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The Best Children's Books to Read in Fall

When leaves change colors and the air turns cool and crisp it can mean only one thing . . . another fall season has arrived! While we're always a little sad to see summer come to an end, we quickly get excited about the approaching autumn. Picking apples and pumpkins, jumping in leaves, baking pies, going for hayrides and so much more accompany this fantastic season—and of course, lots and lots of reading!

We've compiled a list of some of our favorite autumn stories to share with you to get you fully in the spirit of the season. This list includes the best fall read alouds as well as some of our favorite picture books sharing stories about fall. We also list chapter books that make the best fall reading or have fall themes.

You can filter our list by book type, whether board book, picture book, or chapter book. What would you add to the list?

Frankenstein book
#1
Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

I think this might be the chef d'oeuvre of the whole BabyLit series. As a fan of Mary Shelley's original novel, I think this take on it is clever and hilarious. To my kids, it's a cute book about body parts, made extra fun by featuring a funny-looking monster. It's a win all around!

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.

Little Home Bird book
#2
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.

The Widow's Broom book
#3
The Widow's Broom
Written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.

My Pet Giraffe book
#4
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!

Too Many Pumpkins book
#5
Too Many Pumpkins
Written by Linda White and illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rebecca Estelle, an old woman who has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl and her family had nothing else to eat, finds herself with a full crop of them.

  1. The Monsters' Monster - B is for Bookworm - I really love this book, especially for Halloween time! It's my favorite Halloween book, and I love it every time I read it. Great for kids because it shows that monsters aren't all scary, and promotes saying thank you! The illustrations are fun, too. :)

  2. Even Monsters Need Haircuts - B is for Bookworm - I love this book! It's great for Halloween, of course, but this book is one that's still fun to read all year long, especially if your little one is getting ready for a haircut. It's funny and the story is great! The only thing I'd mention is *spoiler* that there is one monster who looks like a normal person but takes his head off, so I'd just be wary of that if your child might be sensitive to that or monsters, in general.

  3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

  4. Monster & Son - Mr. Staccato - Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author's incorporation of language such as "chase you into bed" and "gobbled down a snack" that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.

Room on the Broom book
#10
Room on the Broom
Written and illustrated by Julia Donaldson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from Grammy

This might seem like a Halloween book but its message is a good one year round. The rhyming text is consistent and clever and the colorful and humorous illustrations are sure to delight. The generous witch earns some loyalty from her new-found friends who return the favor in an unexpected way leading to a clever turn of events at the end. It is long for young listeners, but worth the time if they have the attention span for a longer read.

The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a full-size board book, perfect for sharing with little ones! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

Seeking a Witch book
#11
Seeking a Witch
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Allie Smith
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is one of my very favorite Halloween board books, complete with snazzy rhymes and brightly colored illustrations featuring all of your favorite Halloween creatures from goblins to vampires that still manage to look as cute as ghouls can be. My toddler asks for this one again and again, even when it's not Halloween... although I personally think it's better come October.

From bestselling author Angela DiTerlizzi comes a lighthearted and spooky Halloween board book perfect for little trick-or-treaters! We’re seeking a witch And everyone knows Your skin must be green A wart on your nose Should travel by broom. Wear a tall pointy hat Love eye of newt Adore your black cat Join two trick-or-treaters on Halloween night as they go on a haunted adventure to find the perfect witch.

Sophie's Squash book
#12
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.

Boo-La-La Witch Spa book
#13
Boo-La-La Witch Spa
Written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Isabel Roxas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Such a fun combination of spooky witch and spa elements with adorable illustrations that ramp up the cute factor on all of the witchy elements (hags, spiders, werewolves, toadstools, etc.). The off-the-tongue-tripping rhymes are fun and add silliness and humor that ensures this is a fully light-hearted book.

Spooky meets silly in this unique Halloween story about a witch’s night out at the fa-BOO Witch Spa! Halloween is the most important day of the year for any witch. So when the holiday ends and the witches are tired from tricking and treating, they all head to the fa-boo Witch Spa. Here they indulge in Bat-Whisker Tea, Broom Bristle Facials, and other spooky spa goodies. A trip to the Witch Spa is sure to make any witch or warlock feel refreshed, revived, and positively revolting. Charming illustrations, clever rhymes, and silly spa treatments make this a fun Halloween book with mega mom appeal.

