Best Kids Books About Rain

Our Favorite 26 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.

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 Rain Stomper book
The Rain Stomper
Written by Addie Boswell and illustrated by Eric Velasquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"--

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.”

Umbrella book
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.

Float book
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"--

Peter Spier's Rain book
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.

Worm Weather book
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.

Lila and the Secret of Rain book
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.

A Bucket of Blessings book
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.

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