Big rain coming is a lyrical story about waiting for the rain. Old Stephen wisely predicts throughout the book that rain is coming. Clouds are forming, but all week long it does not rain and the children and animals try different things to stay cool. The long wait and the joyful relief for the “wonderful cool wet rain” are wonderfully conveyed by the vibrant and bold illustrations of Bronwyn Bancroft.
Predictions can serve as hypotheses during scientific research. What do the children already know about rain and what stories shape their understanding? What do animals and people do when there is no water? What could they make or do to help save water?
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
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Article author: Tina Gaertner
Graphic Design & Marketing Support
Tina combines her love of graphic design with a master’s degree in adult education. She loves using her creativity and digital expertise to contribute to changing young children’s lives.