Rain: Books For Kids

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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.

Come On, Rain book
#1
Come On, Rain
Written by Karen Hesse and illustrated by Jon J Muth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Cloudette book
#2
Cloudette
Written and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
board book
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.

Singing in the Rain book
#3
Singing in the Rain
Written by and illustrated by Tim Hopgood
picture book
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.

Sometimes Rain book
#4
Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
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.

The Storm Dragon book
#5
The Storm Dragon
Written by Paula Harrison and illustrated by Sophy Williams
chapter book
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…

  1. Peep and Ducky Rainy Day - 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.

  2. The Rain Stomper - 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.

  3. Float - “Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain”—

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

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day book
#10
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
Written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna
picture book
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!

This Beautiful Day book
#11
This Beautiful Day
Written by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Suzy Lee
picture book
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.

Because of Winn-Dixie book
#12
Because of Winn-Dixie
Written and illustrated by Kate DiCamillo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

Tap Tap Boom Boom book
#13
Tap Tap Boom Boom
Written by Elizabeth Bluemle and illustrated by G Brian Karas
picture book
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.

Raindrop, Plop! book
#14
Raindrop, Plop!
Written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Pam Paparone
picture book
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.

  1. 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.

  2. The Big Umbrella - A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.

  3. Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? - “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”—

  4. Split! Splat! - 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.

The Little Raindrop book
#19
The Little Raindrop
Written by Joanna Gray and illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Originally published in the United Kingdom by Top That! Publishing, 2013.

Peter Spier's Rain book
#20
Peter Spier's Rain
Written and illustrated by Peter Spier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Outstanding in the Rain book
#21
Outstanding in the Rain
Written by and illustrated by Frank Viva
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Lila and the Secret of Rain book
#22
Lila and the Secret of Rain
Written by David Conway and illustrated by Jude Daly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

Watersong book
#23
Watersong
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Richard Smythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia”—

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs book
#28
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

Splish, Splash, Ducky! book
#29
Splish, Splash, Ducky!
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
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.

It's Raining Bats & Frogs book
#30
It's Raining Bats & Frogs
Written by Rebecca Colby and illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

The Rhythm of the Rain book
#31
The Rhythm of the Rain
Written and illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

The Witch's Curse book
#32
The Witch's Curse
Written by Jordan Quinn and illustrated by Robert McPhillips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

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.

  1. Puddle Hunters - When the rain stops it’s time to go puddle hunting. Ruby and Banjo and Mama go up the street, and into the park, over the bridge and down to the river flats where the puddles lie waiting. Splosh it, Ruby! Splosh it, Banjo! Splosh it, Mama! A glorious celebration of splashing and squelching all the way home.

  2. 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.

  3. When the Wind Blows - Spring weather can be exciting! When wind chimes start singing and clouds race across the sky, one little guy knows just what to do—grab his kite! But as the kite soars, the wind picks up even more, and soon he and his grandma are chasing the runaway kite into town. As they pass swirling leaves, bobbing boats, and flapping scarves, breezes become gusts and the sky darkens. Rain is on the way! Can they squeeze in one more adventure before the downpour? Scenes rich with springtime details for little eyes to follow and lyrical verse that captures the changeable mood of the weather make this perfect for spring story times.

  4. Rain Makes Applesauce - Delightful and imaginative nonsense talk is enhanced by equally nonsensical drawings

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain book
#37
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Written by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.”

Umbrella book
#38
Umbrella
Written and illustrated by Taro Yashima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Momo eagerly waits for a rainy day so she can use the red boots and umbrella she received on her third birthday.

Badger's Perfect Garden book
#39
Badger's Perfect Garden
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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?

Wuthering Heights: A BabyLit® Weather Primer (BabyLit Primers) book
#40
Wuthering Heights: A BabyLit® Weather Primer (BabyLit Primers)
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Watch Wuthering Heights endure the unpredictable weather of the Yorkshire moors in Wuthering Heights: A BabyLit Weather Primer. From sunny and breezy to windy and stormy, each page features charming illustrations by Alison Oliver and quotes from Little Miss Bronte selected by Jennifer Adams to describe the different types of weather Heathcliff and Catherine experience while strolling the grounds.

The Day It Rained Hearts book
#41
The Day It Rained Hearts
Written and illustrated by Felicia Bond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the illustrator of If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.

  1. 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!

  2. One Big Rain - Rita Gray has compiled twenty poems about precipitation, each written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg. Divided into poems written about rain within each of the four seasons, this compilation offers the reader a chance to revel in the beauty of precipitation and the poetry it inspires. The variety of poems opens the door for discussion of poetic styles, while Ryan O’Rourke’s playful yet sophisticated illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.

  3. Otto's Rainy Day - After several failed attempts to get Otto to play quietly in the house, his mother finally gives in and goes outside to play in the rain with him.

  4. May I Come In? - When thunder roars and lightning flashes, Raccoon is afraid to be alone in his home. So he hurries out to see if any of his neighbors in Thistle Hollow have room to spare for a friend in need. When Raccoon knocks on the doors of Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck, he is turned away. But then Raccoon spies a bright light in the storm. Will this next neighbor open up her house and heart to Raccoon? A tender story that reminds readers of all ages that a kind heart will always make room for one more.

The Cow Said Meow book
#46
The Cow Said Meow
Written and illustrated by John Himmelman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

No one likes getting caught out in the rain! One drizzly day on the farm, a cow overhears a cat meowing to be let into the house. When the kind old lady inside opens the door, the cow gets an idea—one that spirals out of control!

Rain book
#47
Rain
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Let’s play out in the rain! There’s a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures to discover and enjoy! In this series of richly illustrated books, Carol Thompson celebrates the immediate and sensory response of children to the natural world – whatever the weather!

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