Fall/Autumn

Here you will find all our favorite fall books, there are so many great ones!! Maybe I just love fall.


Acorns

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer, Adam Schaefer, & Frann Preston-Gannon
This book somehow simply explains the complex ideas of ecosystems and nature’s connectedness, alongside beautifully, earthy illustrations, which provide so much to look at and discuss with toddlers. There is so much you can do with this book through elementary school.

The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado
Although this is aimed for a slightly older elementary/middle school crowd, my 4 year old sat spellbound by this story. A little acorn, afraid of letting go, is told by his mother that God has given him a purpose in life, and it is up to him to grow and become just what he was meant to be, in this case an oak tree. This book gently conveys the powerful message that everyone is created by God for a special purpose.


Scarecrows

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry & The Fan Brothers – A visually stunning, heartfelt tale about an old scarecrow who learns to care. All the woodland animals are frightened of old man scarecrow, until a baby crow lands by his feet. What transpires is a beautiful friendship that lasts through the seasons. The rhythmic text is a delight to read aloud, and is without misstep.

Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant & Lauren Stringer – Everything about a scarecrow is borrowed; nothing is his own, except his time. It is miraculous what a scarecrow gets to observe as he stands guard in the field all day. We may all learn something from the happy scarecrow in this story.

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown & David Diaz – Little Scarecrow Boy longs for the day he can accompany his father to the fields to scare crows. He finally decides he’s going to have to run away to do it. When he comes head to head with a crow, he discovers what it takes to be the fiercest scarecrow in the field.

The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown – When a chicken decides she wants a scarecrow’s hat, she comes up with a clever way to help herself, and her farmyard pals each get what they most desire.


Fall Leaves

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson & Tiphanie Beeke – Concerned his beloved tree is sick, Fletcher tries his hardest to keep its leaves from falling. Only when he admits defeat does Fletcher find allowing for change isn’t always a bad thing. This one can teach us all a thing or two.

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer – A lyrical poem, accompanied by bright, playful illustrations about the magical time of year when leaves, and the world, turn yellow.

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger & Miki Sakamoto – A fun play on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt where 3 children go on a hike to find autumn leaves. They come up against a few obstacles and ultimately come face to face with a skunk. Repetitive text engages youngsters, while accurate leaf names/pictures help teach about nature.

Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves’ Hidden Colors by Mia Posada – a stunning nonfiction picture book about why leaves change color with the seasons. The colors are stunning, and the information presented in a conversational way. Outstanding pick for fall.


General Fall

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kennard Pak – As a little girl walks through her world, she says hello to all the changes she observes as summer slips into autumn. The illustrations alone make this book worth reading and rereading. The conversational tone of the text draws children of all ages in.

In the Middle of Fall by Keven Henkes & Laura Dronzek – Bold paintings show the vibrant colors of fall, while simple, lyrical text describes how the middle weeks of fall look and feel. This one truly puts you right in the middle of fall.


Poetry

Autumnblings by Douglas Florian – a collection of fun, short poems perfect for youngsters about the pleasures and drawbacks of fall. Florian does all his own illustrations, which also delight young readers. He has a collection of poems for each season of the year.

Most of these books can be found in my Bookshop Shop here.



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