Extreme Weather for Kids

Lessons and Activities All About Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Blizzards, and More!

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Pub Date Mar 26 2024 | Archive Date Feb 22 2024

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Extreme Weather for Kids is a whirlwind ride through the wild world of weather, written in accessible language and complemented by vivid descriptions and imagery.

Designed to harness children’s natural curiosity, this action-packed introduction to meteorology incorporates firsthand accounts from inside Mother Nature’s most dramatic moments. For each phenomenon introduced, explanatory text, informative illustrations, sidebars, and asides allow readers to explore at their own pace. Along with storm-chasing reports and photos from in the field, each chapter includes a step-by-step hands-on activity for engaging with the science.

What is the polar vortex? And why does a disrupted “polar vortex” lead to extreme cold air outbreaks across Europe, Asia, and North America? Among the many “in case you were wondering” questions addressed:
  • How strong can a hurricane get?
  • What’s the biggest tornado to have ever happened?
  • How large can hail get?
  • Is “thundersnow” real? How does it form?
  • How thick is lightning? And how powerful is it?
  • Where can I find “fossilized lightning?” 
  • Can it snow in the dessert?
  • What are “solar storms?”
  • What makes the northern (and southern) lights?

Weather is one of the most accessible sciences there is. Everyone experiences it in some way or another, and learning the basics behind it naturally sparks interest in other sciences. That’s why Extreme Weather for Kids also teaches the basic principles of scientific observation, while placing a key emphasis on safety.

Extreme Weather for Kids is sure to awaken the joy of learning—rain or shine.
Extreme Weather for Kids is a whirlwind ride through the wild world of weather, written in accessible language and complemented by vivid descriptions and imagery.

Designed to harness children’s...

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My 5 year old is obsessed with extreme weather. Has checked out every book out library offers on the subject, so he was super stoked about this one. It’s very informative, with lots of pictures. He loved the different activities that go with the chapters. I liked that the activities were fairly simple to do! This book was a huge hit for both myself and him! I’m sure we’ll be reading it again and again!

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What a nice science book for kids! Kids tend to get easily interested in all sorts of things, especially those they see happen, yet cannot explain them rationally. Let’s be honest, most adults cannot explain the weather rationally either. And… enter this book!
I love using books like this one in a sneaky way around kids – never push anyone to read it, just place it somewhere where the kid is going to be, make sure the kid gets bored enough to start checking out the surroundings, and open the book (oh, there are pictures? Nice, let’s look!) and… it sucks them in. They come out smarter and have something to tell their friends too.
Me? I read it and I found lots of things I was not aware of, and I’m old already. So, I’d say it’s not just for kids, but most definitely a great science book to have around if you have kids or even grandkids visiting now and then. Or, if you need a gift for a middle-grade-aged kid.

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A very good middle school to junior high book about weather. It gives experiments to conduct at the end of each lesson. Wonderful pictures to help kids visualize. Definitely a useful tool for homeschooling families like ours.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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I would highly recommend this for any home and school library with children. There is so much information here, and it is so well organized. Different kinds of weather are clearly explained, and there are several experiments throughout the book that you can do, such as creating your own rainbow and understanding carbon dioxide.
I like to talk about one favorite thing but I have two: I loved the trivia, such as that there is a place in Venezuela that gets the most lightning (how random is that?) and the second is that the author decided to see the Nothern Lights, which is one of my goals, and explained that. The illustrations and photographs are perfect for the text.
Thanks so much to NetGalley for letting me preview this

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Thank you to Netgalley.com, Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry and of course the author Matthew Cappucci for giving me access to this ARC to review!

Extreme Weather for Kids will be coming to a library or bookstore near you on March 26, 2024!

Oh man! I wish I had this book when I was much younger and interested in meteorology! Now that i'm a mom with twin budding scientists of my own, I have to say this book is absolutely fantastic! The information is broken up into easily digestible chunks with eye catching pictures, graphics and fun facts sprinkled throughout the book. There were quite a few things I learned myself while reading this book and I thought I knew a lot about weather! My girls absolutely adored this book and want to try many of the experiments at home. I also enjoyed reading the storm chaser adventure segments about the author's personal adventures. My girls are 8 currently and had no problem reading this book, though there are some big weather terms that they needed help sounding out.

if you have a child in your life who is interested in weather, how it works and how it affects the world around us, then this book is perfect for you!

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This was a really informative book! As a mom of a child that loves science and learning new things, I know this book will be a hit! The information is interesting but the pictures are also attention grabbing.

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This is PACKED with great information. I have always been interested in the earth and environment with weather always being fascinating. As a geographer, I learned a lot of this in college and I like to find books for my child related to weather, rocks, rivers, etc. There are weather related activities included that you can do at home, I am looking forward to trying them out with my child. I learned a lot of fun facts I didn’t know before, very informative book. This is more tailored to an older child.

I received this book as an advanced reader copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

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I love this book! It is extremely informative and comes with interesting activities for children. However, I do think that this might be more suitable for KS3 students as the information contained in this book is a bit advanced. I am definitely getting this one when it is out though.

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