We are stuck in a seemingly-endless pattern of rainy days here in Nashville. Here’s hoping we get some spring sunshine soon!
These are some of our very favorite books featuring wet weather….
Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss – “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house / All that cold, cold wet day.” The classic rainy day book by Dr. Seuss is great for preschoolers and early readers.
Raindrop Plop by Wendy Cheyette Lewison – We received this book through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. It quickly became a family favorite. It is a very cozy counting book. Great for preschoolers.
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna – This may be the very best rainy day book ever. It’s about a girl who is stuck inside on a rainy day and the only thing she can think of to do is play a video game. Her mom takes the game away and sends her outside to play. As she explores the wet world outside she begins to notice all the beauty around her. Good for any ages – but would appeal especially to elementary aged kids.
Peter Spier’s Rain – I hate to put this one on the list since it is out of print – and expensive to buy a used copy on Amazon – but it is such a beautiful wordless picture book about a brother and sister’s backyard adventures on a rainy day. One of my very favorites.
Rain! – A grumpy old man and excited little boy have very different reactions to a rainy day. Great for preschoolers. Illustrations are by the wonderful Christian Robinson (When’s My Birthday, School’s First Day of School, Carmela Full of Wishes, Last Stop on Market Street)
Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey – A longer read from wordy McCloskey but very beautiful. His books always make me want to move to a rustic, little cottage in Maine. A hurricane strikes in the middle of this book, making it a VERY rainy day book.
This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson – A great picture book about three kids having fun on a rainy day. The illustrations by Suzy Lee (author of Wave – another family favorite!) are beautiful and turn from dark to bright as the storm clears.