21 Picture Books to Celebrate Fall

The best read alouds for our favorite season.

Best Fall Books for Kids, as Chosen by Educators - WeAreTeachers

There’s so much to love about fall –sweater weather, pumpkin and apple deliciousness, outdoor adventures, seasonal crafting, and of course, great read alouds for the classroom that celebrate all of it. Here are 21 of our favorite fall books for kids.

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1. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (PreK-1)

We have favorite Lois Ehlert titles (or several) for every season, and this is a top choice for fall. Read it and imagine the billowy, gusty journey of Leaf Man, and then collect and press fall leaves for students’ own creations.

2. Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda (PreK-1)

Bunny picks red, juicy apples in the fall so his mother can make apple pie. The bunny’s requests for “help” will delight your youngest listeners. After reading, invite students to act out the story or turn it into a puppet show.

3. Leaves by David Ezra Stein (PreK-1)

If you aren’t expecting them, autumn’s changes can be surprising! This sparse but eloquent story tells about a bear cub’s first fall.

4. Autumn Leaves Fall From the Trees! by Lisa Bell (PreK-1)

Introduce plenty of fall vocabulary with this catchy song book. Bonus: The song and a lesson plan are available for free download.

5. Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato (PreK-1)

Elliot and Mouse head out of the big city for a fall adventure in the country. This is a fun addition to the series for students who enjoy these sweet characters.

6. Apple Picking Day! By Candice Ransom (PreK-1)

This story of a family’s day spent picking apples together is a nice seasonal choice for new readers, or a fun rhyming read aloud option.

7. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak (PreK-2)

A young girl walks through the woods and her town noticing signs that a new season is on its way. This one is perfect for inspiring “Hello Autumn” bulletin boards, art and writing projects, or a walk of your own.

8. Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone (PreK-2)

From temperature changes, falling leaves, animal migration and hibernation, to fall foods, sports, and crafts, this nonfiction title covers everything autumnal!

9. Hello Autumn! By Shelley Rotner (PreK-2) 

Gorgeous images and poetic text capture many small details of fall. This read aloud could double as a coffee table book! We love all the photos of diverse kids enjoying the season.

10. In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes (PreK-2)

Kevin Henkes’s way with words is a treat every time. Careful observations highlight the temporary nature of the autumn season.

11. Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer (PreK-2)

“Yellow time comes before white time. Every time.” Share this title as an example of how to pinpoint one particular seasonal event and describe it in detail.

12. Hello, Fall! By Deborah Diesen (PreK-2)

A girl and her grandfather spend the day together celebrating fall. Plenty of playful descriptive language makes this a fun conversation starter.

13. Applesauce Day by Lisa Amstutz (PreK-3)

A young girl and her family pick apples and make applesauce at Grandma’s house, a family tradition that’s spanned generations. Told in the first person and with plenty of details, this would make a sweet seasonal mentor text for personal narrative writing.

14. Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell (PreK-3)

From the team that supplied Apples and Pumpkins, this story chronicles a family’s fall hike. Rich but manageable descriptions make this another useful choice for encouraging students’ own fall personal narrative writing.

15. Fall Walk by Virgina Brimhall Snow (PreK-3)

Identifying trees and leaves is extra fascinating in the fall, as this fact-filled story of a girl’s walk in the woods with her grandmother shows.

16. Pumpkin Soupby Helen Cooper (PreK-3)

This classic and cozy friendship tale has a permanent spot in our autumn book display. Squirrel, Duck and Cat always make pumpkin soup together the exact same way, until Duck wonders what it would be like to change their routine.

17. Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant (K-4)

This imaginative personification of a scarecrow is another seasonal bookshelf staple with wide appeal. It provides plenty of inspiration for writing and art projects.

18. The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamera (1-3)

 

This fall field trip-themed story from the pair that created How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? is the perfect introduction to an exploration of apples.

19. Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre (PreK-5)

This careful poetic study of autumn examines the season via photos from unique perspectives. It’s sparse enough to share with younger students, but the robust, precise language is perfect to explore with older readers, too.

20. Autumnblings by Douglas Florian (1-5)

This classic collection of poems offers so many lovely snapshots of fall – study just one, or enjoy them all!

21. Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher (1-5)

Fall days are full of magic, but what about when the sun sets? The lyrical, vivid prose portrays an autumn night in this versatile reading or writing mentor text.

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21 Picture Books to Celebrate Fall

Posted by Lindsay Barrett

A former elementary teacher and reading nonprofit director, Lindsay now works as a literacy consultant and freelance writer while wrangling her four young children.

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