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“Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day!” This nursery rhyme encompasses how we’ve all felt about rain at one time or another. Some people love it, and some people hate it, but I think most people would agree that they’ve had at least a few great memories playing in the rain.

Whether it’s rainy or not, these top children’s books about rain are one’s your kids will be sure to pull off the shelves to read again and again.

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Top 10 Books About Rain

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Come On, Rain
Written by Karen Hesse & illustrated by Jon J Muth
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat.

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Cloudette
Written & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you’re a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble? This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your size. Young children will find much to relate to in Cloudette as they follow her on her pursuit for greatness.

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Singing in the Rain
Written by & illustrated by Tim Hopgood
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, Oh, what a glorious feeling! Spring calls in this classic Broadway number, brought to life in a beautiful picture book—perfect for sharing! Jump in puddles, raise umbrellas, and dance with joy through the pages of this visual story. With colorful, springy scenes and the familiar lyrics, this is a beautiful, gift-worthy, feel-good read-aloud.

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Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming & illustrated by Diana Sudyka
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrate the four seasons of the year and all of the fun that comes with them with this lyrical, rhyming picture book from the author of I Heart You. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! This lyrical exploration of the four seasons and all of the wonder that they bring is illustrated with vibrant watercolors.

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Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin & illustrated by David Walker
Thoughts from The Goodfather
This is a fun story of friendship on a rainy day. The rhyming is well done, and the text and storyline capture the charm and simple pleasure of enjoying a rainy day.
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

What has more play potential than a rainy day? Peep and Ducky return in a splashy story that begs to be read aloud.

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The Storm Dragon
Written by Paula Harrison & illustrated by Sophy Williams
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

A group of friends set out to save magical creatures from a cruel queen and her wicked soldiers in the first book in the brand-new Secret Rescuers chapter book series.

When Sophy finds a little lost dragon named Cloudy, she knows he’s in danger. It will take all the courage she can muster—and a little bit of magic—to keep the baby dragon safe. But what if there are other creatures in danger? It looks like Sophy’s going to need some friends to help her with her secret rescues…

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Float
Written & illustrated by Daniel Miyares
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain”–

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The Rain Stomper
Written by Addie Boswell & illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
A book with a lot of rhythm. BOOM, splatter, BANG, clap! A short story about a girl who's big plans for a parade get rained out.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin–a baton twirler–stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away.

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Rain!
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Christian Robinson
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good attitudecanchase away the blues at any age!Now in aboard book format for more rainy day reading. “

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Raindrop, Plop!
Written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison & illustrated by Pam Paparone
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A young girl and her dog find many things to count on a rainy day, both as they play outside and after they come home to a warm, dry house.

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Books About Rain and Feelings And Emotions

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Singing in the Rain
Written by & illustrated by Tim Hopgood
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, Oh, what a glorious feeling! Spring calls in this classic Broadway number, brought to life in a beautiful picture book—perfect for sharing! Jump in puddles, raise umbrellas, and dance with joy through the pages of this visual story. With colorful, springy scenes and the familiar lyrics, this is a beautiful, gift-worthy, feel-good read-aloud.

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The Rain Stomper
Written by Addie Boswell & illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
A book with a lot of rhythm. BOOM, splatter, BANG, clap! A short story about a girl who's big plans for a parade get rained out.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin–a baton twirler–stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away.

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Rain!
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Christian Robinson
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

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  1. Because of Winn-Dixie - One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis.

  2. The Rain Came Down - Once upon a sunny day, the sky clouded over and the rain came down. The chickens squawked, the dog barked, the baby cried, the traffic snarled, the groceries fell, the people bickered and still, the rain came down.

  3. Sunny - Most people would say there is nothing good about trudging to school on a rainy day. Most people would say that being carried away by the wind and dropped into the middle of a tumultuous sea is a very bad sort of situation. No, most people wouldn’t like that at all. But Sunny isn’t most people. Sunny likes to look on the bright side. And when things get exceedingly bleak? Well, isn’t that what friends are for? From debut author/artist Celia Krampien comes an unforgettable, transcendent story about the true power of optimism.

