Five Finds – Rain, rain, rain

Picture if you will winter in Canada. Temperatures dropping below -20 degrees (Celsius, please), streets slick with ice, snow piling up against houses, children bundled up in so many layers they can barely move.

While this may be the winter reality for much of Canada, in Vancouver the season looks somewhat different. Winter in Vancouver can be described in a single word – “blah.” It’s grey, it’s wet, it’s overcast, it’s drizzly, and we all feel a bit mossy and mildewy by the time spring rolls around.

While pulling books for a winter display in the branch, I realized that most of the typical “winter” picture books don’t quite capture this soggy reality. So, here are a few children’s books that capture the true spirit of a Vancouver winter.

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Rain! / Linda Ashman

As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.

Are You Ready to Play Outside? / Mo Willems

Will Elephant and Piggie let a bit of rain spoil their fun, or will these two friends find a creative way to deal with the weather?

Four young crocodiles find all sorts of ways to keep their spirits up on a rainy day.

When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away, only to discover that maybe the rain isn’t so bad after all.
Two children, a dog, and a pair of bright red galoshes star in this poetic celebration of a the adventures that can be had on a rainy day.

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