C. Van Allsburg
Houghton Mifflin, 1982
While studying for a geography test, Ben falls asleep listening to the rain. He dreams of traveling
among world landmarks, all submerged in a flood that is carrying him along.
Picture Book Studio 1989
This book follows a watery theme from raindrops falling through a hole in the roof to details about boats.
Mushroom in the Rain
How can an ant, butterfly, mouse, sparrow, and rabbit all take shelter from the rain under the same mushroom when originally there was room only for the ant?
This pen and watercolor portrayal of the biblical story of Noahs Ark and the Great Flood is told with humor and insight.
Peter Spier’s Rain
A brother and sister play outside exploring the many aspects of a rainy day. The wet weather activities outside are followed by a warm bath and cozy indoor activities.
Houghton Mifflin, 1973
A winged horse helps a midwestern boy explore the world beyond his farm. He rescues flood victims and a lost lamb. Portrays fantasy and farm reality.
The sun rises from his bed in the morning, spends the day moving across the sky while engaged in different activities, and goes to sleep as night falls.
The Flood That Came To Grandma’s House
Rain from Hurricane Agnes forces citizens to sandbag the river, but finally, they must evacuate. Humorous but realistic illustrations show children what happens when a house fills with water and the mess left in its wake. It also reassures them about handling natural disasters.
Child’s Play Press, 1975
Rain in the late spring, a nighttime storm at sea, and children playing in the snow in an alpine setting form three colorful short stories in this book.
Up to Ten and Down Again
Lothrop Lee and Shepard, 1986
Children swim with ducks and a rainstorm appears. Illustrations resemble snapshots in an album. The numbers from one to ten are introduced as a picnic is begun, enjoyed, and then rained out.
C.S. Vendrell and J.M. Parramon
This simple picture book shows how water is included in many events in our lives, including for drinking, for cooking, for washing, in fountains, for putting out fires, to sail on, and to make rainbows.
A Fish Name Yum Mr. Pin, Volume IV
Mr. Pin, the rockhopper penguin detective in Chicago, investigates two cases involving a flood and sinister fish-napping.
A Rainy Day
Orchard Brooks, 1993
Examines simple scientific concepts by observing the effect of raindrops on puddles, the sky, animals, and the surrounding landscape on a rainy day.
Susan E. Coatsworth
When a family rushes to higher ground to avoid a flood, they discover that their daughter Susan and her magic doll are not with them. Susan and Emelida, the doll, display optimistic courage as heroines.
Illustrations and text capture dramatic moments of a sudden storm.
Come a Tide
Orchard Books, 1990
This book uses the diction and homey imagery of a down-to-earth rural community and its first-person text (of a Grandma) to portray responding to a flood with common sense and humor. Euphonia and the Flood M. Calhoun Parent’s Magazine Press, 1976 ISBN: 0-819-30836-6 Curious to see where the flood is going, an old woman packs her broom and pig into her boat and sets out to follow it.
Hang on, Hester
Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1980
Hester courageously hangs onto her house when it is swept down river during a flood.
A cuddly bear tells the scientific principles of how 1) water changes to water vapor, 2) water vapor rises and forms clouds, 3) water droplets join together to form larger clouds, and 4) clouds that are too heavy release raindrops.
Weather or Not Riddles For Rain and Shine
Lerner Publications, 1990
A collection of riddles about weather, including “What do clouds wear under their raincoats? Thunderwear.”
A Blossom Promise
Delacorte Press, 1987
After a big flood in Alderson county, the Blossom family continues coping in their unique family style.
Children’s Press, 1990
This book’s humorous pictures and text show 12 different disasters and how to prepare for and survive them.
Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1990
Describe some great flood disasters, why floods occur, and how people have learned to live with floods.
Children’s Press, 1982
Starting with the terrible 1976 floods in Colorado, this book on floods discusses causes and effects and precautions.
Help! Yelled Maxwell
J. Stevenson and E. Stevenson
Greenwillow Books, 1978
When a flood threatens the town, Maxwell finds help in an unlikely place.
Hobie Hanson, Greatest Hero of the Mall
Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books, 1989
After a terrible flood, Hobie’s fifth grade class must meet in the shopping mall. Through funny and daring escapades, it is clear that Hobie is the hero of the mall.
Storm in the Night
Harper & Row, 1988
During a fearsome thunderstorm that has put the lights out, Thomas hears a story from his grandfather’s boyhood, when Grandfather was afraid of thunderstorms.
The Day it Rained Forever
Little, Brown and Company, 1968
Flooding cuts off Spring Valley and threatens to destroy the town. A boy finds that the rains are caused by a machine built by a scientist, now seriously ill in the hospital, and that it will rain forever unless he and his friend can turn off the machine.
Seabury Press, 1978
When a summer storm washes out the road, Christopher decides to row around the lake for help and almost gets into serious trouble.
Trapped in the Slickrock Canyon
G. Skurzynski & D. Soucie
Willowisp Press, 1984
ISBN: 06880 26885
Gina and Justin, 12-year-old cousins, come to understand each other better when they must try to survive a flood and other dangers in the western mountains.
Angry Waters: Floods and Their Control
Dodd, Mead, 1980
Discusses the causes of floods, how they are forecast, and how they can be prevented.
Coping With Natural Disasters
Walker & Co., 1988
Each chapter covers a natural disaster, including one on floods. Practical advice on coping with disaster is given, and supplies to keep on hand are listed.
Disastrous Floods and Tidal Waves
Describes different kinds of floods, including those caused by tsunamis and hurricanes, flood watches and warnings, rivers that are floodprone, preventive measures, and various floods of the past.
Night of the Twisters
Dan, his best friend, and brother take refuge in their basement during a tornado. This is the harrowing story of a day like any other that turned into a nightmare. The story abounds with courage, love, and hope.
No Way Out
Hiking along a river in Utah, a 19-year-old and her friends battle a flash flood.
Our Violent Earth
National Geographic Society, 1982
Describes the causes and effects of such geologic and atmospheric phenomena as earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, droughts, fires, and floods.
Houghton Mifflin, 1980
This story deals with father-and-son relationships, friendships and floods. A teen who feels he has disappointed his family takes heroic action when the Connecticut River floods.
Pocket Books, 1979
A fictional story about disasters.
Escape By Deluge
Holiday House, 1989
This is a fictional story of a teenager frightened by mysterious noises in the basement that she must explore to relieve her fear. Although fiction, the story is based on a flood that occurred in Melbourne, Australia in 1972.
Eye of a Hurricane: Stories
Firebrand Books 1989
Holiday House, 1989
This paperback workbook teaches about disasters, including floods, hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes. The activities include multiple choice questions, crossword puzzles, and fill-inthe- blanks.
Nature Gone Wild!
Notable tornadoes, cyclones, floods, hurricanes, fires, and volcano disasters are described.
The Day It Rained Forever: A Story of the Johnstown Flood
Virginia T. Gross
Viking, New York, 1991
A detailed description of the effects of the famous Johnstown Flood in Pennsylvania in 1889.
The Day The Hurricane Happened
Scribner’s Sons, 1974
On the Caribbean Island of St. John, a family experiences the drama, danger, and destruction of a hurricane.
The Terrible Wave
Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1972
During the disastrous flood of 1889 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a spoiled teenage girl learns to accept responsibility as she and her companions search for their families and friends.
This is a fictional account dealing with floods and tornadoes. A 14-year old boy named Paul, and his mother and sister wander in need of medical attention as a result of a snakebite. Paul shows heroism and resourcefulness.
by Wayne Matthews, Human Development Specialist, NC State University,
from materials developed by the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service,
Kansas State University
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