Our Favorite 40 Books to Read With Your Kids About Fall

Updated Apr. 23, 2019

When leaves change colors and the air turns cool and crisp it can mean only one thing... it's fall! Picking apples and pumpkins, jumping in leaves, baking pies, going for hayrides and so much more accompany this fantastic season—what's your favorite part? We've compiled a list of some of our favorite fall books to share with you to get you fully in the spirit of the season. Enjoy!

Little Home Bird book
#1
Little Home Bird
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Grammy

This lovely story about Little Home Bird captures perfectly attachment to the familiar, the uncertainty of going to a new place. I love that Little Bird goes with the flow and figures out what she can do to be comfortable with the new situation. The beautiful illustrations are saturated with color. I especially love that LIttle Home Bird's new home is just as colorful as the one she is used to and that the favorite things she carries toward her new home become favorites for others along the way. Reading this story could spark wonderful conversations about what we each love best about our homes and about what makes a house a home.

Little Bird loves everything about his home. He's surrounded by his favourite branch, his favourite food, his favourite view and his favourite music. Why on earth would he ever want to change, even when his brother tells him that they must? Discover how Little Bird ends up finding happiness in his new home from home in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Perfect for all children who love home, however many they may have.

My Pet Giraffe book
#2
My Pet Giraffe
Written and illustrated by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Cute illustrations, great rhymes, and sweet little premise. It's a super fast read that's also highly enjoyable. I love this whole series (My Pet Giraffe, My Pet Penguins, & My Pet Polar Bear), but this one specifically highlights the wonders of fall!

Giraffes make the best pets! Follow a little girl and boy and their pet giraffe as they spy, dress up for Halloween, and play hide-and-seek!

Sophie's Squash book
#3
Sophie's Squash
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Sophie's grocery turns into her best friend, and later, her new squash plant! This cute story about an unexpected garden is so fun and I love that Sophie turns the squash into her friends by drawing faces on them.

"Perfect for the fall season, Sophie's Squash is a delightful story of friendship and imagination." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes.... What's a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble? The recipient of four starred reviews, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Sophie's Squash will be a fresh addition to any collection of autumn books.

In November book
#4
In November
Written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Jill Kastner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Describes the autumn activities and traditions that November's cooling temperatures bring.

The Little Scarecrow Boy book
#5
The Little Scarecrow Boy
Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by David Diaz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The Little Scarecrow Boy is the lightest and brightest picture book from one of the most renowned children's writers ever: Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Caldecott winner David Diaz's illustrations burst with sunshine, and Brown's words reveal the quiet glory of a boy on the brink of growing up, full of curiosity and life. Ages 3 – 7

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever book
#6
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
Written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Two mice, a village mouse and a field mouse, unwittingly care for the same pumpkin and have different plans for it until they finally meet.

Little Elliot, Fall Friends book
#7
Little Elliot, Fall Friends
Written and illustrated by Mike Curato
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Fall Mixed Up book
#8
Fall Mixed Up
Written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Chad Cameron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is pretty silly, but perhaps geared towards older children who will enjoy the humor rather than simply being confused! The illustrations are fun, and it goes through lots of aspects of fall, from changing leaves, to animals' preparations for winter, to Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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

Tractor Mac Harvest Time book
#9
Tractor Mac Harvest Time
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When the nights start to get cooler and the corn is ready for picking, it's time for autumn fun at the farm! Tractor Mac loves the fall, but he's just too big for the orchard, where he is stuck harvesting apples that Farmer Bill will make into delicious treats. Across the road, Small Fred the tractor is busy with the Pumpkin Picking Festival, but he's just too small to pull all of the people who want to go on a hayride. Working together, Tractor Mac and Small Fred figure out a way to share their chores and share the fun.

The Scarecrow's Hat book
#10
The Scarecrow's Hat
Written and illustrated by Ken Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Chicken thinks Scarecrow's hat will make a nice nest, but first she must swap with Badger, Crow, Sheep, Owl, and Donkey.

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin book
#11
Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin
Written and illustrated by Tad Hills
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

After seeing Thistle carrying a pumpkin, Duck and Goose decide they must find one for themselves and search in such places as in a log, in a tree, and under the water. On board pages.

The Busy Little Squirrel book
#12
The Busy Little Squirrel
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tafuri
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down? Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn. Now available as a sturdy board book, the newly redesigned Classic Board Book logo calls out this title's seasonal theme on the front cover.

