Inside: Celebrate autumn with the very best fall books for kids! We’ve looked through hundreds, and these are our very favorite. Check them out!
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The Best Fall Books for Kids!
I love this time of year. Though, let’s be honest. In Miami, Autumn is looked upon with a great sense of longing. We watch videos on the news and view photographs from friends and family in front of gorgeous foliage, only to stare forlornly at the palms outside our windows that never change color.
We see our friends going apple picking and wish we, too, could pull those ruby red fruits off the trees and crunch into their juicy sweetness.
We check the weather every morning, waiting for the temperature outside to come down from a steamy 95 degrees to a more moderate 84. And at 68? Break out the boots!
Oh, but even in the heat of Miami, we still celebrate the Fall season! Leafy garlands wrap around porches, the lines are out the door for pumpkin spice lattes, and scarecrows and other festive decorations dot front yards around town. And there’s one other fabulous way we celebrate… with books, of course!
Fall Books for Kids Give Children Everywhere a Chance to Experience the Glorious Season!
We can’t get enough fall and winter books for kids in our house, because these celebratory stories give my kiddos a chance to experience fall. We can’t smell it or feel it or even taste it, but we can certainly appreciate its visual beauty.
And you can too.
No matter where you live, fall books for kids enable children to celebrate the magic of a new season and to learn more about the cycle of life in the natural world. These stories present kids with an opportunity to learn, a springpoint for imaginative crafts using materials from right outside, and a chance to relish in the beautiful changes that occur all around us.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you have a great big pile of leaves to jump into in your backyard, or you only wish you did, grab some of these books, and get reading.
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Fall Books for Kids We Absolutely Adore!
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall, by Kenard Pak: A little girl wanders through the her town, and as she walks, she greets the start of autumn. The child says hello to the trees, the birds and the gusty wind, and, upon her return home, she says goodbye to summer. The illustrations in this book are luminous, and we love how each page is soothing and wondrous as one sweet girl says goodbye to one season and hello to another.
Sweep, by Louise Greig and illustrated by Julia Sarda: Oh, I am so in love with this story! At once a book showcasing the magic of fall leaves and the power of our big emotions, this story deftly weaves these two concepts together. Here, fall leaves present a powerful extended metaphor for Ed’s bad mood. And as Ed tries to sweep his bad mood away, it keeps growing and growing until the pile of leaves is totally out of control and much bigger than he is. But then suddenly, a wind whips up all of the leaves. Will it be enough to sweep away Ed’s bad mood with it? A beauty to ponder, reflect upon, and come back to again and again.
Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert: When fall arrives, so to does the Leaf Man, going where the wind goes of course! Gorgeous collages with real autumn leaves make this book stand out from the rest, as the vibrant pictures perfectly showcase the different sizes, colors and textures of the leaves. A perfect fall beauty!
In the Middle of Fall, by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek: Henkes can do no wrong in our eyes, and we simply adore the wonders of autumn captured by this beautiful book. Henkes walks readers through the scenes they may see on a fall day, from the brown gardens to the frisky squirrels — and then suddenly, with one gust of wind — the world turns red and orange and yellow, and there is not doubt that fall is truly here. The lyrical text and stunning illustrations here are a perfect pairing for your youngest readers!
Full of Fall, by April Pulley Sayre: if you like to give your children books containing real photographs, you will fall in love with Full of Fall, featuring gorgeous snapshots of fall leaves and the changes they go through during autumn. From green to a brilliant red, orange or yellow, to shedding and eventually crumbling, this brilliant, poetic book captures a tree’s journey as it prepares for winter.
Because of an Acorn, by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon: I love the way this book so beautifully illustrates the circle of life! Because of an acorn, a tree will grow, a bird will make a nest, and a seed will become a flower. This book is a wonderful tool to highlight how the ecosystem is symbiotic, with all parts connected and working together. The die cut pages and very simple text make this a fabulous book for your youngest readers!
