Best Books About Fall

With a chill to the air and a gorgeous array of colorful leaves, fall is one of our family’s favorite seasons. Every year it is a joy to break out books on this lovely season. Below is a collection of stories that celebrate the awe-inspiring autumn.

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 In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek, 2017

(Ages 2 – 6)

With simple, lyrical language and clear illustrations, this is the perfect book to use for a fall storytime. It eloquently describes elements of fall through its colorful leaves, chilled air, frisky squirrels, and apples that hang off trees like ornaments. This is a well written picture book that belongs in many preschool classrooms. Since it focuses on memories of fall, but ends with the upcoming winter, it provides a great prompt for what students can look forward to in the approaching season.

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Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, 2005

(Ages 2 – 7)

This is probably one of the most used books in classrooms during the fall season. Lois Ehlert’s signature collage-style artwork shines as she demonstrates the fun in using leaves to create animals, plants, and everyday objects. Perfect for reading aloud and inspiring children to create their own stories starring leaf creations.

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We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger; illustrated by Miki Sakamoto, 2008

(Ages 2 – 4)

With the sing-song text and story that begs children to get up and move around, this is an excellent choice for an active storytime for young listeners.

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Hocus Pocus It’s Fall by Anne Sibley O’Brien; illustrated by Susan Gal, 2016

(Ages 2 – 5)

Short rhyming text and fold-out pages reveal the magic of fall in this vibrant picture book that is another great choice to read aloud to preschool age children.

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Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre, 2017

(Ages 3 and up)

April Pulley Sayre’s stunning photographs paired with poetic language makes for one phenomenal book that beautifully captures the essence of the fall season.

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Leaves by David Ezra Stein, 2007

(Ages 2 – 6)

A young bear experiences his first fall and initially worries over the leaves falling from the trees. As he grows sleepy, however, he happily uses the leaves to create a cozy den to hibernate in. With simple text and engaging pictures, this is an excellent choice for a fall-themed storytime with young children.

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Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda, 2018

(Ages 3 – 6)

In this adorable interactive fall read, a hungry bunny needs readers’ help to reach an apple in a tree. My children love shaking, blowing, and tilting the book to help the little bunny, but most of all they love playing with the red ribbon that acts as the bunny’s scarf. The ribbon protrudes from the book and adds an entertaining tactile element.

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One Leaf, Two Leaves Count With Me! by John Micklos Jr. ; illustrated by Clive McFarland, 2017

(Ages 3 – 6)

This book takes readers on a seasonal journey as a young boy observes an oak tree growing and losing leaves. Brightly colored illustrations and rhyming text encouraging children to add and subtract leaves provides the perfect inspiration for effortlessly integrating math skills into fall fun.

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Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes  by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky ; illustrated by Susan Swan, 2015

(Ages 3 – 6)

Two children and their father visit a pumpkin patch where they find a myriad of shapes including rectangles, diamonds, and hexagons on the farm. Pumpkin picking is one of our favorite fall activities and my children and I had a blast hunting for shapes on our own visit to the farm after reading this book.

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The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry; illustrated by The Fan Brothers, 2019

(Ages 3 – 8)

All of the animals near the farm are frightened of Scarecrow and he braves each changing season alone. When a baby crow falls close by him, however, he nestles the fledgling in his hay where he thrives until the day he must migrate. Brokenhearted, the scarecrow faces another cold and lonely winter. When spring returns, so does the bird and this time the crow creates a nest with eggs, fortifying their unlikely friendship.

Beth Ferry’s lyrical rhymes are beautifully paired with stunning illustrations from The Fan Brothers, which expertly exhibit the exquisite landscape through the seasons. With themes of friendship, kindness, and empathy, this gorgeous book is sure to be popular in school and home libraries.  

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Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer, 2016

(Ages 3 – 7)

Lyrical language and lovely illustrations capture the beauty of leaves turning yellow in the fall.

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The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger, 2008

(Ages 3 – 6)

Beautiful collage-based illustrations showcase a little yellow leaf who is afraid to let go of its branch when winter comes. With the comfort of another leaf, he finds the courage to face his fears.

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Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert, 1991

(Ages 3 – 6)

This classic book shares the story of a child who purchases, plants, and relishes in the beauty of a maple tree.

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Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson; illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, 2006

(Ages 4 – 7)

I just adore this beautifully illustrated series about a charming little fox and his adventures learning about various seasons. In this installment, he tries to comfort a tree whose leaves first turn brown then fall off. Fletcher’s empathy and kindness toward the tree could not be sweeter and he is rewarded with a stunning surprise come winter.

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Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone, 2012???

(Ages 4 and up)

This nonfiction book is packed with fascinating fun facts and photographs of fall. Due to the amount of information presented, it is best for one-on-one sharing.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak, 2016

(Ages 3 – 6)

During a walk, a child greets elements of nature welcoming the changing season from summer to fall.

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Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, 2013

(Ages 4 – 8)

This quirky tale about a girl who adopts a squash as her best friend could not be more endearing or sweet. This is always one of my favorite read alouds to elementary age children during this time of year.

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Storm by Sam Usher, 2017

(Ages 4 – 8)

When a young boy wakes up to find a windy fall day, he and his grandfather search their house for their kite. Hints of whimsy fill the pages of this lovely seasonal story.

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