Stories for a Rainy Day

Crescent Dragonwagon

Describes how different people react to days of rain and days of hot sun.

Suggested for ages 3 and up

Hisako Madokoro

Buster the puppy ignores his mother's instructions and goes outside for an adventure in the rain. JE Fic Mad

Suggested for ages 3 - 5

Amy Hest

Baby complains that she hates the rain, until Grandpa finds the red umbrella with matching boots that cheered up Baby's mother when SHE was a baby. JE Fic Hes

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

Bill Martin Jr.

escribes the changing sounds of the rain, the slow soft sprinkle, the drip-drop tinkle, the sounding pounding roaring rain, and the fresh wet silent after-time of rain.

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

Eric Carle

A little cloud becomes all sorts of things--sheep, an airplane, trees, a hat--before joining other clouds and raining.

Suggested for ages 3 - 5

Peter Spier

Two children see their backyard in a new light during a rainstorm.

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

Robert Kalan

See the colors and shapes rain takes during a storm.

Suggested for ages 1 - 5

Manya Stojic

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

Suggested for ages 4 - 7

Jane Kurtz

When she awakens to a gray day, a little girl is in a grouchy mood until she and her parents find a way to make it better.

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

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.

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

Dr. Seuss

Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

Suggested for ages 5 - 8

David McPhail

A puddle and a few imaginary friends create a rainy-day adventure for a little boy.

Suggested for ages 3 - 5

David Shannon

An unexpected rain shower causes quarreling among the members of a small community.

Suggested for ages 5 - 8

Anna Grossnickle Hines

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

Suggested for ages 1 - 5