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Extreme weather

Arnosky, Jim  Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Sterling

How do animals survive the piercing cold and ice of winter? Arnosky invites readers to learn with his signature combination of detailed pencil sketches, colorful paintings, and a conversational narrative. Foldout spreads reveal Arctic and Antarctic animals with cold-weather adaptations for finding food and shelter, navigating in deep snow, building homes, etc. A personal author’s note and a child-friendly book list are included.
Subjects: Natural History; Animal behavior; Animal defenses; Animals—Arctic animals; Arctic regions; Animals—Polar animals; Antarctica; Polar regions

Cherrix, Amy  Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code
Gr. 4–6, middle school  
   76 pp.     Houghton

Scientists in the Field series. Cherrix introduces and personalizes the work of scientists on Wallops Island, Virginia, trying to understand and forecast a storm’s intensity to offer maximum time for residents to evacuate. The text provides clear and informative background; biographical information on a variety of scientists, ranging from meteorologists to aeronautical engineers, creates a number of entry points for potential readers. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Earth Science; Weather; Virginia; Islands and island life; NASA; Scientists; Earth science—Meteorology; Natural disasters—Hurricanes; Drone aircraft

Kenah, Katharine  Flood Warning
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     HarperCollins/Harper

Illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford. Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Kenah introduces the causes of flooding, categories of flooding, safety precautions, and the ways flooding can be beneficial to agriculture. To explain the scientific concepts, she uses bolded keywords to anchor short, simple definitions. Additional interesting facts are included in sidebars. Schimler-Safford’s illustrations use warm, cheery tones and portray people calmly and safely avoiding harm. The book concludes with two activities. Websites. Glos.
Subjects: Earth Science; Natural disasters—Floods; Weather

Kostigen, Thomas M.  Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!
Gr. 4–6     112 pp.     National Geographic

This book focuses on severe weather-related events and their aftermaths. A wide range of topics is discussed, including heat/cold waves, snow/ice storms, downpours, hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, and wildfires. Numerous sidebars feature expert tips, little-known facts, “nature’s signals,” and gadgets to use to avoid and survive possible disasters. Layered photographs and text over busy backgrounds contribute to a somewhat cluttered format. Ind.
Subjects: Earth Science; Earth science—Meteorology; Survival; Weather; Natural disasters

Miller, Ron  Chasing the Storm: Tornadoes, Meteorology, and Weather Watching
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Twenty-First Century

Storm-chasers-in-training, or those who want to live vicariously through them, will enjoy this overview. Information about meteorology, tornado formation, and the havoc wreaked by specific storms is provided in sometimes confusing text. Quotes from storm chasers appear throughout; many photographs, sidebars, and diagrams help break up the text but crowd the pages. A “Creating Your Own Weather Station” project is appended. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Earth Science; Weather—Storms; Natural disasters—Tornadoes; Earth science—Meteorology

From the October 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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