Best Children's Books About Rain

23 Children's Books About Rain

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day book
#1
Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Another delightful tale of the unlikely best friends Muddle and Mo. Big raindrops are falling. Muddle likes the rain but Mo is a goat and goats do NOT like the rainy days. Will a special Muddle-cuddle save the day and get Mo to try something different? Sequel to the internationally acclaimed Muddle & Mo and Muddle & Mo’s Worm Surprise.

Rainy Day book
#2
Rainy Day
Written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

HAPPYLAND introduces three friends Bink, Clyde, and Glub-Glub in a series of delightful adventures that illustrate issues including sharing, gratitude, and worry.In "Rainy Day," Glub-Glub worries so much about getting wet that he almost misses all the fun of frolicking in the rain. There s nothing more important for little kids entering preschool than to be emotionally ready ready to separate from their parents, to mix and play with new children, to broaden their sense of the world. HAPPYLAND, from award-winning children s author Dan Yaccarino, is the board book series that gives kids, and their parents, the language they need to take these emotional steps."

Worm Weather book
#3
Worm Weather
Written by Jean Taft and illustrated by Matt Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

When the Wind Blows book
#4
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.

One Big Rain book
#5
One Big Rain
Written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Ryan O Rourke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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.

Rain book
#6
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!

Wuthering Heights book
#7
Wuthering Heights
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.

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day book
#8
Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin and illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Watersong book
#9
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"--

Blue on Blue book
#10
Blue on Blue
Written by Dianne White and illustrated by Beth Krommes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.

Splish, Splash, Ducky! book
#11
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.

Sometimes Rain book
#12
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.

My Spring Robin book
#13
My Spring Robin
Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Harlow Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrate the splendors of springtime in this delightful, updated classic from the author of Apples and Pumpkins. When spring arrives, a young girl looks everywhere for the robin who sang for her last year. She sees all the sights and sounds of the new season: a blooming crocus, a buzzing bee, a colorful magnolia tree, a brief rain shower…but where is the robin? This updated edition of a springtime favorite includes new jacket art from Lizzy Rockwell and refreshed interior art and design.

A Bucket of Blessings book
#14
A Bucket of Blessings
Written by Surishtha Sehgal, Kabir Sehgal and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Cow Said Meow book
#15
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!

Otto's Rainy Day book
#16
Otto's Rainy Day
Written by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Pamela R. Levy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

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.

Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day book
#17
Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Beloved Muddle & Mo are back! It is a day for ducks, a lovely wet rainy day. But Mo hates the rain... or does he? Muddle shows Mo that sometimes it can be fun to try something new.

Anywhere Artist book
#18
Anywhere Artist
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

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!

The Rhythm of the Rain book
#19
The Rhythm of the Rain
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

Puddle Hunters book
#20
Puddle Hunters
Written by Kirsty Murray and illustrated by Karen Blair
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

The Day It Rained Hearts book
#21
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.

May I Come In? book
#22
May I Come In?
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Jennie Poh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Badger's Pefect Garden book
#23
Badger's Pefect 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?

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