It was 98 degrees here the other day. “Boy Band Hot,” according to one of my favorite weathermen. I’m so ready for fall. Bleggh. I did not move to the bottom of the Rocky Mountains in order to swelter at the end of August.
In a futile attempt at mind-over-matter, we’re pulling out our fall books and trying to will ourselves cooler. Here are a few excellent autumn books for kids:
Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins by Katie McKy, illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi — is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Well…perhaps.
Apple Picking Time by Michele B. Slawson, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray
Apple by Nikki McClure — a favorite of my two-year old with unusual artwork and simple words. Just lovely.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert — another favorite, with illustrations of actual leaves and lots of imaginative “leaf beings” — leaf men…leaf cows…leaf fish…
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown — a fun story of an enterprising chicken who trades to get the hat she wants.
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum — full of beautiful, glossy pictures of pumpkins in all their glory.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
First Snow in the Woods by Carl R. Sams — I’m a fan of all his books, full of beautiful photography of forest animals. This one is about the end of fall and the animals getting ready for the first snow of the season.
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills –– my toddler loves Duck and Goose. And who am I kidding? I think they’re hilarious.
Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski — informative. Also includes very good illustrations of actual tree leaves. I’d take it with us on a neighborhood leaf hunt.
Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
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