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It’s with much love and care that I share with you our favorite fall picture books! These books have touched our hearts, made us laugh, and taught us about the magical season of fall. We look forward to reading them every year and are an important part of our favorite seasonal traditions.
These books are all gorgeous and guaranteed to find a special place in the rhythm of your day! I categorized this list of 50 books into four parts:
- Leaves and Trees
- Pumpkins and Apples
- General Fall Books
Without further ado, here is our list of favorite fall books!
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Leaves and Trees
1. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
This book features watercolor collage along with pieces of actual seeds and other mediums to introduce children to the life of a tree.
2. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is wrong with the tree. But then winter comes, and with it a magical surprise.
3. Tidy by Emily Gravett
Pete the badger likes the forest floor free of leaves and very clean, but he learns that may not be what’s best for his home and the environment.
4. Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
This book is a beautiful introduction to the season of autumn for young children and shows them how color can capture a season.
5. Wonderfall by Michael Hall
This stunning and educational picture book, follows a single tree through the fall season, from the end of summer to winter’s first snowfall. Animals, people, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, playing in its leaves, and getting ready for winter.
6. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Follow three friends as they go on a hike through the mountain and forest to collect leaves of different colors, sizes, and shapes.
7. Look What I Did With a Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi
This book will show art and craft lovers, young and old, how to use nature to create animals and natural scenes.
8. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
No one quite knows where leaf man is headed but he’s traveling where the wind blows. This book features unique illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas.
9. Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland
Autumn is in the air, which means the days grow shorter and nights are long. Apples and temperatures fall—then snow! This beautiful books is part poetry, part silent page and very educational.
10. Sweep by Louise Greig and Julia Sarda
This gorgeous book uses leaves as a visual to help children deal with big and hard to handle emotions. The beautiful metallic accents on the cover let you know you’re in for a real treat before you even open the book!
11. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
This is a favorite in our home! This interactive and timeless book invites you to tap, shake, jiggle, and even blow it a kiss at it’s pages to help one lonely tree change with the seasons.
12. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
With beautiful illustrations and a lyrical narrative, this book takes children on a fun and educational adventure to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their shapes and autumn colors.
13. Little Tree by Loren Long
This book is a gorgeously illustrated, stunningly heartfelt and nature-inspired ode to the challenges of growing up and letting go.
14. Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer
This book features enchanting die-cuts illustrating the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem. Take a stroll down a forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in the circles of life.
15.Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk
Count backwards from ten to one during one of the most beautiful times of year. Learn about the bright, colorful leaves and the trees from which they fall. Observe animals frolicking in the crisp, autumn air as they get ready for the winter. Make sure you check out the educational section which includes: Plant parts, Leaves the shape of it all, What good are plants?, and Match the leaves activity.
16. Spiders by Gail Gibbons
Spiders are fun to study during fall! This book is filled with interesting facts and information on the history of spiders, as well as an explanation of the difference between spiders and insects. This is a great introduction to spiders and takes the fear out of our eight-legged, web-spinning friends.
17. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
This stunning books shows children that spider webs are not only beautiful but also quite useful.
18. Are You a Spider by Judy Allen
With witty text and charming illustrations, this book helps young children will make many amazing discoveries about spiders!
19. Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies
Follow a bat as as she swoops into the shadows, shouting and flying, the echoes of her voice creating a sound picture of the world around her. When morning comes, she returns to feed her babies.
20. Nightsong by Ari Berk
This breathtaking book features a young bat that is sent off into the night for the first time alone. He learns that as long as he uses his echolocation, navigating the world is easy.
21. Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead
Bear has a story to share with his animal friends, but they are busy preparing for winter. Would anyone still be awake to listen to his story before winter arrives?
22. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
This story features stunning illustrations that tell a story of three owl babies that wonder where their mother is at night. Not surprisingly joyous flapping and bouncing greet the mother’s return in this comforting story.
23. The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley
Isaac the hedgehog loves to be alone. One day, an apple got stuck to the spine of his back and he realized that help from friends is better than to be on your own all of the time.
24. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
This hilarious #1 New York Times bestseller is a true modern classic and belongs on every bookshelf! Bear is looking for his hat and asks all of his friends if they have seen it. Did you spot it?!
25. The Hedgehog Feast by Edith Holden
It was fall; the evenings were drawing in and the leaves were beginning to fall. Follow a couple of hedgehogs as they have a hibernation party and make all the preparations.
