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.