Rainy Days - Deborah Kerbel

Rainy Days

; Miki Sato (Illustratør)

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Praise for Rainy Days

2022 The Children’s Book Council “April: Hot Off the Press” feature

“Anyone seeking a refreshing spin on rainy-day books will find it here. This delightful picture book is awash in treats for readers’/listeners’ ears and eyes, with bouncy, lively, rhythmic verses…The artwork suits the book’s message, with pages splashed with lovely, lively, textured illustrations…Rainy days bring all sorts of pleasures; reading this book is just one of them.”—Kirkus Reviews

“I cannot resist a clever bit of paper cutting, no matter how hard I want to…This is one of those titles that have the poofy covers and then the thinner but incredibly difficult to rip or tear plasticy pages. You’ll appreciate their hearty quality since this book is bound to be a favorite each time a rainy day comes along.”— School Library Journal, Fuse 8

Starting with the rain and how that can sadden kids, to finding the joy in things that kids can still (or only) do in the rain. Taking something that might make them sad and giving them ideas to have fun is always a good lesson for all of us, kids and parents. The illustrations are neat and clear, with details that enhance without distracting the reader.”—Youth Services Book Review

As an adult, it is often easy to think of the inconveniences of rainy weather even if it is essential to life on our planet. This book highlights the joy that can be found on a nice rainy day.”—YA Books Central

I will definitely be using this book in the classroom with my young readers, and I believe Rainy Days would be a great tool in any parent or teacher's toolbox”—CM Magazine

“The art is cut-paper art and collage, which I thought was very tactile and really interesting, and as you can see it is very bright and fun for kids.”—CTV Your Morning

“What a way to get started on a library for a new baby or a favorite toddler. Each of the books captures the magic found in nature and its many blessings.” Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Rainy Days…is a rhyming, rhythmic romp through puddles. Fun to chant out loud, for a movement activity and for a look at how the world changes with rain.”—The International Educator

“5 out of 5 stars… The mixed-media art style is absolutely phenomenal. The bright colors are attractive, and every page is so beautiful...I am literally in awe of this gorgeous art! The text is simple, but enchanting…and is a delight to read out loud! This charming book will remind both adults and children that there is joy to be found in simple happy things… like a rainy day.”—Luminous Libro

“This sweet book is a celebration of rainy weather and all its possibilities…it captures the playful magic of a rainy day through the eyes of a child.”—Charlotte Offsay (@COffsay)

“This book is just perfect for a day like today…delicate, sweet words, and amazing illustrations bring rainy days to life in a joyful way. We especially loved how the illustrations [are] crafted. They jump off the page…We absolutely love it!”—Becca’s Book Box

“With colorful mixed-media collage art and fun rhymes, young children discover all the exciting activities that the rain provides. The thick pages are great for withstanding toddler life and there are a few ideas for experimenting in the rain as well.”—Jazmin (Instagram)


Deborah Kerbel is the author of seven novels for middle grade and young adult readers as well as the picture books Before You Were Born, Snow Days, Sunny Days, and Windy Days. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year, and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. Deborah lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, two book-loving children, and a schnoodle named Alfredo.

Miki Sato is a Japanese-Canadian illustrator who uses a variety of different textures and materials to create three-dimensional images. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to Toronto to complete her degree in illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her picture books include Golden Threads written by Suzanne Del Rizzo and Snow Days, Sunny Days, and Windy Days written by Deborah Kerbel.