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A Good Day for Ducks

by (author) Jane Whittingham

illustrated by Noel Tuazon

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Weather, Art & Architecture, Clothing & Dress, Siblings, Ducks, Geese, etc.
Recommended Age
2 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price

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A perfect rainy-day book for active siblings with a sturdy pages, rounded corners, and a padded cover.

Rain is falling, and these siblings know just how to enjoy it: raincoats, rubber boots, puddle jumping, swimming ducks, and wiggling worms! A thunderstorm sends the children scrambling for home and a cup of hot cocoa. Maybe it will rain again tomorrow!

From the acclaimed creators of Wild One, A Good Day for Ducks is a child-centered celebration of the joy that can be found in any rainy day. Jane Whittingham's spare but sensory-laden text and Noel Tuazon's energetic and endearing illustrations are packaged in a sturdy board book format for little hands. This sweet story will make even the weariest of parents nostalgic for their own puddle-jumping days.

About the authors

Jane Whittingham is a librarian from Burnaby, British Columbia, and earned her Masters of Library and Information Sciences at UBC with an emphasis on children's librarianship and literature. Much like the adventurous main characters in her fiction picture books, Wild One, A Good Day for Ducks, and Queenie Quail Can’t Keep Up, Jane loves to explore. And much like the children photographed in her nonfiction picture book Animals Move, she loves a lively story time!


Jane Whittingham's profile page

Noel Tuazon was born in Manila, Philippines, but has been living in Toronto, Ontario, since the 1970s. Noel studied Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Toronto and Animation at Max the Mutt. Since 2006, Noel has also worked on storyboard revisions at Nelvana Animation for TV shows such as Grossology, Babar And The New Adventures of Badou, and Ranger Rob. Noel has illustrated comics, graphic novels, and picture books, including Wild One and A Good Day for Ducks, both authored by Jane Whittingham.


Noel Tuazon's profile page


  • Short-listed, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Fall Starred Selection
  • Commended, Reading Rockets “Holiday Buying Guide 2018: For 0–3 Year Olds” selection
  • Commended, Jbrary “2018 Favourite Storytime Picture Books” selection

Editorial Reviews

About A Good Day for Ducks

2021 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Fall Starred Selection

Reading Rockets "Holiday Buying Guide 2018: For 0–3 Year Olds" selection

Jbrary "2018 Favourite Storytime Picture Books" selection

"This charming story captures the joy of a rainy day....VERDICT A comforting and appealing choice for storytimes and one-on-one sharing."—School Library Journal

"The simple plot, short length, and rich vocabulary make this a fine choice for toddlers just beginning to listen to real stories, but there's enough interest and action for older preschoolers as well. Just right to enjoy after a rainy-day outing..."—Kirkus Reviews

"A sweet story...The watercolor and ink illustrations add charm and energy to this everyday weather adventure."—The Horn Book Guide

"A Good Day for Ducks would make for a good bedtime story…an excellent bridge book for those transitioning from board books to picture books."—CM Magazine

"[T]his offering is a great read aloud for preschool groups or family time. The lovely depiction of a brother and sister who are close in age, and perfect companions, heartwarmingly shows a wonderful example of being content with simply playing in the rain..."—Resource Links

"We rated this book: [5/5]...Author Jane Whittingham has written a spare text filled with onomatopoeia and lyrical writing that will charm little ones and those who read to them. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations by Noel Tuazon seem to be washed by the stormy day, and they are the perfect complement to this enchanting story. This is a sweet story children will ask for over and over."—Seattle Book Review

"[A] sweet story about two young children enjoying a wonderful rainy day....Sound effects such as 'drip drop', 'splish splash', and 'quack quack' will also appeal to a younger audience and could be fun for a library story time."—Youth Services Book Review

"Written and presented with the same sparkling liveliness as Wild One, A Good Day for Ducks is the wonderfully rhythmic, sing-song tale...that a reader (and listener) cannot help but be inspired to join in on...The combination of effective, chanting-like text (perfect short length for toddlers and up to appreciate!) with lovely, soft watercolor and ink drawings makes for another great picture book from the Canadian author and artist duo."—Fab Book Reviews

"This exuberant ode to the joys of rainy days is toddler perfection! The brief, lyrical text ripples with energy...Swishy, perky watercolor illustrations amplify the sense of freedom and joy."—Orange Marmalade

"This is a book in celebration of a rainy day, of siblings, and of the fun of experience. Like Jane's previous book Wild One, this is a book about children enjoying nature."—Canadian Bookworm

"In A Good Day for Ducks...we get to embrace our inner child and spend a day in the rain...This book makes me wish for rainy spring...days."—Book Time

“Gentle repetition and some onomatopoeia are keys to toddler happiness. Add textured illustrations and she’s hooked. This book lays out a perfect day in the rain complete with splashing, puddle jumping and watching the ducks.”—Vancouver Mom

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