Kid Lit: Fall Picture books and board books

Charlotte is at that age (four and a half) where she is really starting to understand seasons and months of the year. She’s very excited about fall and watching the leaves change, although she is also struggling with the end of summer (she had a twenty-minute meltdown when I told her I’d packed away her sundresses because she was so sad summer is over). I decided it would be fun and hopefully educational to celebrate the changing of seasons with some new autumn-themed books. I bought a few used on Amazon, and filled in with a few more from the library. Here are some of our favorite fall stories:

Picture Books

1. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro

This book follows the pattern of the “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” song, but in this story she eats a random assortment of fall-related items and sneezes out a scarecrow at the end. C thinks this story is hilarious and wants to hear it over and over.

2. Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

This sweet story highlights the best things about autumn, and also acknowledges some of the not-so-fun parts. It touches on the transition to winter too, which is helpful. There is a series of these, one for each season. We have summer (Let it Shine) and I am planning on getting Let is Snow and Let it Rain too.

3. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

This is a poignant story about a little fox who is worried about his favorite tree when its leaves start falling. I love the illustrations, and I think the story does a great job of dealing with the sad feelings we have when a season is coming to an end (C has big feelings about everything, so I’m always looking for resources to help her deal with them).

4. It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

This cute story features the mouse from the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series, and celebrates painting pumpkins to show different emotions (happy, sad, scary, etc.). It’s a nice, quick read for a young toddler/preschooler that my four year old still loves to hear.

5. The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen

This is book is not just about fall, but is instead kind of a seasons primer that shows what farm life is like during each month of the year. It’s beautifully illustrated and gives a concrete description of work and play in connection to nature, something that we don’t see very tangibly any more (at least not in my suburban neighborhood) but is very important to me for my children to learn about.

6. P is for Pumpkin by Kathy-jo Wargin

I adore this alphabet book that lists fall favorites from A to Z, but points out how each one is a gift from God. It’s such a great, easy way to teach our children about how the Lord created the seasons and gives us every good thing.

Board Books

1. Baby at the Farm by Karen Katz

We love books by Karen Katz in our house. This isn’t strictly a fall book, but it does talk about farm animals which always makes me think of fall. It’s a touch and feel book, when I ask Tessa if she want to read a book this is always the one she brings me.

2. Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Another simple story with pretty illustrations, this book is a quick enough read to keep my one year old’s attention with short, repetitive sentences.

3. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

I love this sweet story about a squirrel who is too busy storing food for the winter to stop and play with all the other animals. The illustrations are precious.

Do you have any seasonal favorites you like to read with your kiddos? Is your toddler like mine, insisting on reading the same story over and over again until you don’t even have to look at the words? 😉

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