Great Gusts: Winds of the World and the Science Behind Them

Illustrator: Khoa Le

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: MIT Kids Press

Age 5+

Science & Technology: General Interest

Meet the winds of the world in this beautifully illustrated collection of poems from MIT Kids Press.
Journey across the world and discover the many different winds in this enchanting poetic picture book. Meet Italy's swaggering Maestro who sweeps along the coast on hot summer days; join the penguins in Antarctica as the icy Katabatic blusters and blows; and hear the resounding BOOM and CLASH of the Sumatra Squall. Each spread includes scientific information on how each wind is formed, where it blows and the weather systems it heralds. With charming illustrations by an award-winning artist, this is a fascinating picture book to inspire wonder.


Melanie Crowder is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers. She has been awarded the Jefferson Cup, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite and the Bulletin Blue Ribbon. She lives with her family under the big blue Colorado sky, USA.
Megan Benedict is a typewriter poet and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has been published in Bravery Magazine. She lives with her family in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, USA.
Khao Le is an illustrator, author and painter based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including Illustrated Stories of Dragons and Adventure Stories for Daring Girls. Her work can be described as whimsical, dreamy and with a bit of fantasy. She is the winner of the Grand Prize Samsung KidsTime Authors Award 2015 (Singapore) and the second runner up of the Scholastic Picture Book Award 2017 (Singapore). Khoa also cleans up beaches regularly when she travels. She joins in activities to preserve her country’s home and ocean.

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