Books to Help Our Kids Understand Oklahoma

In light of the tragedy in Oklahoma, we asked our Zoobean curators, who also happen to be parents, what books they would recommend to talk about natural disasters and loss with children.  We hope that this list helps in some small way. Our hearts are with families in Oklahoma today.


Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert

A wordless book, Thunderstorm follows the course of a storm through midwestern farm country minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, from late morning into late afternoon. While not a tornado, per se, this does give a sense for the havoc a major storm can wreak.


A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson and illustrated by Shadra Strickland

This is a beautiful book, told from four children’s perspectives, about Hurricane Katrina.  It explores how friendships between children can be disrupted after disaster, and ultimately how kids still find solace through one another after the storm.

We also found this post by TechSavvyMama incredibly helpful for talking to kids about Oklahoma and natural disasters generally.  And this post from the Baby Center is useful for understanding how to help.

Please do share with us about books you are reading, or what you are doing to help talk about and comfort your kids around the events in Oklahoma.  


Tornadoes by Seymour Simon

This is a book that is more informative, explaining what tornadoes are and how they are formed.  The photographs and writing style give a clear understanding of this natural phenomenon.  

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson

This book is helpful for talking about loss and remaining connected to those no longer with us.  “People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love.” 

Hope is an Open Heart  by Lauren Thompson

An inspiring book about finding comfort and hope - with pictures from around the world.  

We also found this post by TechSavvyMama about to be incredibly helpful for talking to kids about Oklahoma and natural disasters generally.