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Oct. 20, 2020

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Check It Out: Inspire brainstorm with rain books

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Looking out the window as I’m writing this column, it is depressingly smoky outside. Again. A promise of rain teases us as it wings its way in and out of the forecast. So, that’s it. I’m going to recommend books about rain because I don’t know how to do a rain dance, and this seems like the next best way to entice Mother Nature to fill our skies with much-needed moisture.

The best books about rain, in my opinion, are written for kids, so that’s why this week’s reading list is intended for a younger audience. But I always say that kids’ books can delight all ages, which is why I hope that readers who are young at heart will find a reason to check out a title or two … or more! After all, if it hasn’t rained yet by the time you read today’s “Check It Out,” these books just might inspire an imaginary rainstorm with the added bonus of not needing an umbrella or a pair of galoshes.

“25 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day” by Paul Mason.

I’m going to hazard a guess that if we’re kept inside due to smoky conditions, these rainy day activities will still be fun.

“Come on Rain” by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J. Muth.

When it’s hot outside, a summer rainstorm can cleanse and refresh the landscape. Read this sweet story about a young girl waiting for the rain to cool off a heat-filled day.

“The Lion King Idea Lab” by Shaina Olmanson.

Here’s another book designed to keep little hands busy, come rain or smoke. This one even includes a “Rain in a Jar” activity which at this moment in time sounds perfectly rain-tastic.

“Mowgli’s Rainy Day” by Brittany Rubiano, illustrated by Helen Chen.

I love the Disney film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” especially Bagheera, the black panther, and Baloo, the bear. Imagine my delight when I discovered this picture book with my favorite “Jungle Book” characters, and it’s a story about rain. Win, win!

“Peep and Ducky Rainy Day” by David Martin, illustrated by David Walker.

What do Peep and Ducky have in common? They find lots of things to do during a rainy day. Your little chicks will enjoy reading about Peep’s and Ducky’s adventures in and out of the rain.

“Rain” written and illustrated by Anders Holmer.

A haiku collection that celebrates rain and the natural world. Lovely.

“The Rhythm of the Rain” written and illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith.

Little ones will learn about the importance of rain and the water cycle in this charming picture book.

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