Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books About Rain

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One of my favorite moments as a Long and Short Reviews blogger and reviewer happens when review requests for picture books are submitted to us.

I try to request as many of them as I can because it’s wonderful to see what’s new in that genre and because I deeply enjoy spreading the word about the many beautiful picture books out there.

While I haven’t read any of these picture books yet, they do fit this week’s April Showers theme and they all look adorable.

If you’ve read any of them, please feel free to share your thoughts.

1. Hooray for Summer! by Kazuo Iwamura 

2. The Day It Rained Watermelons by Mabel Watts

3. Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

4. A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

5. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

6.That Sky, That Rain by Carolyn B. Otto

7.Chirri & Chirra: The Rainy Day by Kaya Doi

8. McBroom the Rainmaker by Sid Fleischman

9. Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer

10. Pika Bunny and the Thunderstorm: Conejito Pika Y La Tormenta by Wendy Gilhula

Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books We’ve Reviewed This Month

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Picture books aren’t just for kids! I especially enjoy reading them on days when I’m not feeling well or having trouble concentrating on longer works for whatever reason. They are often about cheerful topics, too, which is a refreshing change from the serious and sometimes scary stuff I typically choose.

Here are ten picture books that we’ve reviewed so far this month. I wrote this in advance for scheduling purposes, so there may be more a few great reviews from this genre on our site by the time this post goes live.

1. Mario and the Hole in the Sky – How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch

2. Thank You, Neighbor by Ruth Chan

3. Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon

4. My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang

5. Purplicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann

6. On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen

7. Dog’s Day by Jane Cabrera

8. Go for the Moon by Chris Gall

9. Cows to the Rescue by John Himmelman 

10. I Am Quiet – A Story for the Introvert in All Of Us by Andie Powers:

Top Ten Tuesday: Children’s Picture Books You Should Read

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This week’s topic is Books From My Favorite Genre. Over the last few years, I’ve really gotten into children’s picture books. There are some amazing ones out there that truly seem to be written for adults as much as they are for kids.

Today I’m going to share ten picture books you should read whether you’re three or 103 years old. If they are books that I’ve reviewed for Long and Short Reviews, the links in their titles will take you to those reviews.

1. The Lorax  by Dr. Seuss

Honestly, I don’t think this book will ever fall out of fashion. It’s a classic.

2. The Paper Bag Princess  by Robert Munsch

We need many more princesses who save themselves in fairy tales, don’t you think?

3. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt

This is the perfect thing to read for anyone who has ever felt social anxiety or worried about how to make a new friend in general.

4. Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

I can’t imagine a more perfect way to introduce a small child – or a curious adult – to Neil Gaimain’s beautiful way of describing the world.

5. Penelope Perfect by Shannon Anderson

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6. What Daddy Did Today: A Father’s Bedtime Story by Walter Wally

If only everyone’s days could be described in this style. I love the idea of taking what can be complicated agendas and explaining them so simply that even a preschooler understands them. This is a skill everyone should have.

7. This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

Heirlooms come in all shapes and sizes. My family likes to give each other wooden cutting boards and cast iron pans of all things. It was quite interesting to see what this family passes down over the years.

8. The Most Ferocious of Creatures by Chris Sykes

What a funny, creative take on everything that can go wrong when someone makes a mistake. I often think about this tale when I’m having a terrible day and need to cheer myself up.

9. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

What a nice way to explain grief and the cycle of life to a young child.

10. Sophie’s Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller

Yes, this is the sequel to #9! You don’t have to read them in order, but I sure enjoyed getting an update on Sophie and her pet squash.