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Fall: Picture Books For Kids

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.

Too Many Pumpkins book
#2
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.

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.

Hungry Bunny book
#4
Hungry Bunny
Written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! book
#5
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.

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

  2. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever - 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

Tractor Mac Harvest Time book
#10
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.

South book
#11
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.

Fall Mixed Up book
#12
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.

The Scarecrow's Hat book
#13
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.

Pumpkin Pumpkin book
#14
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.

  1. When the Leaf Blew In - Simple, repetitive text and expressive illustrations tell an autumn story about the way one leaf turns an entire barnyard upside down.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! book
#19
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.

Leaf Man book
#20
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
#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.

How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World book
#23
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.

  1. Through the Forest in Fall - 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.

  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. A Year with the Wind - 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.

  4. Hello, Fall! - 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!

Pumpkin Soup book
#28
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
#29
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
#30
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.

Samurai Scarecrow book
#31
Samurai Scarecrow
Written and illustrated by Rubin Pingk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Leaves book
#32
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.

  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. Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here - 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.

  3. Froggy Picks a Pumpkin - 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!

  4. 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.

Emily Dickinson book
#37
Emily Dickinson
Written by Susan Snively, Emily Dickinson and illustrated by Christine Davenier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes book
#38
When Green Becomes Tomatoes
Written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

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.

Outside Your Window book
#39
Outside Your Window
Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Introduces the sights and sounds of the changing seasons, along city streets and in country meadow.

Adventures with Barefoot Critters book
#40
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.

My Leaf Book book
#41
My Leaf Book
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Good Night, Wind - 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.

  4. My Autumn Book - 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
#46
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
#47
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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