Our Favorite 34 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.

Come On, Rain book
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
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
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
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
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
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 Stomper book
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.

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day book
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.

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day book
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!

Raindrop, Plop! book
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.

Tap Tap Boom Boom book
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.

The Rain Came Down book
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.

Split! Splat! book
Split! Splat!
Written by Amy Gibson and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
picture book
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.

This Beautiful Day book
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.

The Big Umbrella book
The Big Umbrella
Written by Juniper Bates, Amy June Bates and illustrated by Amy June Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.

Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? book
Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?
Written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Brigette Barrager
picture book
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"--

The Little Raindrop book
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.

Outstanding in the Rain book
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.

Rain, Rain, Go Away book
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Written and illustrated by Melissa Everett
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Thoughts from 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.

Rain, Rain, Go Away celebrates and encourages the playful spirt of children, no matter the weather! From sunshine to rain, nothing can stop the fun of a group of friends ready to play outside together!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs book
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?

It's Raining Bats & Frogs book
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?

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True book
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

When the Wind Blows book
When the Wind Blows
Written by Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrated by Jana Christy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Rain Makes Applesauce book
Rain Makes Applesauce
Written by Julian Scheer and illustrated by Marvin Bileck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Delightful and imaginative nonsense talk is enhanced by equally nonsensical drawings

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain book
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.”

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