2 Picture Books For April Showers

Are you getting April showers in your neck of the woods yet? We’re looking at a couple of rainy weeks ahead here on the Gulf Coast, and I have to admit, I love a good rainy day. So today, I want to share two new picture books that are perfect for reading to your antsy little ones who may not be so thrilled about being stuck inside during rainstorms.

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The Day the Rain Moved In by Éléonore Douspis, Translated by Shelley Tanaka

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells a story of embracing our differences in a very imaginative way. The Day The Rain Moved In follows a family as it begins raining in their home. Siblings Pauline and Louis try to hide their secret, worried no one will understand their situation, or the tree in their living room. To their surprise, their father lets their classmates in when they become curious. Fortunately, their community is far more accepting than they thought it would be.

I loved the whimsical illustrations in this book, especially all the wonderful plants that spring up in the family’s home.

You can pick up your own copy of The Day the Rain Moved In anywhere books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. This would be a fantastic story to read on a rainy day, assuming you keep the rain on the outside of your home, of course.

Many thanks to Groundwood Books for providing me with a review copy of The Day the Rain Moved In!

Hello, Rain! by Kyo Maclear, Illustrated by Chris Turnham

Hello, Rain! by Kyo Maclear perfectly captures the nostalgic experience of playing out in the rain as a child. In this book, we follow a young girl and her dog as they explore outside on a rainy day. The playful text makes this one perfect for a read aloud, and the eye-catching illustrations by Chris Turnham are sure to capture the attention of young readers.

Hello, Rain! is the perfect book to entertain young nature lovers who are stuck inside during a rainstorm. It officially releases next week (April 13, 2021), but you can preorder your copy today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon.

Kyo Maclear is a novelist and children’s author based in Toronto. To learn more about her and her work, please visit her website at kyomaclear.com.

Chris Turnham is a printmaker and illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. Please visit his website at www.christurnham.com for more information about him and his work.

Thank you to Chronicle Books for generously providing a review copy of this wonderful book!

I hope you enjoyed these rainy books as much as I did.

What are your favorite books for rainy days? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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