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Illustrated by Lisa Congdon

About The Book

From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant comes a vibrantly illustrated, poetic picture book tribute to the beauty and magic of a rainy day.

There is a softness and a quiet before the rain comes…

When rain is on its way, some people and animals hurry home and get cozy inside. But others stay out to soak up the glorious showers! Wet drops bounce on leaves and roofs, creeks fill up, trees take a shower, cats have a show, and everyone relishes the rain.

With lyrical words by award-winning author Cynthia Rylant and vibrant pictures by celebrated artist Lisa Congdon, this evocative picture book shows that rain is good for everyone.

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of the author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, Motor Mouse, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

About The Illustrator

Lisa Congdon is an author, illustrator, and fine artist. Her books include Round by Jennifer Ward and, for adults, her own Whatever You Are, Be a Good OneArt, Inc.Fortune Favors the Brave; and The Joy of Swimming. She lives in Portland, Oregon. You can see more of her work at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (April 25, 2023)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442465091
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 3 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD450L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"The gentle, uplifting text and the cheerful illustrations make this a good candidate for bedtime or naptime read-alouds.... As soothing as the patter of rain against a window."

– Kirkus Reviews, 2/15/2023

"Poetic text and cheery folk art–like digital illustrations invite young children to look forward to rain and all of the good things it brings."

– Horn Book Magazine, 3/1/2023

"Via keen observation and soothing repetition, lilting text from Rylant (Life) celebrates rain’s onset, and its regenerative, nourishing power."

– Publishers Weekly, 2/20/2023

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle

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