Reading List: Books About Rain and Water

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Rain Reign (Chapter Book)
by Ann M. Martin
Grades: 3rd-5th grade
Format: Library to Go or Libby App
This is a story about the challenges facing a young girl and her dog growing up in a complicated and frightening world. Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different— not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. When a storm hits their rural town, rivers over flow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.

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Hurricane Heroes in Texas (Chapter Book)
by Mary Pope Osborne Grades: 1st-4th grade

Format: Library to Go or Libby App

One of the most dangerous Magic Tree House missions that Jack and Annie have ever seen! When the magic tree house whisks them back to Galveston, Texas, in 1900, they find out that a big storm is coming. But even though there is rain and wind, no one believes there is any danger. As the storm grows, seawater floods the city. Now everyone needs help! Jack and Annie have a little bit of magic and a lot of hope—but will it be enough?

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A Swirl of Ocean (Chapter Book)                                                                                                   by Melissa Sarno
Grades: 3rd-5th grade
Format: Library to Go or Libby App This is a story about a young girl and her love for the ocean, who is determined to find the secrets it hides. Twelve-year-old Summer loves the ocean. The smell, the immensity, the feeling she gets when she dives beneath the surface. She discovers that the ocean is holding secrets she never could have imagined.

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Lulu and the Hedgehog in the Rain (Chapter Book)
by Hilary McKay
Grades: 1st-3rd grade
Lulu knows hedgehogs aren’t pets, but she’s determined to keep this one safe. And so the Hedgehog Club is born. Everyone on the street agrees to keep an eye on the little hedgehog and keep it away from the road. But come wintertime the hedgehog disappears! Where could she have gone?

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Hayley the Rain Fairy (Chapter Book)
by Daisy Meadows
Grades: 1st-3rd grade
Part of the weather fairies series. The Weather Fairies have lost their magical feathers! Rachel and Kirsty search for one in each Weather Fairies book. Read all seven books to help bring the weather back to Fairyland.

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Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella (Chapter Book)
by Cerrie Burnell
Grades: 1st-4th grade
A whimsical fantasy of a young girl using a magical umbrella to find missing cats. Harper lives in the City of Clouds, an enchanting place where it rains every day and an umbrella is always a good idea. But when every cat in the city goes missing—including Midnight—Harper is determined to find all of the precious pets. And she’ll need a magic, flying umbrella to help in her search.

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What Makes it Rain?

Author: Patrick Parish
Ages: 4-7
Format: Hoopla non fiction eBook
This book discusses how the water cycle works and its significance in our daily lives. Complete with detailed graphics and images, children can clearly visualize the water cycle process. What Makes it Rain is a handy resource to have around when trying to break down this challenging concept into easy-to-understand chunks.

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Rain

Author: Bellwether Media
Ages: 4-6
Format: Hoopla non fiction eBook
Published as an easy reader, this book investigates the effect rain has on farming. Floods, droughts, and the need for rain is explored.

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Rain

Author: Grace Hansen Ages: 3-5
Format: Hoopla non fiction

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This title is a terrific resource to introduce small children to water cycle science. Simple vocabulary and large text are used throughout. The images are crisp and aid in the retention of information. A wonderful book for beginning readers.

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Rainbows

Author: Precious McKenzie Ages: 4-8
Format: Hoopla non fiction

eBook
This cheerful little book examines the science behind rainbows and includes tips on finding own of your own.

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The Water Cycle (video)

Publisher: National Geographic

Ages 4-8
Format: TumbleBooks video
This short video, only one minute in length, answers a few basic questions about water such as evaporation and recycling.

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Rainbows (video)
Publisher: National Geographic
Ages: 3-7
Format: TumbleBooks video
This quick little video describes the role rain plays in rainbow creation. Color theory and optics are briefly discussed.

 

Books with Spanish versions available

On the top of the Springdale Public Library web page, change the preferred language to Spanish, and voila! Here are some of the book selections with Spanish versions. Many of them are available in e-books or audiobooks.

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The ugly duckling/ “El patito feo”

(Picture book/E-book) Autor: Mercè Escardó i Bas

Age: Baby -12 years

Here’s the classic story of an ugly little duckling teased by the entire barnyard. Embarking on a journey of adventure and discovery, the poor little creature eventually makes a triumphant, heart-warming return to his home. This traditional story is about being friends with people who are different from you. The e-book Spanish version is available in
TumbleBookLibrary.

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Rain (Whatever the Weather)/ “Lluvia”

(Board book)

Autor: Carol Thompson
Age: 2-4 years
There’s a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures to discover and enjoy! In this series of richly illustrated books, Carol Thompson celebrates the immediate and sensory response of children to the natural world – whatever the weather!

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A Rainy day with hedgehog and rabbit / “Erizo y Conejo descubren la Lluvia”

(Picture Book)

Author: Pablo Albo y Gómez Age: 3-6 years
Rabbit is leisurely eating his cabbages in the garden, when suddenly… WATER! Who threw it?? He doesn’t wait to find out: he’s too scared and has already run off! The same thing happens to Hedgehog, who laughs at it and goes searching for scaredy Rabbit.

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In arctic water/ “En las aguas árticas”

(Picture book/ audiobook)

Author: Laura Crawford
Age: 3-8 years
The rhyming text is fast-moving and fun. Cartoon facial expressions range from gleeful to panic-stricken. A four-page information section provides basic facts about each of the animals featured, the Inuit, and Arctic waters in general. The Spanish audiobook version is available in Hoopla-Kid.

 

This month’s book list is brought to you by the Springdale Public Library. The library is closed until further notice, however you can access digital library resources and most books online from home. You can find many e-books, audio books and even videos for kids. Just have your adult visit springdalelibrary.org and follow the instructions on the screen.

 

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