Dawn’s book pick introducing Weather to young readers

Weather, by Kristin Baird Rattini

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton


Published by: National Geographic

Level One, starting to read 4-6 years

Before a small children can begin to understand how our climate is changing, they must gradually learn the concepts that interact to influence our earth’s environment. What better way than with an introductory book written for four to six-year-olds. Weather by Kristin Baird Rattini, published by National Geographic is just the right beginning reading book to stimulate and interest young scientists.

Picture of book: Weather

In simple language, difficult concepts are explained. For example, light is described as being “a super hot stream of electricity.” “Ee-lek-tris-uh-tee” is spelled out phonetically and defined simply as ”energy that can make heat and light.” With bright pictures and clear vocabulary, the young reader is gently introduced to rain, snow, cloud formation, lightning, wind and wild weather which are fundamental to climate change.

A little bit about the reviewer

Dawn Drayton, pictured below at the cottage with her husband, has been an incredible volunteer for Georgian Bay Forever for years - including being an active member of the fundraising and education committees. We thank her so much for her passion. At GBF, we are always hoping to connect with passionate people. It can even start with a book and author recommendation. If you want to submit one, please contact the education committee for consideration. We are looking for books that tell stories and or provide information that will help to illuminate and engage our fellow Georgian Bayers on protecting the water. Email us with the subject line Book Club Reco at info@gbf.org.

Families For Change Program

If you and your family are concerned about climate change and plastic pollution but don’t really know where to start doing something about it, GBF has a program for you. It’s called Families For Change (F4C).GBF has identified different things cottagers and area residents can do to help combat climate change and protect Georgian Bay. To get started on a task list, click here . If you want to print it, here is a black and white version black and white version