Rain Play

By Cynthia Cotten; Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator)
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805067958, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

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Here it comes! Cool drops splash down, scattering the grown-ups. But the children love romping in the rain, until—BOOM!  This joyous, rhyming poem captures the many delights of a rainy day.

About the Author

Cynthia Cotten has written several books for young readers, including This Is the Stable, Abbie in Stitches, At the Edge of the Woods and Snow Ponies. She grew up in Lockport, New York, a small town on the Erie Canal. She didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer—she dreamed of being a teacher, a marine biologist, a U.N. interpreter and a jockey—but she always loved reading. “My idea of the perfect summer vacation,” she says, “was to go to the library once a week, check out as many books as I could fit into my bike basket, and spend the rest of the week sitting someplace cool, reading.” Cotten lives in Montclair, Virginia. Javaka Steptoe has illustrated several books for young readers, including In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall,which won the Coretta Scott King Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Rain Play

“The text’s short couplets won’t be a challenge even for newly emergent readers, and the laughing, brown- and yellow-skinned figures dance through the elongated raindrops with infectiously joyous abandon.”

Kirkus Reviews


“For kids, a rainy day can be pure play, and this exuberant rhyming poem and buoyant illustrations testify to that.”



“The illustrations make the rainstorm an event. The pictures are so lively that they may inspire readers”

School Library Journal

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