This post will introduce you to some great Fall picture books for all ages! Enjoy these great titles to welcome the season of Autumn. These books pair great with our Fall crafts list!
Autumn is easily my most favorite season. And what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than by reading Fall picture books!
There is nothing I love more than crisp air, crunchy falling leaves, and sweater weather. Aaahhhh.
There’s just something in the air starting in September that makes me so happy! Not to mention the resurgence of pumpkin spice e v e r y t h i n g. YUM.
Now that I live in Texas, Fall looks quite a bit different than it used to.
For one thing, it starts later (much later) and isn’t near as cool as it was in the Midwest. We’re lucky to get a crisp morning sometime in early November. We also don’t get the changing of the leaves in the same brilliant way, which is probably what I miss the most.
On the plus side, though, it also doesn’t lead to several months of gray blah-ness and snow like it did before.
At the very least I can live vicariously through these picture books! Some of the illustrations are so awesome I can smell and feel the beauty of the season.
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Reading together is the perfect cozy Fall activity. Grab your hot cocoa and celebrate the return of Autumn with one of these great fall picture books!
BEST BOOKS ABOUT AUTUMN
FALL PICTURE BOOKS FOR AGES 0 – 3
Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda
What’s more Autumn-like than apple pie? I personally prefer pumpkin, but this is a very fun book about a hungry bunny collecting apples so his mother can make a pie.
Not a traditional “Fall” book, I added this one to the list because it is a great option for kids that have a hard time sitting through a whole book. Kids can help the hungry bunny collect the apples and get them home safely through interactions on almost every page. Fun for everyone and still relatable to Autumn!
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
I Love Fall by Alison Inches
Hocus Pocus It’s Fall by Anne Sibley O’Brien
Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland
Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Bear has never seen Fall before and is worried about the falling leaves. He does his best to catch them all until he is too tired and decides to take a nap….a very long one. When he awakes, he is surprised by new leaves growing on the trees. A great board book for your kiddo to learn about the changing seasons and welcome Fall.
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Autumn In the Forest by Rusty Finch
I had to order this book right away! I love lift-the-flap books because of their interactive nature, but this book has so much more than that. The illustrations are very detailed and there are so many things to point out with your child as you read. I was a little unsure at first with how many words are on the page, but because of the way the book is written you can definitely skip around and paraphrase easily while still getting the most out of the story thanks to the picture and surprises on each page.
FALL PICTURE BOOKS FOR AGES 3+
Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing by Jane Yolen
This book was a random grab off the shelf and I am so happy it came home with us! Miss R loved this book so much she hugged it when we returned it to the library.
Little Frog is feeling very unsure about the newness of Autumn, especially the colors and sounds that it brings. A very cute story about bravery and trying new things.
The Very Last Leaf by Steph Wade
Such a cute and clever book! Lance the leaf is nervous to fall from his branch into the unknown. He worries about all the bad places he could fall. With encouragement and a reminder that it’s ok to be scared, this book is not only a fun Fall story, but provides a great lesson in bravery for little readers.
Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
Oh how this book made me wish we still lived in a place where the leaves change colors! One of my favorite Fall memories as a kid was playing in the leaf piles.
After reading this book I showed Miss R some pictures of her playing in the leaves a few years ago. She had such a big grin on her face, although I doubt she remembers it. This book will make you feel like a kid again!
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
If you haven’t seen Fletcher before, you will fall in love with this super sweet character!
Fletcher is worried when his favorite tree begins to lose it’s leaves. He diligently tries to gather and protect the leaves until one morning he awakes to a beautiful surprise. Soft illustrations and a gentle story will make this a new favorite in your house.
Little Tree by Loren Long
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
All parents know that kids have a way of choosing the oddest things to play with, and Sophie is no exception. She falls in love with a squash that she names Bernice and refuses to give her up, despite her parents’ reminder that eventually she will have to say goodbye.
A unique story about lifecycles, Miss R and I really enjoyed this book! Perfect for the little friend-finder in your household.
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready to leave the tree and float into the great unknown? Autumn is a time of change and new experiences as kids start school, and this book is great for any child who needs a reminder that it’s ok to take their time in new situations and that supportive family and friends are always there for them.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Storm by Sam Usher
Part of the Seasons series, this has become one of my new favorite books. A boy and his grandfather share a blustery day adventure in this imaginative book about an Autumn storm. Fall winds bring with them the promise of winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and enjoy the nicer weather while it lasts! This is a sweet story for sure, and would be great to add to your seasonal book collection.
In November by Cynthia Rylant
A very poetic book about traditions, In November signals the ending of Fall and welcoming of Winter.
What I like best about this book is the descriptive process – preschoolers and kindergarteners will be able to recognize the physical characteristics that signal the ending of fall. It’s also a great way to start the conversation about traditions!
Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Everything you ever wanted to know about Autumn in one book! From the science behind why leaves changes to fun Fall activities, this book is filled with ways to explore the fantastic season of Autumn. This book would be great for homeschool as the activities can be adapted to different age groups and it is part of a series on the four seasons.
Hello, Fall by Deborah Diesen
In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming
Squirrel is anxious about the leaves disappearing from his tree and is convinced someone is stealing them. He tries to relax, but he can’t stop worrying. His friend Bird is able to help him see the reality of the situation, and Squirrel finally stops worrying. A very funny tale about falling leaves, Miss R giggled quite a bit while we read this! The illustrations are adorable and bright and Squirrel is a very relatable character. This is a great story for any child with an anxious mind.
Leif and the Fall by Allison Grant and Adam Grant
This new release has only been out for a few weeks and I was excited to read a copy of it! Leif is nervous about the inevitable fall from his tree, so he comes up with different ways to try and make the fall less scary. A collaborative tale about friendship, problem solving, and bravery, this book is perfect for kids who need a bit of a confidence boost.
Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here by Billy Steers
Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato
BEYOND THE BOOK
It’s halfway through September and we have had a lot of fun welcoming the changing season by reading these fall picture books. I’m big on family traditions, and reading books about the seasons is a great way to build traditions of your own.
Do you have seasonal books on rotation at your house? If not, now is a great time to start! Just pick a few of these books to add to your collection and look forward to reading them each year with your kiddos!
Keeping these Fall picture books separated from your year-round collection makes them new and exciting and gives you all something to look forward to as a family.
After reading, I encourage you to take it one step further and make some of these super simple but fun Fall crafts! We tested and approved all 5 of these projects and we think you’ll love them too.
As a bonus, as some of these questions while you are crafting to bring it all together and help with retention and connection.
- What colors make up Fall?
- How do we know Fall is beginning?
- What direction do animals travel to find warmer weather in the Fall?
- What are some Fall activities you love to do?
- How do we know Fall is ending?
Are there any fabulous Fall picture books we missed? Let us know in the comments!