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April Showers Bring...

...books about rain!

It's April! A month of growth and rejuvenation. In order for our seedlings to grow in our gardens, we need water. In order for our bodies to restore and revive after winter's slumber, we need water. April showers bring us life renewed. Read a few of our favorite books talking all about rainy weather & all the fun it brings. Stay tuned because April showers bring May...

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board books For a rainy day:


We are absolutely obsessed with these Maggie Li little life cycle books. This series is one that you will want to collect them all. Perfect for little hands with bright colors. A die-cut throughout the book emphasizes how nature is full of changes--but begins and ends with a tiny drop of water.

On a Rainy Day

This is a new Spring release on PaperPie (formally Usborne books and more). Babies can peer through little peek-holes and unfold really BIG flaps to find an adventurous kitten, wiggly worms, and a splashing bird, all enjoying the rain. *Any purchase made through our PaperPie link does make MOSS Kids a small commission

¡Lluvia! Rain!

We love introducing bilingual books to children at a young age. This board book features a diverse cast of characters-- an extraordinarily simple yet sophisticated journey from feeling sad and gloomy to radiating happiness and joy. Christian Robinson's illustrations truly bring this book to life!

One Rainy Day: A Counting Book

We love reading numeric books with our kids, shouting out the numbers as we turn the pages. One Rainy Day has bright and bold collage illustrations, introducing a variety of prints and materials as we journey through the stages of a rainy day. Numbers are spelled out and written, so littles ones can practice both numeral and word recognition (SO IMPORTANT!) while they spot bright umbrellas, puddles, and other elements of rainy days. This book would be perfect to read aloud for story time with a collage for a craft-- should we do it?

The Rainy Day

Another great board book through PaperPie! The beautiful illustrations & the rhyming text make for a fun, easy read for young readers. This is one that we immediately pull out when the darker clouds roll in & the puddles slowly begin to take shape. Be prepared for littles to want to go explore in the rain and then come back in to dry off & craft.


picture books to read while it rains:


Hello, Rain! by Kyo Maclear & Chris Turham

READ THIS: Welcome, Rain!

A young child's conversation with the rain poetically captures the ever-shifting feelings we have when it comes to drizzles and downpours. She thanks the rain for helping the seeds to grow, and delights in splashing in the puddles. Then, she asks the rain if it could take a vacation so she can play outside on her scooter. Eventually, it's too hot, and she begins to miss it. The perfect read aloud, ode to rain!


The Big Umbrella by Juniper Bates & Amy June Bates

READ THIS: The Blue Umbrella

Kindness is a magical thing, and in this gentle picture book kindness comes from somewhere unexpected. When a seemingly ordinary blue umbrella is offered to provide shelter from the rain, it grows to accommodate anyone in need. We love how kindness grows in this one & we think the world needs a little bit more of that right now. Perfect read for story times & making an umbrella craft to cover those we love.


Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg & Jose Aruego

READ THIS: Mushroom Rain

We are HUGE mushroom people. And our mushrooms come out in full force after it rains. We like to read this book & then go on a mushroom hunt in our backyard. Through lyrical text and colorful, detailed artwork, the wonderful, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre world of mushrooms is explored. Back matter includes a glossary, additional mushroom facts, and a science activity (!!!).

< Rain Boy

About differences, acceptance, & loving yourself for who you are. Must Read!

The Weather Girls >

The girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring!

Non-Fiction Read:

Lift-the-flap First Questions & Answers:

What Makes it Rain?

This beautifully illustrated, interactive book is perfect for sharing with young children, as it introduces science concepts using a friendly lift-the-flap format. We love this series so much! Perfect for those kids who are always asking "why?"

A few more of our favorites:

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & David Litchfield

Chirri & Chirra, the Rainy Day by Kaya Doi, translated by David Boyd

Rain Feet by Angela Johnson & Rhonda Mitchell

Blue on Blue by Dianne White & Beth Krommes

Here's our full list:


Be sure to check back on our ig/right here on our blog throughout the month of April for a preview of how our MOSS Kids book club will work, a few crafts/activities, launching of our MOSS Mysteries fundraiser and so much more!! We're so grateful for the likes/comments/shares. Let us know below which book caught your eye & we will be sure to share it more in depth on our instagram @mosskidsbooks this month.

If you are interested in shopping through Paperpie & would like more information or a wishlist just for your kids, email us at we would love to put something together for you! All purchases made through Paperpie & bookshop make MOSS Kids a small commission. That donation goes towards purchasing diverse & inclusive books for kids in all communities.

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