Summer may be hanging on and holding the cooler weather at bay, but, believe it or not, it is now officially autumn! Oh how we at BTBL cannot wait for those crisp days of fall filled with cider mills, pumpkins, changing leaves and the most perfect cuddle and reading weather! To help get you and your little one excited for the fall/autumn season we have put together a list of our favorite fall themed books!
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Change is not easy. Facing the unknown is even harder and this is especially true for children. A lone little yellow leaf just isn’t quite ready to let go of the branch on the giant oak tree as the other leaves have done. As autumn begins to turn to winter, he notices a flash of scarlet on a higher branch. The scarlet leaf invites the little yellow leaf to finally let go and with the gentle encouragement of his new friend, yellow leaf finally does.
Little Tree by Loren Long
Very similar to The Little Yellow Leaf, the little tree in this story is not ready to drop all of his leaves as the other trees have done when autumn comes. Year after year the little tree hangs on to his leaves, despite the encouragement of friendly forest creatures. As time goes on and all of the trees around him have grown strong and tall, the little tree realizes he must make a difficult decision. This is a powerful story about growing up and accepting the changes that life will inevitably bring.
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
This humorous story of a tree trying to change its colors in the fall will have the whole family giggling. Continuing with the difficulties of change theme, the tree in this story complains that all of the other seasons are easy, but fall presents a challenge as the tree goes through many different looks: a rainbow, a yellow smiley face, a hamburger and more! A truly fun read aloud!
*Extended activity: Print off coloring pages of trees and make your own
silly designs as seen in the story!
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Made of fallen leaves and with acorns for eyes, the Leaf Man flutters on the breeze in directions untold, to locations unknown, but one thing is for certain, “a Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.”
*Extended activity: Collect leaves, acorns, twigs and other natural
materials and make your own Leaf Man. Glue him to a piece of
paper and hang him up for all to see!
Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
Take a walk through the pages of this book and on the way learn to identify 24 different leaves by their unique shape and fall color. Then at the end of the rhythmic, rhyming story learn how to press your own leaves and even make a leaf rubbing. Get out there and start collecting!
Now It’s Fall by Lois Lenski
This timeless classic, originally published in 1948, perfectly captures all of the delights of autumn: going back to school (perhaps not exactly a delight of the season to all), the changing and falling leaves, and ripe apples and pumpkins. Rhyming text and enchanting illustrations make this a true gem that all children can relate to.
In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
Rhythmic, lyrical text and vibrant, bold illustrations expertly complement each other in this companion to When Spring Comes. None of the natural wonders of fall are overlooked; rather they are all brought to vivid life.
Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall by Anne Sibley O’Brien
“Leaves on trees/are green and bright/Abracadabra!/What a Sight”! Children will love becoming active participants in this simple, yet engaging story as they shout out the magic words that reveal different, captivating fall scenes, such as heading off to school, geese flying south, and pumpkins becoming jack-o-lanterns.
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka
Everything in this story is just as the title says: mixed up! If you are looking for a hilarious, engaging, rhyming picture book with striking, colorful illustrations, this story right here is it. It is sure to be a smash hit with your little one as they hear about all of the familiar fall things just with a slight twist, such as bears up in trees collecting nuts and squirrels flying south.
From Apple Trees to Cider Please by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Beginning with a mother and daughter out picking apples, going through pressing the apples to make cider and finishing up with an apple festival at the cider mill, this story presents a realistic account of the entire cider making process through rhyming text and colorful, detailed illustrations.
This is just a sampling of all of the great autumn/fall picture books on the market. Do you have a favorite fall themed picture book that isn't listed here? Please share with us in the comments below!
Happy reading and happy fall!
We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.