April Showers…

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:

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray-  A simple book about the joys of a rainy day


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.




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