Just Say Boo! book
#14
Just Say Boo!
Written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Jed Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The watercolor illustrations in this book are gorgeous, and it gives kids a coping mechanism for what to do if they're scared on Halloween... just say "Boo!" I like that the illustrations switch back and forth between the scarier version of the children's first perception and what they discover the reality to be as they face their fears and that the siblings all stick together and help each other out.

If three dinosaurs roar when you open your door, what do you say? "Boo!" of course! In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to say in every Halloween situation. From rattling bones to ghostly footsteps, Susan captures all the best scares of the season—and teaches just the right way to dispel fears in favor of fun. Jed Henry's lustrous watercolors add the perfect crisp chill to this fall-weather story. For if a skeleton groans as she rattles her bones, what do you say?

  1. Stumpkin - Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

  2. Herbert's First Halloween - Herbert is deeply doubtful about his first Halloween—but with a little help from his dad and a special tiger costume, Herbert might just find confidence on Halloween night. Together, father and son practice roaring, carve a pumpkin, and venture out in search of candy. And by the end of the night, Herbert finds his doubts have melted away. A sweet introduction to Halloween and to being brave, this book is sure to delight the youngest of trick-or-treaters.

  3. Big Pumpkin - The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine. It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day. How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised!

  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.

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin book
#19
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 Scarecrow's Hat book
#20
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.

Little Elliot, Fall Friends book
#21
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!

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever book
#22
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.

Fall Mixed Up book
#23
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.

  1. The Little Scarecrow Boy - 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

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

  3. Tractor Mac Harvest Time - 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.

  4. South - When a little bird awakens to find that all of his friends and family have gone south for the winter, it takes a surprising friendship with Mooch the cat to help him find his way. This is a wordless and profoundly moving story--by the creator of the beloved comic strip Mutts--that explores being lost and found, crossing boundaries, saying goodbye, and broadening horizons.

Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! book
#28
Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear!
Written by N. M. Bodecker and illustrated by Erik Blegvad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A woman frantically rushes to prepare for the fast-approaching winter while her husband sits idly by.

Dracula book
#29
Dracula
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The illustrations for BabyLit books are oh-so-cute always and this one is no exception. I haven't read the classic Dracula, so this one doesn't draw me in as much as the classics I'm familiar with (Pride & Prejudice, I'm looking at you), but it's the perfect book for Halloween.

Meet 2 friends, Mina and Lucy, and the 5 heroes who try to save them from the dreaded Count Dracula in Dracula: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Make sure you’re wearing a necklace of 10 garlic flowers as you count wolves, ships, tombstones, and boxes full of soil in this witty retelling of Little Master Stoker’s classic gothic tale.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything book
#30
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

‘A clever reworking of a classic story. The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations. A great purchase.’ —SLJ. Children's Choices for 1987 (IRA/CBC) Notable 1986 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) Children's Books of 1986 (Library of Congress) 1988 Keystone to Reading Book Award (Pennsylvania Reading Association)

Spooky Pookie book
#31
Spooky Pookie
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Pookie gets dressed up for Halloween in this silly board book from beloved and bestselling author and illustrator Sandra Boynton. It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!

Where's Boo? book
#32
Where's Boo?
Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from Grammy

This is a sweet book for the 2-3 year-old set. Halloween themed, it is a good exercise in predictability and expectation featuring a cute cat and her friends.

Where's Boo? is a guessing game in board book form. Very young readers will love searching for Boo the black cat among familiar Halloween characters and objects—and finding something unexpected instead. Each page offers a hint of Boo, but it isn't until the last page that readers will find him. And when they do, they'll want to start all over and do it again!

  1. Eek! Halloween! - Boynton celebrates Halloween! A new addition to the Boynton on Board series, with over 21 million copies sold, Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween. It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”

  2. Leaves - 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.

  3. Flower Fairies of the Autumn - Experience the beauty and the magic of Cicely Mary Barker’s famous Flower Fairies, with a new edition of Flower Fairies of the Autumn. The magic and loveliness of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies, newly rejacketed and updated with a contemporary look, is a perfect gift for Flower Fairies fans and a new generation of readers. First published in the 1920s, Cicely Mary Barker’s original Flower Fairies books have been loved for generations. The book features poems and full-color illustrations of over 20 flowers and their guardian fairies.

  4. The Busy Little Squirrel - 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
#37
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!

Pumpkin Pumpkin book
#38
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.

When the Leaf Blew In book
#39
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.

