Children's Book Review: Children Who Dance in the Rain by Susan Justice

This morning, I have a children's book in our book spotlight. Check out Children Who Dance in the Rain, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Susan Justice & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  Children Who Dance in the Rain by Susan Justice
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-8),  32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Compassion Project Press
Release date:   May 2023
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: May 15 to Jun 2, 2023
Content Rating:  G for all kids.


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About the Book

Sophie gets bored quickly and won’t even eat her food without looking at her tablet. She’s thrilled to hear of her family’s upcoming trip to a magical place called India, a land she’s only heard of in stories. Once there, she quickly realizes that the underprivileged children living in the mud colony possess a joy and contentment she can’t explain. Sophie sets out on a journey of discovery, but what she finds may change her world forever. This tale about the true meaning of happiness and the power of gratitude is based on true events.
My Review


Children Who Dance in the Rain is an Enlightening and Inspiring Children's Book for Families. The author takes a different look at the word privilege as her young character learns about the underprivileged in her grandmother's poor village in India. Readers first meet Sophie as her privileged character shows her home life in America. When Sophie and her family take a trip to India to visit her grandmother, she meets children in the village that live in a very different world than she experienced in her American life. As Sophie learns about life for those children--both the happy and sad pieces--she and her readers find a changed perspective. Sophie becomes inspired to change her own habits and to inspire change in others for others. Written in a way that is easy to read for children and thought-provoking for the whole family, the author creates a big message in a little children's book.


Easy to Read Pages and Expressive Illustrations Tell a Magical Story. Blending a little fictional magic and spirituality into a fact-based storyline, the author and illustrator tell a story that entertains, educates, and offers families ideas to discuss, such as gratitude, empathy, and charity. 


Would I Recommend Children Who Dance in the Rain by Susan Justice? As a parent, I love finding ways to teach children life lessons and world views without making our time feel like a school lesson. This book is a lovely story that helps introduce concepts of privilege, gratitude, needs vs. wants, and such in a way that may also encourage young readers and caregivers toward some perspective changes. While younger elementary children could read the book independently, I think it is best suited as a family story for discussion.

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Meet the Author

Susan, a legal advocate for children’s rights, has long harbored a dream of crafting a tale that would empower young readers to understand and champion the rights of their peers. Drawing upon her own experiences as a young person comprehending privilege, she was inspired to write a book that would not only entertain but also inspire her readers to consider pressing social issues and to actively strive to make the world a better place for all children.

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