How Do You Make a Rainbow?

Caroline Crowe

Illustrated by Cally Johnson-Isaacs

Age 3 +
18 February 2021
32 pages


How do you make a rainbow? This joyful story, written by Caroline Crowe and illustrated by Cally Johnson-Isaacs, shows how to find colour and hope when days seem dim and grey: celebrating love, positivity and the precious relationship between a child and her grandad.

Stuck inside on a cloudy day, a little girl asks her grandad to help her paint a rainbow on the sky. But as Grandad tells her, rainbows aren't painted on the sky, they grow out of kindness, hope, and helping other people.

How Do You Make a Rainbow? is a reassuring, heart-warming story of colours, kindness, community and nature, that shows that brighter times are always around the corner.

A lovely paint palette of a book, filled with positivity and finding the delight in every day.
When a little girl asks her grandad for his help painting a rainbow, she thinks he might tell her the colours she needs. Instead he reveals that rainbows grow out of hope, kindness and helping others. She learns that even on the gloomiest of days, a rainbow can light up the sky and fill your heart with Love. A gorgeously illustrated lyrical children’s tale that is a pleasure to read.
A delightful rhyming picture book that reads aloud well and offers a warm re-assuring message for young children at a time when it is most needed. The warmth of the relationship between child and grandparent shines through the story, highlighting its own rainbow. Gorgeous, bright illustrations work well with the text, as does the colour palette chosen for each double-page spread. The last few pages encourage children to make their own rainbows of the things they love.