Rain Play (Hardcover)

By Cynthia Cotten, Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805067958, 26pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008



Kids play in the park during a sudden rain shower, but retreat inside when thunder and lightning begin.

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