5 Easiest Practice Readers about Hurricanes!

As I sit here the rain is pounding on the windows, and Hurricane Irene (August 2011) is lumbering away from us here in Northern Virginia.

And being a #kidlit type of person, the first thing that occurred to me is that I ought to see if I can gather the 5 easiest books about Hurricanes, for surely, on Monday when the libraries are open, there are going to be many curious children wondering where all the wind and rain came from.

bookcover of Yesterday We Had A HurricaneYesterday We Had A Hurricane
by Deirdre McLaughlin Mercier

**One of the best children's books of 2007 --Bank Street Children's Book Committee**

Deirdre wrote this book for her preschool students after their experience with Hurricane Charley in 2004. The book talks about the wind and rain and what people can do when the electricity goes off.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 209
Page Count: 40
Accelerated Reading level: 1.5 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 114289
-- sample pages available

This book is also available in Spanish.  However the Spanish version is at the second grade level.

Word Count: 228
Page Count: 40
Accelerated Reading level: 2.8 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 114289SP

Teachers Guide
Yesterday We Had a Hurricane - Teacher Activity Guide

bookcover of Schuh's HurricanesHurricanes (Earth in Action)
by Mari C. Schuh

Your basic non-fiction book. Mari describes how hurricanes form.

Library Binding: 24 pages
Publisher: Capstone (2009)
ISBN-10: 1429634332

Word Count: 176
Accelerated Reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 130467
Lexile: 450L
-- amazon

bookcover of Hurricanes (Wild Weather)
(Wild Weather)
by Jim Mezzanotte

This book examines the nature of hurricanes, what they look like, how they occur, the damage they cause, and how people stay safe in a storm.

If you are interested, Jim has also rewritten this book as a more difficult AR 3.3 .

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Weekly Reader (2009)
ISBN-10: 1433923629

Word Count: 498
Accelerated Reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 132577
Lexile: 480L
-- amazon

bookcover of National Geo's Hurricanes
by Miriam Busch Goin
AR Quiz No. 131322

Storms are SCARY! But it’s cool to understand what’s going on when Mother Nature gets angry. Why does the wind howl? Why does it rain for days? How do rivers overflow? Thunder and lightening, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes...the facts and photos in this book will blow you away!

Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: National Geographic (2009)
ISBN-10: 1426303947

Word Count: 650
Accelerated Reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 131322
Lexile: 500L
-- amazon

Hurricanes And Tropical Storms
Hurricanes And Tropical Storms
by Jennifer Nowak

I couldn't track down much information on this one, so I think this book should be relegated to a Library Find status.
  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group (2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0823982238
Reading Level: generic 2
-- amazon

compiled by Pam T

For books at the AR 3 level check this list: 4 More Good Books about Hurricanes!