If there’s a chill in the air and the trees are spinning a tapestry of reds and golds, it must be autumn! And that means it’s time to grab your little ones, cuddle up on the couch, and read a few of my favorite picture books for autumn.
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Apple Farmer Annie
by Monica Wellington
Apple Farmer Annie loves growing apples and she loves baking her apples into all kinds of delicious things to eat. But more than anything, Annie loves sharing her apples and baked goods at the farmer’s market. And Annie would like to share her yummy treats with you, too—just follow the recipes in the back of the book!
Bear Has a Story to Tell
by Philip C. Stead
Children’s writing duo Philip and Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee) have a story to tell about a sleepy bear who has his own story to tell. But Bear’s friends are all too busy getting ready for winter to listen to Bear. Maybe in the spring they will be rested and ready to hear it—that is, if Bear can still remember the story!
Count Down to Fall
by Fran Hawk
Count Down to Fall offers a richly illustrated study in counting and the beauty of autumn. Two-page spreads showcase the colors and textures of fall, with raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and birds frolicking alongside oak leaves, pinecones, acorns, and birch bark. It’s more than a picture book…it’s an autumn masterpiece!
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
by Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher’s favorite tree is starting to look brown and dry, and Fletcher doesn’t understand why. But when the wind starts to blow and the tree’s leaves begin to fall, the young fox really begins to worry. What’s happening to his tree? Fletcher’s mom tries to reassure him, but it takes a big surprise to make Fletcher feel better.
by Dahlov Ipcar
With sweet watercolor illustrations, lilting rhyme, and a touch of humor, Dahlov Ipcar follows a farmer through the seasons, from planting in the spring to a bountiful autumn feast. It may sound simple, but you’ll soon discover that if the farmer wants to enjoy his harvest, he’s got his work cut out for him.
A House in the Woods
by Inga Moore
You might think that two pigs would find it difficult to be friends with a bear and a moose, but if you read A House in the Woods you’ll see that anything’s possible! Set in an autumn forest, this enchanting picture book is a delightful primer on friendship, generosity, kindness, hard work–and sharing peanut butter sandwiches with friends.
by Carol Gerber
There are few activities that children enjoy more than jumping in a freshly raked pile of fallen leaves. But who would have thought that a pile of leaves could also be a fun-filled classroom? In Leaf Jumpers, kids learn shapes and colors and how to identify leaves from a variety of trees. It’s autumn fun at its most colorful!
by Lois Ehlert
Children’s author Lois Ehlert said, “When I see a beautiful leaf, I have to pick it up. I can’t help myself.” If you’re anything like Lois, you’re going to love this whimsical picture book. Follow Leaf Man wherever the wind blows him, but keep your eyes open–there are LOTS of leaf creatures to find in this colorful autumn treasure!
Possum’s Harvest Moon
by Anne Hunter
It’s almost time for Possum’s long winter sleep, but tonight the harvest moon is shining bigger and brighter than ever. It’s the perfect night for one last dance party before winter! But the mice, the crickets, and even the fireflies are too busy (or too sleepy) to come to Possum’s Harvest Soirée. Or are they?
The Pumpkin Runner
by Marsha Diane Arnold
When Joshua Summerhayes enters a 900-kilometer run, no one expects him to win. After all, with his overalls and big orange boots, the old sheep rancher doesn’t look much like a runner. But Joshua has been running for over 50 years, fueled by pumpkins and with his old Yellow Dog by his side. Do you think Joshua can win the race?
Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson
If you could, would you coax a bare brown tree to burst back to life again? In Tap the Magic Tree, you will turn words into motion, enticing the tree along on its journey from winter to spring and summer, through autumn and another winter, and back to spring again. It’s a colorful walk through the seasons that you make happen!
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
by Steve Metzger
Steve Metzger’s We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt might remind you of another well-known children’s “hunting” book. In this delightfully singsongy read-aloud, readers go over a tall mountain, through a dark forest, around a swooshing waterfall, and across a cold lake to find lots of colorful leaves. It’s a wonderful day!
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