Recommended Children's Books About Hurricanes

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The following children's books about hurricanes, fiction and nonfiction, focus on preparing for hurricanes, living through them, and/or dealing with the aftermath. Some of the children's picture books about hurricanes will appeal to very young children while others will appeal to older children. As we know from such hurricanes as Katrina, hurricanes can have a devastating effect. These age-appropriate books will help children of various ages learn more about hurricanes.

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Yesterday We Had A Hurricane

Cover art of Yesterday We Had A Hurricane a bilingual English Spanish childrens picture book

 Bumble Bee Publishing

Yesterday We Had A Hurricane, a bilingual picture book in English and Spanish, provides an introduction to the effects of a hurricane. The author, Deidre McLaughlin Mercier, a teacher and counselor, has done an excellent job of presenting information in an age-appropriate manner for children three- to six-years-old. Narrated by a child living in Florida, the book is illustrated with wonderful bright fabric and paper collages that effectively illustrate the damage a hurricane can do in a way that will not frighten small children. With humor and emotion, the child describes the loud wind, trees falling, the driving rain, and the good and bad aspects of being without electricity. Yesterday We Had A Hurricane is a good book for young children. (Bumble Bee Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 9780975434291)

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Sergio and the Hurricane

Cover art of the children's picture book Sergio and the Hurricane

 Henry Holt and Co.

Set in San Juan, Sergio and the Hurricane tells the story of Sergio, a Puerto Rico boy, and his family and how they prepare for a hurricane, experience the hurricane, and clean up after the hurricane. When he first hears that a hurricane is coming, Sergio is very excited, although several adults warn him, “A hurricane is a very serious thing.”

The story emphasizes all of the preparations the family makes in order to get through the storm safely and the change in Sergio’s feelings as he moves from the excitement of preparing for the storm to his fear during the storm and shock at the damage caused by the storm. The gouache artwork by author and illustrator Alexandra Wallner gives a real sense of Puerto Rico and the effects of a hurricane. At the end of the book, there is a page of facts about hurricanes. Sergio and the Hurricane is a good picture book for five- to eight-year-olds. (Henry Holt and Co., 2000. ISBN: 0805062033)

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Cover art of children's picture book Hurricane!


The children's picture book Hurricane! tells the dramatic story of two brothers and their parents who, with little notice, have to flee their home for an inland shelter. It starts as a beautiful morning in Puerto Rico. The two boys walk from their home on stilts down to the ocean where they go snorkeling. Just as they realize the weather has changed, their mother rushes to tell them a hurricane is on its way. The weather gets progressively worse, and the family packs and flees their home just as sheets of rain begin to fall.

Author Jonathan London’s dramatic language and artist Henri Sorenson’s double-page oil paintings capture all of the drama and fear of the family’s evacuation and the waiting in the shelter until the hurricane ends. The book ends with storm cleanup and the return of good weather and regular daily activities. We recommend Hurricane! for six- to nine-year-olds. (HarperCollins, 1998. ISBN: 0688129773)

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Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms

Cover art of childrens nonfiction book Hurricanes Earth’s Mightiest Storms


Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms is an excellent children's nonfiction book about hurricanes that will appeal to nine- to fourteen-year-olds. Spectacular black & white and color photographs, maps, satellite images, and weather diagrams accompany the text by Patricia Lauber. The terrible impact of hurricanes is introduced in the first chapter, a dramatic account of the hurricane of 1938 and the extensive damage it caused.

Having piqued her reader’s interest, Lauber goes on to discuss the making of a hurricane, the naming of hurricanes, the widespread damage caused by high winds, and what scientists think about future storms. The book is 64-pages and includes an index and a recommended reading list. If you are looking for a good book about the science, history, and future of hurricanes, I recommend Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms. (Scholastic, 1996. ISBN: 0590474065)

If you middle grade reader is interested in fiction related to Hurricane Katrina, I recommend Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere.

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Inside Hurricanes

Cover of Inside Hurricanes nonfiction book for kids


Inside Hurricanes is a nonfiction book that will appeal to kids 8-12, as well as teens and adults. What makes the book interesting is the format, with multiple gatefolds of photos, maps, diagrams and other illustrations, along with information about where, why and how hurricanes happen, storm scientists in action, hurricane safety and first-person accounts.  Inside Hurricanes was published by Sterling in 2010. The book's ISBN is 978402777806.