Picture Book Highlights | Rain

By Monica C. RSS Thu, August 6, 2020

Do rainy days get you down? For some people, rain seems to spoil the day. I used to think of rainy days as gloomy and gray, but these books have changed my mind.

Rain written by Linda Ashman; illustrated by Christian Robinson

ebook available in Overdrive.

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?

Puddle by Hyewon Yum

ebook available in Overdrive.

One rainy day, a little boy is upset because he can't go out and play. His mom comes up with a way to keep him entertained—by drawing a picture of herself and him going outside, playing in the rain, and splashing in a giant puddle. They have so much fun drawing themselves that they decide to venture out and make the most of the rainy weather.

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

ebook available in Overdrive.

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean. In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.


Soaked by Abi Cushman

ebook available in Overdrive

It looks like a wet and dreary day for Bear and his trio of friends. How could he possibly have fun when he is soaked? But Badger, Rabbit, and Moose don’t seem to mind. In fact, Moose can still hula hoop! And it looks like so much fun. Might Bear like to try? Here is a story that shows that fun is not dependent on sunshine and blue skies. In fact, it might be more fun to be soaked!


This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson; illustrated by Suzy Lee

ebook available in Overdrive

Why spend a rainy day inside? 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.



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