers into a fist)

 

What is the Weather?
(Tune: “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”)
Oh what is the weather, the weather, the weather? (Holding hands up as if asking a questions)
Oh what is the weather like outside today?
Is it sunny? (Make a large "O" or sun shape with your arms over your head)
Or rainy? (Wiggle fingers to make raindrops falling)
Or snowy? (Pretend to shiver with arms crossed)
Or cloudy? (Use hands to make puffy clouds in front of you)
Oh what is the weather like outside today?

 

Winter Hokey Pokey
(Tune: “Hokey Pokey”)
You put your mitten in, you take your mitten out.
You put your mitten in and shake them all about.
You do the Winter Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about! (Brrrrr!)

Additional verses: boots, hat, coat, whole snowsuit

 

What’s the Weather?
(Tune: “My Darling Clementine”)
What’s the weather? (Shrug shoudlers, hands out, palms up)
What’s the weather?
What’s the weather everyone?
Is it windy? (blow “wind”)
Is it cloudy? (make puffy cloud shape with hands)
Is there rain? (wiggle fingers to make raindrops fall)
Or is there sun? (Hold hands overhead in circle shape)

 

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