  4. Soaked! - A Hula-Hooping moose, a badger with a bumblebee umbrella, a rabbit in a cashmere sweater, and a very wet bear star in this unpredictable and laugh-out-loud picture book in which having fun gets the best of a grumpy bear. It looks like a wet and dreary day for Bear and his trio of friends. How could he possibly have fun when he is soaked? But Badger, Rabbit, and Moose don’t seem to mind. In fact, Moose can still hula hoop! And it looks like so much fun. Might Bear like to try? Here is a story that shows that fun is not dependent on sunshine and blue skies. In fact, it might be more fun to be soaked!

Books About Rain and Science And Nature

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Come On, Rain
Written by Karen Hesse & illustrated by Jon J Muth
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

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On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
Written & illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A compelling, magical picture book with whimsical, stunning art and heartfelt, charming text, from award-winning illustrator Beatrice Alemagna. “Hands down, Beatrice Alemagna is my favorite contemporary illustrator,” said the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, Christian Robinson. All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it’s a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun! On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong about that… While reading On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, one gets the sense that the illustrator became lost in her drawings, and as a reader, you will want to do the same. Perfect for fans of picture books by Julie Morstad, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, and Tomi Ungerer. From the creator of The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy and A Lion in Paris!

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Split! Splat!
Written by Amy Gibson & illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a little girl ventures out into a spring rain with her dog, singing a simple, plain, pitter-patter rain song, her neighbors soon join her for some muddy-day fun.

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  1. The Little Raindrop - Originally published in the United Kingdom by Top That! Publishing, 2013.

  2. Pitter Pattern - Patterns are everywhere! How many can you find? This gorgeously illustrated book from Joyce Hesselberth, the creator of the acclaimed Mapping Sam, expertly introduces readers to basic patterns in nature, music, sports, art, language, and math. Pitter Pattern is an exceptional mix of fiction and nonfiction perfect for home as well as classroom sharing. Pitter, pitter, pat! Pitter, pitter, pat! Hey, it’s a pitter, pitter, pattern! Lu and her friends love spotting patterns in their daily activities. Lu learns that patterns can be found at soccer practice, during her piano lessons, in dance class, at snack time, and even at the park! How many patterns can you spot as Lu goes about her week? Patterns are an important building block of preschool and early elementary education, and Pitter Pattern includes examples of patterns found in music, weather, time, play, shapes, nature, math, and language. The accessible and playful illustrations feature additional patterns for engaged readers to discover. An expert blend of fiction and nonfiction, this beautiful and innovative character-driven picture book is an ideal read-aloud for classrooms, family story times, and for fans of Hervé Tullet, Lois Ehlert, Steve Jenkins, and Joyce Sidman. Includes backmatter about the patterns in the book.

  3. The Rhythm of the Rain - Issac plays in his favorite pool on the mountainside. As rain starts to fall, he empties his little jar of water into the pool and races the sparkling streams as they tumble over waterfalls, rush through swollen rivers, and burst out into the vast open sea. Where will my little jar of water go now? Issac wonders. From the tiniest raindrop to the deepest ocean, this breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty

  4. It's Raining, It's Pouring - Sophie Mouse and her furry friends prepare for a big storm that’s headed right for Silverlake Forest in this tenth charming book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series! <p/>Sophie Mouse has been preparing for the first-ever Silverlake Forest Spring Fling for weeks. She has come up with activities, like a Lily Pad Dance, she’s thought of games to play, and she’s created all sorts of fun hats, masks, and other costumes for her friends to wear. But the day of the Spring Fling is approaching, and Sophie’s twitching whiskers are telling her that the rain is too! Sure enough, it rains and it pours. Will Sophie figure out a way to save the day or will all her hard work go to down the drain? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Books About Rain and Imagination And Play

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Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin & illustrated by David Walker
Thoughts from The Goodfather
This is a fun story of friendship on a rainy day. The rhyming is well done, and the text and storyline capture the charm and simple pleasure of enjoying a rainy day.
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

What has more play potential than a rainy day? Peep and Ducky return in a splashy story that begs to be read aloud.

When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do. Inside, there is a tent to build and a pillow fight to be had. And outside, with the help of galoshes and umbrella, it’s fun to captain a boat—until a whoosh of wind and a clap of thunder sends them running back in! Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale will enchant both listener and reader.

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Float
Written & illustrated by Daniel Miyares
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain”–

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This Beautiful Day
Written by Richard Jackson & illustrated by Suzy Lee
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Undaunted by the rainy weather, three children take their happiness outside and seem to chase the clouds away as they jump, skip, and dance together.