Ten Little Monsters book
#40
Ten Little Monsters
Written by Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Ten little monsters set off in search of adventure. But what will the ten little monsters do when they meet a howling werewolf, a giant spider and other scaries in the night? A monster stomp of a book with lots of things to spot and count on every page, this noisy rhyming story from the creators of the bestselling Ten Little Pirates is perfect for sharing again and again - at Halloween, or indeed at any time of the year! Now in a chunky board book format, perfect for little hands to hold. Praise for Ten Little Pirates: 'A rollicking read with an easy rhythm and jaunty illustrations . . . an excellent addition to books that help with counting.' Guardian 'Ties together its counting lessons and bobbing rhymes with intricate neatness . . . Lots of humorous details to discover on every page.' Time Out 'Hilarious. Will have both child and reader laughing out loud.' Angels & Urchins 'This book is wonderful.' Child-Led Chaos

Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat book
#41
Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat
Written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In another adorable story starring Eileen Christelow's mischievous and beloved monkeys, these five silly monkeys go trick-or-treating and fun chaos ensues! Now in paperback. "Another winner." --School Library Journal Five little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They're going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu. Mama reminds her, "Don't lose the rascals!" But soon those mischievous monkeys meet other costumed friends and decide to try "the best Halloween trick ever!" Will Lulu be fooled? Or will the five little rascals get tricked by their own monkey business? Vibrant, silly, and perfect for reading aloud, this non-scary Halloween story will delight fans of this best-selling series. Includes recipes for "eyeballs" and "worm juice" for kids to try at home.

  1. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! - 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.

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

  3. The Little Yellow Leaf - 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.

  4. Autumn - Just in time for autumn, David A. Carter delivers the third book in his pop-up book series about the seasons. Each spread has a brief verse and depicts flora and fauna commonly found during the fall. Pictures of turkeys, wheat, pumpkins, sage, and more are labeled with simple text, making the book easy for young readers to understand and enjoy. David A. Carter is an American author and illustrator. He is best known for his pop-up books for both children and adults. David Carter's Bugs series has sold more than six million copies. He lives in Auburn, California. Visit Carter at cartermultimedia.us.com.

Autumnblings book
#46
Autumnblings
Written and illustrated by Douglas Florian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Walk and See: 123 book
#47
Walk and See: 123
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This elegant counting board book will teach little ones all about nature. The talented Rosalind Beardshaw's beautiful illustrations and visual storytelling follow two children on an autumnal day in the countryside, bringing a narrative feel to this simple book for very young readers. The second in a series of seasonal concept books, this is a board book to visit again and again.

Leaf Man book
#48
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
#49
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
#50
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.

  1. The Scarecrow - 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

  2. Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear - 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)!

  3. Tap the Magic Tree - 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.

  4. How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World - 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!

Fairy Friends: Seasons book
#55
Fairy Friends: Seasons
Written and illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Fairy Friends Be the first to review this product From the creators of BabyLit® . . . Parents and children alike will be swept away by the whimsical imaginings of Merilee Liddiard’s Fairy Friends: A Seasons Primer. Springtime fairies are robed in flower petals, summer sprites float on leaves, autumn fairies gather falling leaves, and winter fairies skate on ice. Discover, play, and spark your imagination at any time of year with Fairy Friends' enchanting illustrations to lead the way.

Froggy Picks a Pumpkin book
#56
Froggy Picks a Pumpkin
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy and friends enjoy a back-to-school ritual: a trip to the pumpkin patch. Froggy can't wait to pick a pumpkin. He plans to carve a jack-o'-lantern and make a pumpkin pie. Prizes are given for the biggest, smallest, and prettiest pumpkin, but when Froggy trips and smashes his pumpkin, he takes home a special prize--for the ugliest pumpkin!

Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here book
#57
Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends return in a jacketed hardcover about the seasonal changes of autumn. Fergie the calf does not like change, so when his pleasant routine on Stony Meadow Farm begins to change as summer turns to autumn. Fergie is not happy. Luckily his pals on the farm help him acclimate to, and even embrace, the change of seasons.

Through the Forest in Fall book
#58
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.

A Year with the Wind book
#59
A Year with the Wind
Written and illustrated by Hanna Konola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Charming illustrations and fun, engaging rhymes will enchant toddlers as they learn about the wind; holding kites high in the spring, pushing sailboats in the summer, tossing leaves around in the fall, and making snowflakes dance in the winter. Hanna Konola's illustrations are popular the world over.

