Between falling leaves and ripening pumpkins, what’s not to love about autumn? Visit your local library or click the links below to find these fabulous fall picture books.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
This simple book by Ehlert has gorgeous illustrations and informational text. Perfect for younger children, Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf details the life of a tree.
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
Gibbons is known for creating books that draw children in with beautiful illustrations and clear, factual information. The Pumpkin Book does not disappoint! It covers such information as types of pumpkins; the process of planting, growing, and harvesting pumpkins; the parts of a pumpkin seed; the history of this amazing squash; and so much more.
The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons
Once again Gibbons delivers a perfect book. She uses clear, bright diagrams and short but accurate paragraphs to explain why certain regions of the earth experience four seasons.
Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
“Yellow time comes before white time. Every time.” Stringer uses words and images alike to paint a picture of the final days of fall. The variety of color among the leaves has gone, along with many of the animals. The ones that are left are so busy preparing for winter that they don’t notice the beautiful yellow that remains. That is, except for the crows.
Apple Cider Making Days by Ann Purmell, illustrated by Joanne Friar
This tale follows two children as they pick apples for making cider on the family farm. Readers learn about the cider-making process in this charming and realistic story.
Autumn is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
Young children will enjoy chiming in with “Autumn is here!” as each page is turned. Between exclamations, Gray inserts classic hallmarks of the season, such as fallen acorns and the busy work of squirrels. The whimsical watercolor paintings that accompany the text are a perfect fit.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
In this charming book a young girl takes a walk through her town and nearby woods on a crisp fall day. She greets the plants and creatures she passes; they return her greeting and explain the changes they are undergoing now that it's autumn.
Autumnblings by Douglas Florian
Florian’s poetry is silly, surprising, and educational. In Autumnblings, which is all about fall, he covers a wide range of topics from apple picking to trick-or-treating to baseball.
Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
This book is a unique two-in-one—story and botany study. The story takes readers on a walk through the woods with a grandmother and her grandchildren. And, complementing the Montessori botany work beautifully, on each page a different tree is introduced along with a detailed picture displaying the shape of the tree’s leaves.
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Few things delight children in quite the same way as squirrels. They always seem to be having fun scampering around or energetically preparing for winter. This book lets children in on all the action as it describes the many tasks of this familiar neighborhood mammal.
We hope you enjoy our fall book suggestions. Let us know if you have any other fall favorites, and happy reading!