I love a rainy day, especially when it ends with a rainbow. Rainy days are a perfect time to cuddle up and read a good book. And if you’re teaching a rainbow theme for home preschool or in the classroom, you’re going to need some great books. This list includes books all about rain and rainbows, great for curious minds on rainy or sunny days.
Books About Rain and Rainbows
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First Comes the Rain……
Rain! By Linda Ashman
Rain is a sweet story of a little boy that is excited about the rain and an angry old man. The story plays out with short sentences and on one side of the pages you can see the mean old man and on the other the happy and energetic boy. When the two met the old man realizes the rainy day isn’t all that bad.
Waiting Out the Storm by Joann Early Macken
In Waiting Out the Storm a mother and daughter are on a walk when a storm moves in. The story is told through a conversation the two have as the little girl learns about the wind, thunder, and animals. The story is very poetic and the illustrations feel warm and whimsical. This book is also featured on our list of Books About Mom.
Split! Splat! By Amy Gibson
Split! Splat! Is a silly, messy, rhyming tale of a girl with her dog and friends playing in the rain. I loved the colorful and messy illustrations that make you want to find a puddle to go jump in.
Raindrop, plop! By Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Raindrop, Plop is a rain book told through numbers. The story counts from one to ten as a little girl goes outside as the rain begins. The illustrations are bright and colorful; this is a great book for little ones.
Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse
Come On, Rain reminds me of a hot summer afternoon as a kid when you want the rain to come just to cool everything off. I love how everything about this story makes you feel like you are melting in the heat and then dancing in the rain.
Rain by Peter Spier
Rain is a wordless story of a brother and sister who go out and play in the rain. The illustrations are laid out in a comic book style that tells a fun story that children of all ages will love.
Then the rainbow.
Over the Rainbow by Judy Collins
Over the Rainbow is a whimsical book that features the song “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Collins. The illustrations show a magical and dream like world that is just over the rainbow.
A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
A young boy wants A Rainbow of My Own, one that he can play with even when the sun comes out. The book shows how rainbows are not just in the sky after it rains but can be found in other things. This is a sweet and classic story that young readers will enjoy.
Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee
In Elmer and the Rainbow, Elmer is on the search for the end of the colorless rainbow. Elmer wants to share his colors so the rainbow can be colorful again. I love the message of giving to others and that some things you can share without losing.
The Rainbow Mystery by Jennifer A. Dussling
The Rainbow Mystery is a great book to use as you introduce kids to prisms. Two kids, Annie and Mike, try to figure out why there are rainbows all over their walls and soon learn all about prisms. An experiment is included in the back of the book.
All the Colors of the Rainbow by Allan Fowler
All the Colors of the Rainbow is a great book to use when learning about the science behind a rainbow. The book includes vocabulary words, photographs and basic information that little ones can understand.
There are more rainbow books on our St Patrick’s Day book list.
Videos can be another great tool to add to your theme activities. We’ve collected some of our favorite rainbow informational videos and fun songs for you to use.
And don’t forget the puddles!
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