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46 Refreshing Kids Books About Rain

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

"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.

Top 10 Rain Books

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.

Singing in the Rain book
#2
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.

Cloudette book
#3
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.

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 Rain Stomper book
#5
The Rain Stomper
Written by Addie Boswell and illustrated by Eric Velasquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

Float book
#6
Float
Written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

"Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain"--

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day book
#7
Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin and illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.

When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do. Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale is sure to enchant both listener and reader.

The Storm Dragon book
#8
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…

Rain! book
#9
Rain!
Written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Christian Robinson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

The Rain Came Down book
#10
The Rain Came Down
Written and illustrated by David Shannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Books About Weather & Rain

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.

The Storm Dragon book
#3
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…

Honorable Mentions
  1. Rain! - Good attitudecanchase away the blues at any age!Now in aboard book format for more rainy day reading. "

  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. 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. 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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