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  1. Worm Weather - Drip,drop, skip and hop. Splish, splash, sidewalk dash! It’s worm weather! Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.

  2. After the Rain - Drip, Drop, Plink. The rain stops, and Levi runs outside to play in a stream of rain water. But Polly puts an end to his fun when she doesn’t want to share. It’s a puddle fight! Until they see that the water is disappearing fast. Truce! They find a way to save the water and discover that it is more fun to play together. After the Rain puts a new twist on the rainy-day picture book about sharing and learning to work together.

  3. Are You Ready to Play Outside? - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

  4. Anywhere Artist - Anyone can make art anywhere, anytime, with anything! Follow a young artist as she moves through a number of natural environments, creating gorgeous artworks along the way from natural materials. Stunning hand-crafted illustrations with handlettered text. An ideal springboard for your own creations!

Books About Rain and Friendship

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The Storm Dragon
Written by Paula Harrison & illustrated by Sophy Williams
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

A group of friends set out to save magical creatures from a cruel queen and her wicked soldiers in the first book in the brand-new Secret Rescuers chapter book series.

When Sophy finds a little lost dragon named Cloudy, she knows he’s in danger. It will take all the courage she can muster—and a little bit of magic—to keep the baby dragon safe. But what if there are other creatures in danger? It looks like Sophy’s going to need some friends to help her with her secret rescues…

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Tap Tap Boom Boom
Written by Elizabeth Bluemle & illustrated by G. Brian Karas
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

As a thunderstorm sweeps into the city, the people of the neighborhood rush into the subway to wait out the wind and weather.

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Splish, Splash, Ducky!
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Oh, goody, hooray! It’s raining today.

When I’m feeling happy. I say quack, quack, quack.

Ducky Duckling has so much fun in the rain! Readers will be happy to splish, splash, and paddle along with on Ducky’s adventures with a frog and a worm, a bug and a slug, some swans and some fish. But what happens when the rain stops and Ducky feels sad? Can Dad save the day and bring sunshine back into those “quack, quack, quacks”?

Revel in the rain with a little duckling and friends in a bright adventure from the creator of Maisy that kids will find just ducky.

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  1. The Witch's Curse - It’s up to Lucas and Clara to reverse a curse on the kingdom in this fourth chapter book in the fantastical Kingdom of Wrenly series. Someone has cursed the Kingdom of Wrenly, making it rain nonstop for six whole days! The fields are in danger of flooding, which will ruin all the crops. Can Lucas and Clara figure out who’s behind the evil spell and stop the villain before it’s too late? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  2. Weather or Not - The Upside-Down Magic kids are back in another topsy-turvy adventure in the next installment of this New York Times bestselling series, now a Disney Channel Original Movie!

  3. It's Raining Bats and Frogs! - A rainstorm gets out of hand and it's up to the Junior Monster Scouts to save The Village from washing away in the hilarious third chapter book of the Junior Monster Scouts series!

  4. Rain! - One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, "Rain!" Across town a grumpy man grumbles, "Rain." In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles--"Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!"--while the old man curses the "dang puddles." Can the boy's natural exuberance (and perhaps a cookie) cheer up the grouchy gentleman and turn the day around?

Books About Rain and Animals

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Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?
Written by Harriet Ziefert & illustrated by Brigette Barrager
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

“A little girl steps out into her rainy yard in search of her missing kitten. She discovers a series of charming garden denizens on the way to finding Kitty. After celebrating the glories of a rainy day, the book ends with a heartwarming reunion between girl and cat”–

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Where Do They Go When It Rains?
Written by Gerda Muller
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Stef takes the twins out for a walk to the pond. On their way they pass through fields full of flowers, grasshoppers and bees. They stop at a farm, where they feed the hens, pigs and ponies. But when they reach the pond, the clouds turn grey and it starts to rain. The twins love splashing about in the rain. But where do all the animals go when it rains?

A wonderfully detailed picture book, with a variety of animals to spot, which will be enjoyed time and time again.

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The Napping House
Written by Audrey Wood & illustrated by Don Wood
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing–WAIT! There’s a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that’s truly like no other. Don and Audrey Wood’s beloved picture book has sold more than one and a half million copies. To celebrate its birthday, the original hardcover book now has a fresh new design for both the jacket and interior, and the reproduction of the illustrations has been enhanced to better match the original artwork. Bonus downloadable audio begins with a reading of the story and follows with six original songs that are just as fun, jaunty, and sweet as the book itself. The music, originally produced in 1989, is based on the book and was written and performed by children’s musicians Carl and Jennifer Shaylen.

