I loved storms as a kid -- I still do. This book offers the strength to love them -- and the calm that comes afterward. Recommended by Mary— From Books We Love for Little Ones
A tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane are met, in turn, with resilience and awe in this depiction of nature's power and our own.
In the face of our shifting climate, young children everywhere are finding themselves subject to unfamiliar and often frightening extreme weather. Beloved author Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple address four distinct weather emergencies (a tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane) with warm family stories of finding the joy in preparedness and resilience. Their honest reassurance leaves readers with the message: nature is powerful, but you are powerful, too. Illustrated in rich environmental tones and featuring additional information about storms in the back, this book educates, comforts, and empowers young readers in stormy or sunny weather, and all the weather in between.
About the Author
Jane Yolen has just published her 380th book! A good portion of her oeuvre focuses on nature, such as the Caldecott winner OWL MOON (in its 80th printing), a series of picture books on birds with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the highly acclaimed picture book You Nest Here with Me, and National Geographic's Fly with Me. Her books have won many nature awards including The Green Earth Award, the John Burroughs Award, and the National Outdoor Book Award. She is also the author of the How Do Dinos picture book series, which has collectively sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Jane lives in Hatfield, Massachussetts, next door to her adult daughter, Heidi.
Heidi E.Y. Stemple is a second-generation writer. She spends as much time teaching and talking with kids as she does writing. She has published 28 books, mostly for children, and many of them co-written with her mother, Jane Yolen. Her newest solo book, Counting Birds (Quarto), made the NSTA Outstanding Science and the Best STEM lists, won the John Burroughs Riverby Award, and was named a Green Earth Book Award honoree. Heidi lives in Hatfield, Massachussetts, next door to her mother, Jane.
Kevin & Kristen Howdeshell of The Brave Union are a husband-and-wife team based in Kansas City and have been collaborating for 10 years. Most of their work has been in narrative animation / animated sequences. Now with three kids of their own, the tradition of the bedtime story has become a pillar of their nightly routine. As a result, their focus has shifted on creating art geared for the family.
"Child-centered, reassuring, and welcome." -- Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)
I Am the Storm named a Bank Street Books BEST BOOK OF 2021