  1. Hedgehugs: Autumn Hide-and-Squeak - Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs and the very best of friends. Together they make shadow puppets, follow slimy snail trails, and search for spider webs. One autumn day they are watching the leaves fall from the trees when they hear a squeak . . . Could it be a new friend to play with?

  2. Tree - Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree—baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, and finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill—until another year begins… . Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about the seasons and how a forest and its inhabitants change throughout the year.

  3. Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party - "There's a party at Mr. Pumpkin's tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we'll see and we'll find ghoulish delights of every kind." You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party--a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

  4. Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves - One autumn evening, Little Redbird settled down for one last sleep before flying south for winter. As she slept, a strong gust of wind shook her from her cozy nest . . . . . . Little Redbird hurts her wing and misses her chance to fly south for the winter. As she searches for a new home amongst the trees, she begins to realize that not all trees are fit for the winter cold. As more and more trees refuse her shelter, too preoccupied with their preparations for the frost, Little Redbird fears the worst. That is, until she comes across a friendly bunch of evergreens. In the spirit of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince, Why Evergreens Keep Their Leavesis a timeless story of kindness and why the fir, spruce, and juniper trees are evergreen all winter long.

Diwali book
#64
Diwali
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Learn all about the traditions of Diwali with this third book in the delightful board book series Celebrate the World, which highlights special occasions and holidays across the globe. Each autumn we gather with our friends and family and light our brightest lanterns. It’s time for Diwali, the festival of lights! In this lovely board book with illustrations from Archana Sreenivasan, readers learn that the five days of Diwali are a time to pray for a bountiful season, celebrate the special bonds between siblings, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

Hello, Fall! book
#65
Hello, Fall!
Written and illustrated by Deborah Diesen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a sweet book about a grandfather and granddaughter enjoying all of the delights of fall together, along with each other's company. This book is definitely more of a celebration of fall than it is a story, but the pictures and sentiments are enjoyable and cute!

A grandparent and child recall the beautiful and wonderful sights and sounds of a fall day spent together.

Pumpkin Soup book
#66
Pumpkin Soup
Written and illustrated by Helen Cooper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

By the Kate Greenaway Medalist Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn't long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper's delightful story will resonate for an child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

Oak Leaf book
#67
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.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves book
#68
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
Written by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves in the fall, Fletcher the fox worries that it is sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him.

  1. Emily Dickinson - Let your children discover the works of poet Emily Dickinson in "Emily Dickinson." As the premier title in the Poetry for Kids series, " Emily Dickinson" introduces children to the works of poet Emily Dickinson. Poet, professor, and scholar Susan Snively has carefully chosen 35 poems of interest to children and their families. Each poem is beautifully illustrated by Christine Davenier and thoroughly explained by an expert. The gentle introduction, which is divided into sections by season of the year, includes commentary, definitions of important words, and a foreword.

  2. When Green Becomes Tomatoes - december 29 and i woke to a morning that was quiet and white the first snow (just like magic) came on tip toes overnight Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano's skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad's charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.

  3. Samurai Scarecrow - It is Halloween, and Yukio is excited to celebrate! But whatever Yukio does, his younger sister Kashi follows. When Yukio carves a pumpkin, Kashi carves a similar one. When Yukio maps out his trick-or-treat route, Kashi maps the same one. But when Kashi goes too far, Yukio says some things he doesn’t really mean.

  4. Outside Your Window - Introduces the sights and sounds of the changing seasons, along city streets and in country meadow.

Adventures with Barefoot Critters book
#73
Adventures with Barefoot Critters
Written and illustrated by Teagan White
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A seasonal romp through the alphabet features a cast of adorable animal characters who gather honey in the springtime, build cozy campfires in the fall and share other indoor and outdoor activities that correspond with their letters.

Apple Farmer Annie book
#74
Apple Farmer Annie
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

A new format for a yummy fall favorite Filled with bright primary colors and pictures of America’s favorite fruit, Wellington’s enticing story follows Annie, a busy apple farmer. She picks, counts, sorts, bakes tasty treats, and sells her best apples. Already successful in hardcover and paperback, Apple Farmer Annie in board book format is one that young tots will find absolutely irresistible.

