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 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!
by Cynthia Rylant
Have you ever stopped to think about what a scarecrow’s life is really like? He might seem like nothing more than a bundle of rags and straw at first, but take a closer look! With birds visiting, seeds being planted, rain coming down, and clouds going by, a scarecrow has a LOT to keep him busy.
Hello, Harvest Moon
by Ralph Fletcher
What’s that rising up above the treetops? It’s the harvest moon! With gorgeous oil-painted illustrations, this lyrical picture book sings the praises of everything that’s special about autumn. Tag along as a young girl takes in the late-season beauty by the light of the harvest moon.
The Very Best Pumpkin
by Mark Kimball Moulton
When Peter finds a pumpkin growing far from the patch, he knows it must be a special pumpkin. He tends it carefully as it grows big and beautiful. But someone else has been watching it, too—Peter’s neighbor, Meg. Perhaps Peter’s special pumpkin will be the beginning of an equally special friendship.
by Loretta Holland
There are two great ways to enjoy this beautiful autumn picture book! Read a clever poem in the large text on each page or read the small text to learn more about the beauty and science of fall. Either way, the ethereal illustrations and accompanying text make for a delightful autumn read-aloud experience.
by Lauren Stringer
The geese have left for their long flight and the squirrels are busy gathering food before “white time” comes, and that can only mean one thing: Yellow Time is here with all its bright and cheerful shades of color! It will be gone before you know it, so don’t delay. Go outside and enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellow Time!
Hedgehugs: Autumn Hide & Squeak
by Steve Wilson
Horace and Hattie Hedgehog can always find something fun to do. But not today! Hattie is sad that the leaves are falling, and Horace isn’t sure how to cheer her up. But then they meet a brand-new friend and discover that a rousing game of hide-and-seek is the perfect way to celebrate the last few days of autumn.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
by Kenard Pak
Walk along as a young girl greets a late summer morning. Say hello to the swaying trees, the playful foxes, the butterflies, the beavers, the chipmunks, and to the change happening all over the landscape. Say goodbye to late summer and hello to autumn in this sweet salute to the changing of the seasons.
Mouse’s First Fall
by Lauren Thompson
With his friend Minka by his side, Mouse sets out on a crisp fall day. It’s Mouse’s first time experiencing the beauty of fall. They love the leaves with all their beautiful colors and shapes. But that’s not all! As Mouse and Minka pile leaves high for running, jumping, and hide-and-seek, they also discover how fun fall can be.
by Deborah Diesen
In this delightful autumn story, a young girl and her grandfather spend a day enjoying the sights and sounds of fall. Whether they’re watching squirrels hide acorns, admiring fields of chrysanthemums, or choosing the best pumpkins to take home, they take the time to appreciate the autumn beauty all around them.
Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin
by Tad Hills
Duck and Goose’s friend Thistle has a beautiful orange pumpkin and Duck and Goose want one, too! They search high and low to find a pumpkin of their own, but they can’t find one anywhere! Perhaps Duck and Goose just need a bit of help knowing where to look for a pumpkin!
by Patrick McDonnell
Beautifully rendered in a minimalist style of art, this charming wordless picture book is sure to become a family favorite! When a little bird sleeps through the fall migration and is left behind by his flock, a new (and somewhat unlikely) friend helps the little bird find his way home.
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