Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Tornadoes

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A cartoon-style drawing of a white and grey tornado. Last year I used one of the spring themes to talk about thunderstorms in books. Spring is thunderstorm season in Ontario, and it is also tornado season!  This means that as much as I enjoy watching thunderstorms roll in on warm spring days, I am also always aware that some storms can create tornadoes.

That is to say, I always stay close to shelter on those days and regularly check for breaking news. Tornadoes are nothing to mess around with!

They can be fun and educational to read about, though, so here are some books featuring them.

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) by L. Frank Baum

2. Elephant Wind: A Tornado Safety Book by Heather L. Beal

3. Watches and Warnings by Ryan Wolf

4. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

5. Twister: The Original Screenplay by Michael Crichton

6. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

7. Twister by Darleen Bailey Beard

8. The Mystery in Tornado Alley (Nancy Drew, #155) by Carolyn Keene

9.The Secret of the Invisible City by Dale Carlson

10. The Rainbow Tornado by Ian More







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60 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Tornadoes

  1. Excellent idea for a list. There’s a wonderful kids’ book by Betsy Byars, I think, that is called simply Tornado, and it’s great.

  2. I’ve been meaning to try actually reading the Oz books for ages now, but never get around to them. I love the films though.

  3. Well, I now have my fingers crossed the only tornadoes you encounter are the ones in books!

  4. I didn’t realize there were so many books about tornados! Very cool list:-)

  5. Love your take on this topic! So many books about tornados! They look terrifying on TV, I can only imagine that they’re not to be taken lightly IRL.

  6. Where the Heart Is was such a sweet/quirky story.

  7. If there’s going to be bad weather like this, it is always good to be aware, but for a spring-themed book list, this is a fun topic. 🙂 I don’t know that I could have thought of enough titles to fit a list like this. Wizard of Oz is a great fit! Thanks so much for visiting my website today.

  8. I am amazed you knew 10 books with tornadoes! I’m having a hard time coming up with one I’ve read.

  9. Interesting um… twist? on the topic. Nice list, I haven’t heard of most of these books either.

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  10. Tornadoes sound so scary to me! I’m glad you’re staying safe and keeping yourself aware of any possible ones! I also have The Scent of Rain and Lighting on my list, and I’m definitely curious to read more books about tornadoes.

  11. Great list! I only recently saw the movie Twister, but I hadn’t realized it was a Crichton screenplay. And I really want to read more of the Oz books. I don’t remember if I read any of the rest of the series beyond book one when I was a kid.

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    • Honestly, I didn’t realize that either when I watched it. So you are not alone. 🙂

      I read the second Oz book. It was good but very different from the first one. Hope you like it.

  12. Excellent “twist” on the topic! (Sorry terrible pun)

  13. Great take on the topic! I’ve never seen a tornado IRL, and hopefully I never do because they indeed don’t sound like something to mess around with!

  14. I love your twist on this week’s theme. I forgot there was a tornado in Where the Heart Is.
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  15. Joanne

    What a great idea Lydia. I think I’d only have come up with The Wizard of Oz!

  16. Athena @ OneReadingNurse

    Twister was a crazy movie – I didn’t know it was a book too! Thanks for checking out my post!

  17. That’s a lot of books about tornadoes! The last one is very cute!

  18. I wish this wasn’t such a perfect topic for today!

  19. This was a great idea! Very fitting bc we are under a tornado watch right now.

  20. I almost did a tornado theme this week as well! We were in a tornado watch here last night, so they were on the brain. Some great choices here, and I love seeing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz right at the top.

  21. Tornadoes sound terrifying! I enjoy reading about them, but I definitely would not want to encounter one IRL. Stay safe, Lydia.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


    • I commented on your post right before finding this comment in my spam folder

      Yes, tornadoes are terrifying, indeed. I hope you never see one.

      Happy TTT!

  22. I’ve never lived in a place with a tornado season, but it has to been nerve wracking experience. Stay safe this season!

  23. I like to reread The Wizard of Oz or watch the movie when there are storms in my city

  24. What a great topic! I’ve only read about tornadoes in one book (The Wizard of Oz), but I’ve always been so intrigued and terrified by them. Probably because we don’t get many of them where I live, although I’m very familiar with thunderstorms and hurricanes. This is such a cool list, and now you’re going to send my down a tornado rabbit hole, which I don’t mind at all.

  25. I would never have thought of this as a topic! Well done to you!

  26. Oh, I love this idea! Nice twist! 😅 (Pun not intended 🤣) These all sound like interesting reads.

  27. What a nice interpretation of the topic. I only read two of your books, The Wizard of Oz and Where the Heart Is. I absolutely loved the latter.

    Thank you for visiting my TTT about April Showers and Garden Flowers.

  28. vidya

    a stormy take on the theme for sure.. i have read the wizard of oz and maybe the Nancy Drew one but not sure about it for I read them ages ago.. thank you for visiting as always

  29. RS

    Great idea for the topic. This makes me realize how weirdly spooked I am about books featuring tornadoes, I guess because they’re the only kind of natural disaster we get here and it’s TOO REAL.

    (That said, despite how it put me on edge, it reminds me I did read a good YA novel a few years ago that starts in the immediate aftermath of one — Torn Away by Jennifer Brown)

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