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Don’t you love having children’s rain books to read on rainy days?
Reading is one of our favorite rainy day activities!
On a cold rainy day my kids love cuddling up to hear stories about the rain. It helps to have some hot cocoa and a warm fire going too!
Even if it’s not raining it’s fun to have a collection of rain books handy for homeschooling or bedtime stories.
Check out our favorite children’s books about the rain and rainy days below.
Rainy Day Kids Books
Rain! by Ashman, Linda – One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while the old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s natural exuberance (and perhaps a cookie) cheer up the grouchy gentleman and turn the day around?
Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood – 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.
The Little Raindrop Hardcover by Joanna Gray – From cloud to puddle, and puddle to stream, the Little Raindrop is making its way on the remarkable journey that is Earth’s water cycle. In this inviting story—illustrated with pastels for a soft, full color—readers are taught about science and nature through a character-driven narrative that leads a little raindrop on a big adventure. With an easy-to-follow plot that teaches precipitation, water flow, and evaporation, The Little Raindrop offers a sweet story full of learning and discovery.
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Are you ready to play outside? by Willems, Mo. – In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – 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.
Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer – This is a book of silly talk. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else. And yet it is an extraordinary creation, in which author and artist speak to children in a very special way. The fanciful nonsense and marvelously intricate pictures are full of sly subtleties and happy surprises for both eye and ear.
The Rain Came Down by David Shannon – 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.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett – 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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What rainy day stories do you want to read with your kids? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!