Fall Leaves, by Loretta Holland and illustrated by Elly McKay: This ode to fall could not be more beautiful, combining stunning illustrations and lovely wordplay. We love how this book can be read to children young and old, as your littlest readers can simply focus on the larger text and pictures and your older kids can read all of the text to learn valuable information about nature, the seasons and the earth. The illustrations are brilliant, perfectly capturing the golden aura of the season and the dappled sunlight shining through the leaves before they shed. Gorgeous!
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke: Poor Fletcher the Fox thinks something is awfully wrong as the leaves begin to fall from his favorite tree outside his den. He tries to keep the leaves from falling, but they just won’t stop! Is his tree sick? Can he save it? Unfortunately, he can’t even save the very last leaf, so Fletcher makes a cozy bed for it and tucks it in – but he can’t help but fret about his lonely tree! The next day, the air is cold… and as Fletcher approaches his favorite tree, he finds it transformed, covered in magical, glimmering, icicles. Maybe losing its leaves wasn’t quite as bad as he thought!
Apples and Pumpkins, by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell: It’s fall, and since the leaves are now red and green, one young girl is gong on an adventure. Join the child and her family on Comstock Farm as they spend the day picking apples — and searching for a perfect pumpkin!
Leaves, David Ezra Stein: Poor Bear, no matter how hard he tries, he simply cannot reattach the leaves that have fallen to their rightful trees. It’s Bear’s first autumn, and he is both mesmerized and bewildered by the changing season. Naturally, the bear begins to grow sleepy, and after readying himself for hibernation, he sleeps away the winter and wakes to discover new baby buds on the trees. Simple and delightful, children will love the awestruck, innocent bear and his efforts to save the leaves!
Yellow Time, by Lauren Stringer: This joyful book celebrates that glorious yellow time, when leaves can no longer cling to their branches and instead fill the sky with their golden hues. Lyrical and beautiful, Stringer captures the sights, sounds and smells of the season, from the wet mud to the calling crows, as everyone gets ready to bid yellow time farewell before white time enters on its heels. Absolutely exquisite, from prose to illustrations to the wonder conveyed on every page.
Little Tree, by Loren Long: This is a forever favorite – a story that, in my opinion, is destined to become a classic. Little Tree focuses on a young tree who clings tightly to his leaves, too scared to shed them and transition into the new season. It doesn’t matter that all the trees around him are happy to change with each passing season. Little Tree thinks life is perfect and sees no reason to change his ways. But one fateful day, Little Tree realizes he has been left behind by all the trees who have grown up around him, and he knows a critical decision is on the horizon. How will he respond? This is a masterpiece – a perfect tale to help children recognize that fear of change is natural and daunting, but the reward is ultimately in the journey that helps us find our way.
Leaves: An Autumn Pop Up Book, by Janet Lawler, Yoojin Kim and illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott: This beautiful pop up book will mesmerize kids with its intricate details and gorgeous spreads. Weaving in factual information through interactive details, this book will have kids learning about the season and oohing and ahhing at the same time!
The Little Yellow Leaf, by Carin Berger: For kids who are scared of facing a great change, we love the way this book gently highlights one little yellow leaf’s fear of falling, and the scarlet leaf who helps him face a new challenge. This story conveys the changes that come as fall arrives and then fades into winter, with beautifully collaged illustrations highlighting the leaf’s loneliness and fear and the transition from fiery leaves to the barren, cold days that arrive with the first snow. Sometimes, change is easiest when faced with a friend, and this book helps kids see that having someone to help them may make jumping into the unknown a bit easier to bear.
Fall Mixed Up, by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Chad Cameron: Uh oh. Fall got all mixed up! In this charming and fun interactive read, kids are tasked with reading through the book and perusing the illustrations to determine where the story went wrong. From word play that takes us from “Septober” to “Octember,” from pictures that depict gloves and hats in all the wrong places, children delight in careful observation which reveals fun jokes and playful perspectives. Such fun for a classroom or one-on-one read aloud!
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