Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 3, 2014

Rain, rain

12 Picture Books About Rain, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Now that we’re finally getting some much-needed rain, here are some books to celebrate precipitation in all its puddle-jumping, leaf-dripping glory, from the city to the African savanna, indoors and out (and don’t forget that the library is a great indoor place to explore when it’s wet outside!):

Rain! by Linda Ashman (J PICBK 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.

Rain by Manya Stojic (J PICBK STOJIC)
The animals of the African savanna use their senses to predict and then enjoy the rain.

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon (J PICBK SHANNON)
An unexpected rain shower causes quarreling among the members of a small community.

Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison (J PICBK LEWISON) (not at Montclair)
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.

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray (J PICBK RAY) (not at Montclair)
A child describes all the things there are to do on a rainy day.

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle (J PICBK BLUEMLE) (not at Montclair)
An rainstorm sends everyone running to the subway, where strangers share smiles and umbrellas and take delight in the experience of a city thunderstorm.

Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee (J PICBK YEE)
As a young girl splashes in the rain, she plays a guessing game with the reader about other living things that enjoy a cloudburst.

The Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell (J PICBK BOSWELL) (not at Montclair)
When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away in what the Eric Carle Museum calls “a delightful read-aloud of onomatopoeia.”

Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman (J PICBK LEHMAN)
In this wordless picture book, a boy finds a mysterious key which leads him on an adventure one rainy day.

Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley (J 551.57 BRANLEY)
Explains how the water cycle leads to different types of weather patterns.

The Puddle by David McPhail (J PICBK McPHAIL)
A boy sets out to sail his boat in a puddle and is joined by a frog, a turtle, an alligator, a pig, and an elephant

Umbrella by Taro Yashima (J PICBK YASHIMA)
Momo can’t wait to use her new rainboots and umbrella — but every day is either too sunny or too windy and Momo has a hard time waiting for rain.


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