Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Bath Time Stories



Splish, Splash, there’s nothing like reading a story to your little one while they take a bath to unwind after a long day. Two of the books I’ve chosen this week have characters that get a bit carried about bath time. The third recommendation is a non-fiction book that combines information about the water cycle with graceful poetry and beautiful illustrations. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


Bath Time by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Janet Pedersen

Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 978-0761451174


This little penguin loves bath time, so when mother turns on the bath water the penguin can’t wait to jump in the tub! But first he has to get some toys, a lot of toys! What will happen when this penguin realizes there’s not enough room in the tub for anything else, not even the tiniest penguin? Spinelli’s brief rhyming text is full of a youthful joy and excitement for bath time.



King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood

Sandpiper, 978-0152054359


Oh no! What to do? King Bidgood’s in the bathtub, and he won’t get out! As the day progresses each members of the court tries and fails to get the king out of the tub. Who will be the one to figure out the trick to get the king out of the tub and back to his courtly duties?  This Caldecott Honor Book uses a predictable, repetitive structure that will hook kids into the story. The characters are exaggerated, with dramatic facial expressions and pompous attire.




All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 978-1416971306


This book beautifully explains the never-ending water cycle, from the evaporation of water to the release of water from clouds. The importance of water is emphasized and readers are urged to conserve it and keep it clean. Tillotson’s illustrations are evocative and creative. Lyon’s text is poetic and rhythmic, yet informative. Like water, the text is presented in different sizes and seems to flow across the page.