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Share a Story: Rain Storytime

 

In case you missed our Rain storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own stormy storytime at home.

From Storytime

Raindrops roll by April Pulley Sayre

In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

 

IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE (From jbrary)

          It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more, it ain’t gonna rain no more…

          Oh, no! It’s up to my toe! But it ain’t gonna rain no more.

          (repeat with:

                    Oh gee! It’s up to my knee!

                    Oh, my! It’s up to my thigh!

                    Oh, fiddle! It’s up to my middle!

                    Oh, blech! It’s up to my neck!)

          Finish with: Oh, dread! It’s up to my head! So I guess I’ll just swim home…

Music play for young children. The song "Leaky Umbrella" is great fun to dance and identify body parts to.

 

THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER

          The itsy, bitsy spider crawled up the water spout

          Down came the rain and washed the spider out

          Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and

          The itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

For hand motions, try jbrary's version.

Also available in: e-music

We used the song "Thunderstorm" for parachute time.

This is fun! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants (a.k.a. Chris Ballew, lead singer of the Seattle-based band Presidents of the United States of America) captures children and adults with his light, airy folk music that will make you happy and want to get up and dance. We used "It's Gonna Rain" today.

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

Rain by Sam Usher

Forced to stay indoors during a rainstorm, young Sam drinks hot chocolate, reads and dreams of adventures while his Granddad does paperwork until the need to mail an important letter triggers an adventure into the wet outdoors.

Watersong by Tim McCanna

"A fox's journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia"--.

Blue on blue by Dianne White

Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.

The green umbrella by Jackie Azúa Kramer

When Elephant takes a quiet stroll with his green umbrella, he is hindered by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit, each asserting that his umbrella is truly their boat, tent, flying machine, and cane.

Raindrop, plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

A young girl and her dog find many things to count on a rainy day, both as they play outside and after they come home to a warm, dry house.

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