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More Resources on Drought and the Dust Bowl for Kids


I updated the Weather Unit page with the books and resources we used in talking more about drought as well as what we added to discuss the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.  There are a few resources we’ve used along the way that don’t always make it on to the page or that I may check out from the library to place on the book shelves at home.  To that end, here are some of the resources we’ve found helpful:

  • The National Drought Mitigation Center’s Drought for Kids pages (h/t to Linda @ Each Little World)
  • Droughts” by Louise Park
  • The Dust Bowl” by Therese DeAngelis and Gina DeAngelis
  • The Dust Bowl Through the Lens” by Martin W. Sandler – The photography in this one is poignant.  The author uses a two page spread to convey the facts about the Dust Bowl.  This is not a book that we sat and read together, but one that I checked out with the intention of my son looking through it on his own.  It has the right mix of interesting pictures to draw him in.  This is one of those things I think he could spend part of an afternoon looking over on his own.
  • Dust for Dinner” by Ann Turner –  This one is an easy reader.  It was much too simple for my son, but still a nice little story.  We checked it out from the library and my son read it to us on the way home.
  • The Journal of C. J. Jackson:  A Dust Bowl Migrant” by William Durbin – This one is unfortunately out of print.  It’s part of the A Dear America/My Name is America series and takes the journal/diary format.  I’m planning on using it for our next read aloud when our current one is over.  It tells the story of the Dust Bowl through the eyes of a young boy.  We picked this one up from the library (and it looks like someone’s dog ate it), but there are a number of inexpensive used copies available on Amazon.
  • Out of the Dust” by Karen Hesse – Newbery Medal winner tells the story of the Dust Bowl through first-person poetry.  This would be a fantastic for those families who use Poetry Teatimes in their homeschooling routines.

2 thoughts on “More Resources on Drought and the Dust Bowl for Kids

  1. I remember learning about the dust bowl when I was in school. How interesting that you are studying it now. Especially with the weather we are having this summer.

    • I like to try and take advantage of where I can connect things with our lives even when there isn’t a direct one to one correlation. The kids and I have enjoyed the discussion so far. The pictures really are pretty stunning.