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Apr 22

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM by Craig Jacobson

Jacket for Rain!.jpgWith the very wet and cold Spring season  we have been having, now is the perfect time to come to the library to find a couple of books to entertain yourself and your children while you are all stuck inside.  In the theme of the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” I have put together a list of some rain-inspired and Spring-inspired picture books. 

Rain! by Linda Ashman
The Rain Train by Elena De Roo
My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer
Mudkin by Stephen Gammell
Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson
Rainy Day by Patricia Lakin
Waiting out the Storm by JoAnn Early Macken
It’s Raining! It’s Pouring! We’re Exploring! by Polly Peters
Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee
Curious George: Rain or Shine by Erica Zappy
Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
Flowers and Showers: a Spring Counting Book by Rebecca Davis
And Then it’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors by Lisa McCue
Colorful Spring by Erin Moran
Counting in the Garden by Kim Parker
Ava’s Poppy by Marcus Pfister
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington

Jacket for Spring.jpgOr if it is crafts and activities that you are after to keep yourself or your children entertained while it is raining outside, there are a number of cool websites that show tons of crafts for everyone to do, with the supplies that you already have at home.  First and foremost is Pinterest.  Pinterest is like a giant online bulletin board for the web, where people can link to fun  websites and blogs, or upload pictures about recipes, crafts, clothes, home decorating, jewelry, etc.  I highly recommend checking out this cool website, and you just might find yourself addicted to it!

Before there was Pinterest though, there were a lot of other entertaining websites and blogs that devoted a lot of time to craft projects and decorating ideas.  One that I have followed for a number of years is Make: Craft.  It a blog/magazine where they publish projects daily.  Projects range from simple, like making superhero cuffs from toilet paper rolls, to really difficult projects, like making a solar-powered machine.

Another very cool craft website that I found recently is called Craft Gossip.  It breaks down the craft projects into different categories, so all you have to do is select the area you are interested in and start browsing through all the craft projects listed!

Rain or shine, I hope that you have been inspired to read a book or do an activity!