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  1. Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True - Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn! The Land of Unicorns is in trouble – it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing. Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there! Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to revive this world glowing with possibility and hope that is the stuff of childhood fantasies.

  2. Itzy Bitzy House - A whimsically humorous story told in verse is complemented with funny, full-color illustrations on every page of this entertaining picture storybook. A poor little mouse stands out in the rain, wishing he could find shelter in the “itzy bitzy house down a twisty lane.” While he’s feeling sorry for himself, along comes furry-purry pussycat, so the mouse must run and hide. Next comes a dog who frightens the cat. . . then a goat who frightens the dog. But at last there appears a “wrinkly crinkly man with twinkly winkly eyes.” He’s the fellow who lives in the itzy bitzy house–and he has a pleasant surprise for all the frightened, rain-soaked animals!

  3. Badger's Perfect Garden - Badger is ready to plant the perfect garden. He has spent months gathering and sorting seeds. His friends come to help. After the seeds are planted, everyone celebrates. But then a rainstorm comes and washes away all of their hard work. Is the garden ruined?

  4. Rain - When rain comes to the parched African savanna, the animals use all their senses to track the storm. The porcupine smells rain in the air. The zebras see lightning. The baboons hear thunder. The rhino feels the first drops. And the lion tastes the cool water. For a time, the grasslands abound with new green leaves, juicy fruits, and fresh pools of water. But soon the hot sun dries out the land, and the animals must again wait for the next big rain. Manya Stojic’s picture book debut is as satisfying and refreshing as the rain she describes. With paintings that are exuberant and saturated with color and a simple text that rolls off the tongue with pleasure and ease, here is a book parents and teachers will enjoy sharing again and again.

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9 books that are just too good to leave off of our rain list.
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  1. The Big Umbrella - A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.

  2. Peter Spier's Rain - This wordless picture book captures the beauty and wonder of a brother and sister’s joyous experiences in the rain. Come along as they explore their neighborhood, splash through puddles, see where the animals hide, and make footprints in the mud. From the first small drops of rain to the clear blue sky of a bright new morning, Peter Spier’s Rain will delight parents and children again and again.

  3. Outstanding in the Rain - Step right up! Step right up to the amusing amusement park! It’s a whole story, and the pages have holes!Watch the holes transform pictures!Turn an umbrella into a cake and balloons into ice cream!See the holes transform words!Turn an ice man into a nice man and see fork handles turn into four candles!Outstanding in the Rain will turn any gray day into one that is Grade A! From the creator of New York Times Best-Illustrated book Along a Long Road and A Long Way Away, picture book master Frank Viva does it again, this time with astounding die-cuts that transform both words and pictures in delightful ways, while telling the story of a young boy spending his birthday at Coney Island, in search of his heart’s desire.

  4. Lila and the Secret of Rain - With the sun baking their Kenyan village for months and no rain sight, Lila learns the trick for making the rains come from her wise grandfather and so heads out to confront the sky in the hopes of saving everyone and everything in the land she loves.

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  1. Watersong - “A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia”–

  2. Rain, Rain, Go Away - B is for Bookworm -

    This board book has cute illustrations and talks about how little ones can have fun, no matter the weather! When I first started reading, I thought the text was just going to be the lyrics to the song, but it was a little different. The text/story didn't flow as much as I'd hoped it would, but still a fun read.

  3. A Bucket of Blessings - A beautiful myth from India comes to life in this enchanting, New York Times bestselling picture book. Near a majestic mountain in a vast jungle with many mango trees, it has not rained for weeks and weeks. The village well and pond are dry. Monkey and his friends look everywhere for water, but they have no luck. And then Monkey remembers a story his mama used to tell him, a story about how peacocks can make it rain by dancing. So he sets out to see if the story is true… This little-known legend, told with dramatic rhythm and illustrated with the colors and textures of India, is sure to delight and inspire.

  4. Rain Feet - A very young boy in a yellow slicker enjoys playing in the rain. “More evocative in [its] use of language than many other board books….Mitchell’s softly rendered watercolors…bring a loving family into clear focus.” - Publishers Weekly

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  1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - The beloved, bestselling tale of edible weather is brought to life! If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn’t it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you’d have no choice. What if you didn’t like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?

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