10 Terrific Fall Books to Read Aloud

Nothing beats the fall season when it comes to books and reading. It’s the season for the release of some of the biggest books of the year, for the selection of prestigious book awards, and as the air turns crisp and the leaves become a beautiful collage of color, a season to cozy up inside with a warm cider and a tall stack of books.

When it comes to kids books, there are some really terrific picture books to enjoy in the fall. With touching stories about unlikely friendships, creative autumn poetry, and warm autumnal color palettes, these books are especially great for reading aloud and enjoying together with your young reader.

So pour a warm drink, grab a blanket, and enjoy some time reading aloud together this fall. And if you enjoy this list, check out our full list of the best fall kids books.

The Scarecrow book
#1
The Scarecrow
Written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by The Fan Brothers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A Junior Library Guild Selection and Indie Next List Pick

“An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers (The Night Gardener) present a gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share.

This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others—a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come.

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing.…

He saves the tiny baby crow.

Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

“A welcome addition to autumnal storytelling.”—Kirkus

“A novel twist on the theme of love between adversaries.” —Publishers Weekly

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn book
#2
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
Written and illustrated by Kenard Pak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Oak Leaf book
#3
Oak Leaf
Written by John Sandford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

An artistic picture book about an autumn leaf’s journey that beautifully evokes the season A lone autumn leaf falls and flies away on a breeze. It travels up and over the world and down again—where it finally lands on the page of a little girl’s open book and becomes a keepsake.

Leaves book
#4
Leaves
Written by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Readers of all ages will enjoy the timeless wonder of autumn leaves in this amazing new pop-up book from paper engineer Yoojin Kim―her first―teamed with award-winning author Janet Lawler and artist Lindsay Dale-Scott. This book, which can be considered a seasonal companion with Jumping Jack Press’ all-time best seller and award winning, Snowflakes, includes amazing pop-ups, educational information, and delightful interactive elements that offer change and surprise on every page in this lyrical look at Autumn.

Fall Mixed Up book
#5
Fall Mixed Up
Written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Chad Cameron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

The delights of autumn are described in mixed-up verse and illustrations, and the reader is challenged to uncover the errors.

  1. Autumnblings - What do you like about autumn? Flying kites? Apple picking? Trick or treat? Frisbee flicking? What do you not like about autumn? Back to school? Winds that gust? Bare trees? Rains that rust? This collection of poems and paintings welcomes fall with all the crisp energy of a joyful tumbling run. A companion volume to the highly praised Winter Eyes and Summersaults, Autumnblings proves once again that Douglas Florian is a poet for all seasons.

  2. The Scarecrow's Hat - A resourceful chicken seeks the help of her farm animal friends to solve a problem, while giving something of herself along the way. Chicken really admires Scarecrow’s hat. Scarecrow would gladly trade his hat for a walking stick to rest his tired arms. Chicken doesn’t have a walking stick to trade―but she knows someone who does. This begins her quest to find items to trade among her farm friends, all to obtain a walking stick to swap for Scarecrow’s hat. But why does Chicken want an old straw hat? With bright watercolors and a gentle tone to keep readers captivated, this clever story written and illustrated by Ken Brown poses a problem and offers a creative solution that young children will delight in discovering.

  3. Little Elliot, Fall Friends - It’s autumn in the Big City! Little Elliot and Mouse love the hustle and bustle of the city streets. But sometimes it feels like there are too many people, too many noises—just too much! The best friends decide to get out of town for a vacation in the countryside. There, they’ll discover the sights and smells of autumn in the country. Everything is more fun when shared with a friend!

  4. Hungry Bunny - It’s fall, which means it’s the perfect time for mama’s apple pie. The only problem? These apples are hard to reach! But Bunny has some ideas. Young readers will delight in using the red ribbon to help Bunny reach new heights and pick those tasty apples. But the fun doesn’t end there! Readers will also rock the book back and forth and turn it round and round for a one-of-a-kind roller-coaster adventure on Bunny’s way home. Claudia Rueda shakes up the reading experience once again in this delightful sequel to Bunny Slopes.

Yellow Time book
#10
Yellow Time
Written by Lauren Stringer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter.

Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.

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