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Hello, Rain!

by (author) Kyo Maclear

illustrated by Chris Turnham

Chronicle Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price

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A picture book celebrating all the reasons to love the rain! Flowers bloom in the garden. Umbrellas bloom on the streets. There are puddles for jumping and, later, a cozy home for hot chocolate and books.

• The ultimate rainy day read!
• Full of bright, eye-catching illustrations
• From international acclaimed writer Kyo Maclear and printmaker Chris Turnham

The air is full of waiting. The sky is full of breeze. The trees gust and billow. All before it rains.
Rumble, rumble. Distant thunder. Rain is coming, rain is coming.

No matter what kind of weather you prefer, Hello, Rain! is a great reminder of the natural beauty all around us.

• Children's books for kids age 3–5
• Great read aloud picture book
• Ideal for nature lovers

About the authors

KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel, The Letter Opener (2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children’s books: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at

Kyo Maclear's profile page

Chris Turnham's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Maclear (Story Boat) celebrates the unbounded joy of discovery in ordinary things, chronicling events with a poet's powers of observation. . . Digital, retro-style spreads by Turnham (National Parks of the USA) give the pages a memorable look with a palette of unexpected hues. . . . Together, the creators conjure a child who fully inhabits each present moment until the sun arrives again."-Publishers Weekly

"Grab some galoshes and raid the lost and found for umbrellas because readers will be enamored with inclement weather after reading this beautiful book. . . . The story's language and illustrations are wonderfully matched, as both capture the dual wonders on display. . . Maclear's playful use of alliteration, consonance, and onomatopoeia make this a joy to read aloud. . ."-Booklist, starred review

"In text that begs to be shared aloud, evocative figurative language. . . a heaping dose of onomatopoeia. . . and delicious vocabulary. . . vividly animate the thrill of heading outside when 'the sky is an adventure.' The illustrations themselves burst with life, movement, and mirth. Cerulean (for the rain) and yellow (for raincoats) hues enchant. . . . A joyous tribute to the wonders of a rainy day for the pluviophile in all of us."-Kirkus Reviews, starred reviews

"In Hello, Rain!, Kyo Maclear (The Liszts; Bloom; Operatic) builds a delightful meditation on a theme by following a child and their dog through anticipating a storm to the sunlight at the end. . . . Illustrator Chris Turnham (The Wish Tree) carefully constructs each digitally rendered scene and plays with perspective. . . Maclear and Turnham use Hello, Rain! to magnify the magic and beauty revealed by rain and to remind readers to stop and take in the magic and brilliance all around."-Shelf Awareness, starred review

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