Best Kids Books About Fall

Our Favorite 31 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.

Sophie's Squash book
#2
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.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever book
#3
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.

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.

Little Elliot, Fall Friends book
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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.

The Little Scarecrow Boy book
#9
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

Pumpkin Pumpkin book
#10
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
#11
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.

Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear book
#12
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.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! book
#13
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.

The Little Yellow Leaf book
#14
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.

Apples and Pumpkins book
#15
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.

How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World book
#16
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.

Leaf Man book
#17
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.

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt book
#18
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.

Tree book
#19
Tree
Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

A Year with the Wind book
#20
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.

Hello, Fall! book
#21
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.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves book
#22
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.

Pumpkin Soup book
#23
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.

Four Seasons in One Day book
#24
Four Seasons in One Day
Written and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follow a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they travel through the four seasons in one day. Accompanied by pieces from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.

South book
#25
South
Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

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