The Best Fall Picture Books for Kids
I don’t know what the weather is like where you are but fall came early here this year, we started having fall-like weather in the last two weeks of August!
I know that autumn means different things depending where you live, those in more southern regions don’t truly experience fall until the dead of winter while those who live farther north like I do experience it a lot sooner.
The transition from summer to fall is always one I welcome, I don’t enjoy being cold but I do enjoy wearing sweaters and curling up to read with a blanket.
This year I am trying to acknowledge and celebrate the seasons better with my children, and part of that is reading books that are applicable to the season. This list of picture books I am sharing today are some of our favorites when it comes to fall books.
If you have any books you would add to this list I would love for you to leave them in the comments at the bottom of the post!
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THE BEST AUTUMN PICTURE BOOKS
We love the Brambly Hedge books and I love that they have one for each season. Until now we’ve always gotten these from the library but I am going to purchase the collection this year because it’s a series I want to be able to read each year and pass down to my kids.
An Autumn Story – Brambly Hedge
Bad weather is on the way and the autumn stores are still not gathered in!
Quickly, all the mice of Brambly Hedge set to work to finish the harvesting before the rain begins. Primrose, Lord Woodmouse’s daughter, meant to help, but somehow she daydreamed her way over the cornfield and into the Chestnut Woods, and before she knew it, she was lost. The sun went down, the wind rose and it began to rain. Primrose was all alone in the dark and she was frightened.
Poor Primrose, would she find her way home again?
Truth be told, we read this book quite a while ago. I remember really loving it so I’ve requested it from the library again for another re-read.
Because of an Acorn
Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.
There is a whole Goodbye, Hello series and we are starting out with Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn. I love this idea of saying goodbye to one season and hello to another.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows–autumn is on its way!
Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.
This is actually a poetry book and the Flower Fairy poems are some of my favorites. This collection is another on my to-buy list this year, they are that good. It’s also a great addition to nature study.
Flower Fairies of the Autumn
Beautifully written and illustrated each poem focuses on a different autumn flower.
In a world that is no longer dependent on the seasons this book is a great reminder of how life used to be and makes me want to pull a bit of that back into my life.
Thus begins a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family. The oxcart man packs his goods – the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese.
He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market he sells his goods, one by one – even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again.
Fall is a great time to learn about leaves and this is the perfect book to take along for the adventure!
Learn about autumn leaves through a lyrical tale with illustrations and activities
With beautiful illustrations and a lyrical narrative, Virginia Snow takes children on a fun and educational adventure. Take a stroll through the woods and learn to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their shapes and autumn colors. At the end of the day, learn how to press the gathered leaves and how to make a leaf rubbing.
Fall fairs aren’t really a thing where I live but I love the idea of them! We also love Farmer Boy and this is a sweet adaptation of Almanzo’s time at the fair.
Adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy, it’s an exciting day for Almanzo as the Wilder family visits the county fair! There are contests, races, and good things to eat, and Almanzo can’t wait to see what the judges think of his special pumpkin.
This book is one of my favorites for teaching geography and apple pie is such a fall food, it’s a great combination!
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
An apple pie is easy to make . . . if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don’t forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.
And there you have it, our favorite fall books! The way the weather is going here my winter book list won’t be too far behind!