Don't Push the Button! Halloween book
#75
Don't Push the Button! Halloween
Written and illustrated by Bill Cotter
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Halloween is finally here, and Larry is going trick-ortreating. With your help, who knows what kind of crazy candy surprises are in store! All you have to do is push the doorbell… Uh-oh.

Squirrel Round and Round book
#76
Squirrel Round and Round
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang’s bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations. Squirrel is busy all year long, from one season into the next and back again. Birds feed their babies in spring, fireflies wink on a summer night, yellow leaves flutter in fall, and squirrel makes fresh tracks in winter’s snow. Look for an explanation of tonal marks at the end of the story, along with a pinyin translation of the Chinese characters.

Hello Autumn! book
#77
Hello Autumn!
Written and illustrated by Shelley Rotner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Green leaves are turning colors. . . . Maple seeds twirl to the ground. . . . Animals get ready for the cold days ahead." A simple text and vivid photographs show children the changes in animals, plants, and landscapes that occur during fall. Leaves change, animals prepare for winter, and people celebrate autumn holidays as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter. Suitable for young readers, the simple text introduces a number of important concepts-- such as hibernation, migration, and seed dispersal-- in clear terms, without too much detail. For older readers, a brief author's note at the end expands on several concepts. Shelley Rotner's energetic photographs of diverse children add vitality and warmth to this celebration of the season, capturing the brilliance of the autumn sky, the saturation of autumn leaves, and the joy of kids interacting with the natural world. Follow the changing seasons through the year with the rest of the Hello Seasons! series.

  1. My Leaf Book - The brilliant colors of fall foliage take center stage in this picture book perfect for fans of the classic Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.With her trademark bold, graphic style Monica Wellington has created a picture book about autumn, trees, and leaves.aaWhen the seasons change, a young girl visits the arboretum to collect fallen leaves and make a book with them. Brilliant illustrations show each variety of tree the girl encounters, from the common oak to the lesser known gingko.a Spreads silhouetting leaves up-close help young children learn to identify them. Like the girl in the book, young readers will be eager to make their very own leaf books.

  2. One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! - This playful counting book shares the colorful highlights of the four seasons in charming illustrations. Count your way through the seasons! In spring, the tree’s leaves appear, one by one. By summer, there’s a glorious canopy. And when autumn winds blow, leaves fly from the tree, one after another, leading us into winter. There’s a world of activity to spy in and around this beautiful tree as the wild creatures, and one little boy, celebrate the cycles of nature. As little ones count leaves, look for animals, and enjoy the changing seasonal landscape, bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy—corresponding numerals reinforcing the learning fun.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Day! - A touch-and-feel book that celebrates Thanksgiving and encourages gratitude for blessings in a child's life. In this new touch-and-feel board book, textures and bright artwork bring to life the things children experience at Thanksgiving. The narrator lists things for which he or she is thankful. Tactile experiences throughout the book engage the reader and help children to connect the book to the textures in their actual surroundings. Soft, vibrant watercolor illustrations add warmth and sweetness to the book.

  4. Martha the Little Mouse - When the Autumn Queen ushers in a big storm, and little Martha Mouse is swept away by the big wind, it is up to the Superfairies to rescue her.

Good Night, Wind book
#82
Good Night, Wind
Written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Maelle Doliveux
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After working hard through the fall and winter, Wind is ready for a nap but after being turned away time and again he becomes angry.

Leaf Jumpers book
#83
Leaf Jumpers
Written by Carole Gerber and illustrated by Leslie Evans
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Graceful, poetic text celebrates the beauty of autumn leaves, while the simple text at the end explains why leaves change color. Readers learn how to identify all sorts of leaves from red maple to sycamore by their color, shape, and other characteristics. A great choice for science units and autumn displays.

My Autumn Book book
#84
My Autumn Book
Written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A young girl rushes outside when the air is crisp and the sky turns gray to observe all of the changes that autumn brings.

Yellow Time book
#85
Yellow Time
Written by Lauren Stringer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A lyrical ode to that magical time in autumn when the leaves turn yellow"--

Pumpkin Time! book
#86
Pumpkin Time!
Written by Erzsi Deak and illustrated by Doug Cushman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The day the cows strolled down Main Street in fancy hats...Evy didn't notice. What was Evy doing? Evy is so focused on watching her garden grow that she misses all the silliness going on around her—pigs DANCING, donkeys FLYING, and sheep HAVING A PICNIC. But after Evy's spent all year taking care of her garden, everyone's invited to pumpkin time!

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