Spring is here, and with it, April Showers. Whether you love splashing in puddles or enjoy staying snug and dry inside on a drizzly day, rain plays a very important role in our daily lives. Rain helps provide us with the foods we eat and the flowers that bring us joy. These rainy day titles are absolutely dripping with fun.
Good Ship Crocodile by J. Patrick Lewis
When the skies of Africa darken with rain and the river swells, a good-natured crocodile named Snout lends his broad back to many stranded animal neighbors. After he ferries soggy fireflies, dripping hedgehogs, and other creatures over dangerous waters, his good deeds are repaid in full when a shift to hot, dry weather leaves him vulnerable instead. Written by Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Monique Felix, The Good Ship Crocodile is a charming story of friendship sure to inspire readers of all ages.
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
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?
The Water Cycle by Bobbie Kalman
All life on Earth depends on the water cycle! This is a fascinating book that introduces children to this important cycle using a clear, step-by step approach. Kids will learn about how different processes, including evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and run-off, work together to move water from the ground to the air and then back down again. Full-colour diagrams and beautiful images accompany clear text to help make the water cycle come alive for kids as they learn: how plants contribute to the water cycle through transpiration; how water trapped underground for thousands of years remains part of the water cycle; the importance of water to all living things; and, ways in which people can help protect Earth’s water and keep it clean.
Hayley The Rain Fairy by Daisy Meadows
The Weather Fairies have lost their magical feathers! Rachel and Kirsty search for one in each Weather Fairies book. Read all seven books to help bring the weather back to Fairyland! Fairyland is home to the seven Weather Fairies! Along with Doodle the rooster and his magical feathers, they bring all of the weather to Fairyland. But when evil Jack Frost and his goblins steal the feathers, the weather turns wacky. It’s up to the Weather Fairies to fix it — fast! Rachel and Kirsty have only one magic feather left to find, and it belongs to Hayley the Rain Fairy. But with a flood in full flow, will they ever reach it?
Find the final feather in this book and fix the weather in Fairyland!
Rain and Life in a Nigerian Village by Catherine Chambers
Did you know that… People, plants, and animals need rain to live?
How do people live in places with little rain?
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.
When you’re finished absorbing these books, immerse yourself in this fun rainy day craft. Instructions can be found here.