Bibliographic Information: Lehman, B. (2007). Rainstorm. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
Brief Annotation: It’s a rainy day, and a lonely boy is stuck inside- until he finds a mysterious key that leads him on a journey.
Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction (wordless)
Grade Level: PreK-K
Readers who will like this: Developing and beginning readers; readers with active imaginations; readers who enjoy a mystery.
Rating/Response: 5; Like most wordless picture books, this is an excellent book to help children with inferring. There is more of a definitive plot than many wordless picture books, but there is still plenty of space for readers to bring their own interpretation. I love that the story contains children of multiple races, genders, and socioeconomic statuses getting along effortlessly. As a child, I was always fascinated by the idea of secret passageways and longed to have one (or more) in my house. I would have adored this book, and I think other children will react similarly.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What kinds of things do you do when it’s rainy and you can’t go outside to play?