Mouse's First Fall book
#13
Mouse's First Fall
Written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Buket Erdogan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Lauren Thompson and Bucket Erdogan show what makes fall so much fun in Classic Board Book edition of Mouse's First Fall!

When the Leaf Blew In book
#14
When the Leaf Blew In
Written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Kellie Lewis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Simple, repetitive text and expressive illustrations tell an autumn story about the way one leaf turns an entire barnyard upside down.

Pumpkin Pumpkin book
#15
Pumpkin Pumpkin
Written and illustrated by Jeanne Titherington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Jamie plants a pumpkin seed in the spring and, after watching it grow all summer, carves a face in it for Halloween! But best of all, he saves some seeds that he will plant again next spring. "Truly a book for all seasons."--Horn Book.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! book
#16
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!
Written and illustrated by Lucille Colandro
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A twist on the classic tale of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" takes the story even further as the lady goes about swallowing up a variety of elements of autumn, including some leaves, a pumpkin, and some hay.

Apples and Pumpkins book
#17
Apples and Pumpkins
Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In preparation for Halloween night, a family visits Mr. Comstock's farm to pick apples and pumpkins.

The Little Yellow Leaf book
#18
The Little Yellow Leaf
Written and illustrated by Carin Berger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf thinks, I'm not ready yet. As the seasons change all around, Little Yellow Leaf holds on to the tree. Still not ready. Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready? This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown—and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.

Leaf Man book
#19
Leaf Man
Written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him, in a fresh, autumn tale with illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas. Jr Lib Guild.

Fall book
#20
Fall
Written and illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Children describe their favorite things to do during the fall, from collecting acorns to baking pies.

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt book
#21
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt
Written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Miki Sakamoto
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Three children go on a leaf hunt, climbing a mountain, traveling through a forest, going around a waterfall, and crossing a lake in search of leaves from different trees before an unexpected peril makes them turn back.

Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear book
#22
Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear
Written and illustrated by Monica Carnesi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Grammy

Although their friendship gets off to a rough start, Beatrice and Bear become great friends. The illustrations in ink and watercolor are bold and energetic. Beatrice is especially excitable, it's easy to see her energy against the backdrop of Bear's hibernation. In spite of Beatrice's assertion that "bunnies are great hibernators," it just isn't in her DNA. With a little help from squirrel, Beatrice survives the winter without Bear. The story celebrates friendship in all its forms: early stages, rocky stages, getting to know one another, sharing interests and taking turns, patience, separation, thoughtfulness, reunion. Hurrah for Beatrice and Bear (and squirrel)!

Beatrice & Bear meet one spring day and become best buddies. They play together through summer and fall. Then winter comes and Beatrice can't find Bear anywhere. She hears he's gone to hibernate -- but where on earth is that? When Beatrice learns that hibernation is not a place and that Bear will be sleeping all winter long, she fears it will be a lonely season...unless she can come up with a brilliant plan. This delightful story of an irrepressible bunny will engage readers on many levels as it celebrates creativity, making the best of circumstances, and the joy of the changing seasons.

Tap the Magic Tree book
#23
Tap the Magic Tree
Written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This is such a fun, interactive book to enjoy with a little reader. The Magic Tree will certainly appear magic to young readers as their tapping, shaking, and patting help the tree move through the new buds of spring, to the crisp apples of summer, and the bright leaves of fall.

The acclaimed interactive picture book about the changing seasons. “Like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, Matheson’s Tap the Magic Tree proves you don’t need apps for interactivity,” praised the New York Times. Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss

How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World book
#24
How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World
Written by Marjorie Priceman and illustrated by T. Gates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A recipe and a trip 'round the world, all rolled up in one delicious package of a picture book! I love the tiny little introduction this book provides to a variety of different cultures from France to Sri Lanka as the little collects her ingredients, as well as the different homespun techniques required to create baking ingredients from their rawest forms. You'll definitely want to make your own apple pie after reading this one... you'll just have to hope your local market is open!

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. Includes recipe.

Through the Forest in Fall book
#25
Through the Forest in Fall
Written and illustrated by Anne Passchier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Winter is almost here—and it’s time for all the animals in the forest to get ready for the cold. Squirrel gathers nuts, furry Fox makes sure his den is nice and cozy for the family, and all the birds line their nests with feathers and moss. The clever see-through element will delight readers as they spy sweet details in Anne Passchier’s charming illustrations.

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