Esme Raji Codell - Author and certified Readiologist(TM)
Stories for a Rainy Day

Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse

Like a Hundred Drums by Annette Griessman

Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg

Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz

Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer

Rain Rain Rivers by Uri Shulevitz

Rain by Manya Stojic

Rain by Peter Spier

Rainy Day Kate by Lenore Blegvad, illustrated by Erik Blegvad

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Enchanted Umbrella by Odette Myers, illustrated by Margot Zemach

The Puddle Pail by Elisa Kleven

The Puddle by David McPhail

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon

The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Jim LaMarche

Thundercake by Patricia Polacco

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Pet Rain cloud craft!
For each rain cloud, cut out two identical cloud shapes from blue construction paper. Take silver tinsel (sold at gift stores for filling baskets and bags) and Scotch tape a row of tinsel across the middle of one of the blue clouds. Glue the second blue cloud on top, to hide where you taped down the tinsel. The silver tinsel should be hanging down from the bottom of the cloud, like rain. Punch a hole on the east and west ends of the cloud, and string with rainbow-colored yarn. Now you have a "pet cloud" that can be carried around with you like a purse!

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