26. Night Animals by Giano Marino
This funny book follows a bunch on nocturnal animals who are frightened of OTHER nocturnal animals. What happens when they realize they are one of the scary creatures of the night!
Pumpkins and Apples
27. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. What happens when one day, duck wants to stir the pumpkin soup instead of add the salt?
28. The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
In this cheerfully-illustrated book, children can learn about the growth cycle and many varieties of pumpkins, and even how to plant their own. This book also share the history of pumpkins and features an activity section.
29. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
Watch the pumpkin life cycle as a jack-o-lantern sits in the garden through the seasons.
30. Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Jamie plants pumpkin seeds in spring and watches it grow in summer. When fall arrives, she carves a face for Halloween and saves some seeds for spring.
31. Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Filled with colorful illustrations, this books shows how one gardener figures out how to make other people happy with the squash she can’t stomach.
32. Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins by Katie McKy
A town has an accidental abundance of pumpkins! Find out what José and his well-intentioned brothers do with a mountain of pumpkins.
33. The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders
On a windy autumn day, Marla comes running down the hill shouting that her pumpkin is rolling away. Join Marla as she chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. Junia Wonders uses repeating sentence structures to capture young listeners’ attention and give early readers confidence.
34. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf
This is the cutest story! 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 and keeps it as a companion. What will Sophie do as Bernice the squash starts to rot?
35. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
This book features a young girl who spends a glorious fall day picking apples and searching for the perfect pumpkin. The perfect fall book!
36. The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree. Follow him and his apple tree through the seasons and see how he celebrates his special spot in nature.
37. Apples by Gail Gibbons
Learn all about this fantastic fruit and how people use it in this brightly-illustrated picture book. A combination of clear, well-labeled diagrams and simple text introduce important vocabulary and concepts for young readers. This book is filled with interesting apple trivia along with a delicious apple pie recipe!
General Fall Books
38. Autumn by Gerda Muller
This is one of a series of four books without text, which lead the young child through the seasons of the year. But believe me when I say that no text is needed, these illustrations are beautiful and invite children to tell their own story!
39. Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher
Follow along with a little girl and her cat, as they enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in.
40. We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season by Wendy Pfeffer
Celebrate the fall equinox and see how different cultures celebrate this special time.
41. Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark
This book is stunning and has become a baby shower gift staple for me!
There is an abundance of treasures during fall. Open your eyes and see the tiny perfect things around you!
42. Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf
If you are looking for a beautiful book to accompany Thanksgiving, this one is it!
Follow this family and their friends as they celebrate Thanksgiving in the woods.
43. Storm by Sam Usher
This book features a boy and his grandfather as they search for a kite to fly on a windy fall day.
44. The Artist: Tales from the Hidden Valley by Carles Porta
It’s Fall in the hidden valley and there’s a sense of change in the air. These whimsical illustrations tell the story of Ticky the bird and Yula the wolf as they prepare for winter.
45. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
What are you thankful for this fall? This book takes the reader through many options and we like to extend this book by saying what we are thankful for in nature.
46. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Follow a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the fall. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.
47. In November by Cynthia Rylant
What happens in November? This book features lyrical language, beautiful illustrations and has become a tradition in our home on November 1st!
48. Autumn Story by Jill Barklem
I can’t say enough of this classic! Step into the exquisite miniature world of the mice of Brambly Hedge in this beautiful new edition of the classic picture book. The mice are busy gathering food for the winter before bad weather arrives. Will Primrose the mouse find her way back home after daydreaming and getting lost in the cornfields?!
49. Flower Fairies of the Autumn by Cicely Mary Barker
First published in the 1920s, this story has been rejacketed and updated with a new contemporary look. This is the perfect read for Flower Fairies fans and a new generation of readers.
50. The Autumn Visitors by Karel Hayes
In this fourth and final book in Karel Hayes’s acclaimed Visitors series, the beloved family of bears gets in another round of adventures as they experience the full enjoyment of a New England autumn. Follow the bear family as they enjoy the county fair, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!
51. A Moon of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi
With the earlier sunset and pleasant temperatures, fall is the perfect time to observe the moon.
An imaginative young girl travels the world with her faithful companion, the moon. In an enchanted adventure across the seven continents that is marked by the moon’s phases, this story is depicted in silhouetted artwork. This book is both beautiful and educational.
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I hope you check out some of these books! I promise, your little nature lovers will love them as much as my boys.