Don’t Get Caught in the Rain — Rainy Day Stories


April brings spring showers and hopefully spring flowers so do not despair on a rainy day but instead embrace it and enjoy these books for a rain themed story time.








Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale by Verna Aardema Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale
By: Verna Aardema

A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.  Ages 4 and up

Boom! by Mary Lyn Ray Boom!
By: Mary Lyn Ray

Rosie, a little dog, is afraid of nothing except thunder and during one very bad storm, she discovers that the boy who she lives with is frightened, too.  Ages 3 and up

The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na The Thingamabob
By: Il Sung Na

An elephant finds a “thingamabob” and experiments until he discovers what to do with it.  Ages 2 and up

What Can You Do in the Rain? By Anna Grossnickle Hines What Can You Do in the Rain?
By: Anna Grossnickle Hines

The rain provides opportunities to feel it fall, hear it patter, and mix a mud pie.  Ages 2 and up

Rain by Manya Stojic Rain
By: Manya Stojic

The animals of the African savanna use their senses to predict and then enjoy the rain.  Ages 3 and up

In the Rain With Baby Duck by Amy Hest In the Rain with Baby Duck
By: Amy Hest

Although her parents love walking in the rain, Baby Duck does not–until Grandpa shares a secret with her.  Ages 3 and up

My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer My Side of the Car
By: Kate Feiffer

Sadie and her father have been planning a trip to the zoo for a long time but something always gets in the way, so when they finally start out and her father sees some raindrops, Sadie insists there is no rain on her side of the car.  Ages 4 and up

Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Lewison Raindrop, Plop
By: Wendy Lewison

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.  Ages 3 and up

Rain! by Linda Ashman Rain!
By: Linda Ashman

As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.  Ages 4 and up

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
By: Judi Barrett

Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers–until the weather takes a turn for the worse.  Ages 4 and up

The Aunts Go Marching by Maurie Manning The Aunts Go Marching 
By: Maurie Manning

Dressed in raincoats and carrying umbrellas, a platoon of aunts march through the rainy city streets led by a little girl with a drum in this cumulative rhyme.  Ages 4 and up

One Rainy Day by Valerie Gorbachev One Rainy Day
By: Valeri Gorbachev

A pig and various other animals crowd under a tree to escape the rain.  Ages 3 and up

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray Red Rubber Boot Day
By: Mary Lyn Ray

A child describes all the things there are to do on a rainy day.  Ages 2 and up

Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont Move Over, Rover!
By: Karen Beaumont

When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him. It’s raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse–until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who’s the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn’t quite so crowded after all!  Ages 3 and up


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