It’s April so it was kind of a no-brainer to do a “Rain” storytime!
I work in a small local library. This means that we don’t have a huge amount of funding for newer books, so I’ve come across some older books I’ve never heard of in my 16+ years of working around children’s books. This actually works out for me, since I don’t get bored doing the same books over and over again.
Books I found:
Here Comes the Rain by Mary Murphy- This was a short and cute book about a little kitten who hates the rain, but at the end of a hot summer day, he realizes that cool rain is refreshing.
The Rain Came Down by David Shannon- Silly book about a town falling into chaos when the rain starts to fall.
In the Rain with Baby Duck by Amy Hest- Cute story about Baby Duck who gets cranky having to walk to Grampa’s house in the rain for pancakes, until Grampa gives Baby rubber boots and a red umbrella and they go out in the rain to play together.
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems-( I love Elephant and Piggie!!) Piggie hates the rain at first, and just when she starts to like it, it stops! Good thing she has an elephant for a best friend!
The Puddle by David McPhail- A little boy plays with his boat in a puddle until a frog wants to play, and along comes other animals like an alligator! Cute imaginative story.
Other books you may want to use:
Mud by Mary Lyn Ray, Who Likes Rain by Wong Herbert Yee, Rain! by Linda Ashman
My storytime group consists of children between the ages of 2 and 3 1/2 so it can be a little complicated to find a craft simple enough for them to be able to do. I could’ve just printed a coloring sheet, but I like to keep them busy for the remainder of the time we have.
This was super simple. Just cut a paper plate in half, add the “ripple” edge and glue on a bent pipe cleaner for the handle.