Fall might be my favorite season for kids’ books.
There’s so much to read about! There are animals getting ready to hibernate. There are different colored leaves to investigate and learn about. There are apples and pumpkins. There are holidays (and reading about holidays with kids is just about the best thing ever).
Now that everyone’s back at school, I’m getting ready to pull out our stash and read some of these awesome fall books for kids at night with them.
12 Fall Books for Kids:
1. 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 like pumpkins? Well…perhaps.
2. Apple Picking Time by Michele B. Slawson, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray
3. Apple by Nikki McClure — this was a favorite of my two-year-old, with unusual artwork and simple words. Just lovely.
4. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert — another favorite, with illustrations of actual leaves and lots of imaginative “leaf beings” — leaf men…leaf cows…leaf fish…read the book and then take a walk to collect leaves and make your own Leaf Man!
5. Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan — Adorable Mouse heads out with his buddy Minka to play one cool day, and discovers strange-colored leaves and other fall fun.
6. The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown — a fun story of an enterprising chicken who trades to get the hat she wants (though she doesn’t use it on her head!)
7. Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum — full of beautiful, glossy pictures of pumpkins in all their glory.
8. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert — A beautiful book that uses watercolor collage and pieces of actual seeds, fabric, wire, and roots to teach children about the life of a tree. A special glossary explains how roots absorb nutrients, what photosynthesis is, how sap circulates, and other facts about trees
9. 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 when the animals are getting ready for the first snow of the season.
10. Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills –– my toddler loved Duck and Goose. And who am I kidding? I think they’re hilarious. In this book, they look everywhere – in trees, in leaf piles, in a hollow log – to find a pumpkin.
11. Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski — an informative book that includes very good illustrations of actual tree leaves. Read the book at home, then take it with you on a neighborhood leaf hunt!
12. Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
Does your family have a favorite fall book?