Explore autumn with these fall books for preschoolers, kindergarten, and elementary aged kids!
Learn all about this season with these fall picture books. Perfect for read alouds, a book basket, or fun books to read together.
Each book is perfect to read during the autumn season with your children!
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I like to give my readers ideas for how they can use these books with their kids. To skip to the books, simply click the first title on the list below!
Don't forget to print off your copy of the autumn bookmarks at the end of this post. A fun way get your child excited about reading.
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Being a true New Englander, I can't help but love all things fall. I actually enjoy all of the four seasons, but fall is a welcome break from the summer heat.
These books are great to read with your own kids or within your classroom. With a focus on nature, they are also great for nature study!
I personally went through and read each book before adding it to this list. Local libraries may carry many of these books. I also included a link for where you can purchase them online.
One of best things about books is you can read them with a wide range of ages. Books are great resources for homeschooling. Along with teaching in multi-aged classrooms.
As a mom, I like to read books out loud together then leave the stories out for kids to flip through independently.
Even if you are only able to get a few of the books on the list, that is okay. Young children love repetition and often request the same story to be read to them multiple times.
- Changing Seasons
- How Animals Prepare for Winter
- Life Cycle of a Plant
- Nature Appreciation
The books on this list are great resources for homeschooling parents. Your kids can learn about different cycles in nature.
From the life cycle of a plant to how animals prepare for winter. Picture books are great conversation starters when exploring topics in science and nature with your children.
If you are exploring autumn with your kids, make sure to check out this free printable Fall Bingo Game!
Chipmunk at Hallow Tree Lane
A wonderful story about animals and how they prepare for the winter months ahead. This story follows the day and the life of a chipmunk as it gathers food in the fall.
The illustrations in this book are breathtaking! The close up illustrations will captivate you and your children. I love that you can pair this with additional science lessons about the life cycle of a chipmunk. Or even how animals prepare for the winter.
Summer Green to Autumn Gold
If you are looking to learn about why leaves change colors this book is it! As a science teacher I can't help but love this book. From the beautiful artwork to explaining the role of chlorophyll.
Unlike some books, this picture book breaks down the scientific process into easy to understand pieces. A great book to get kids excited about nature and science.
A beautiful picture book to read this fall. I love how the story focuses on yellow leaves instead of the traditional red and orange.
The illustrations are beautiful and saturated with yellow. This book has quickly become a favorite in our house! A must read for the autumn season.
The Busy Little Squirrel
A cute story that follows a squirrel as it prepares for winter. I love that the story uses repetition and repeated text. There are opportunities for your kids to predict what will come next.
We own the board book version, but it also is available in larger print. You and your children will love the detailed illustrations. If you have squirrels where you live then this is a must read!
Leaves is a perfect read aloud for young children. A cute story about a bear experiencing leaves falling off the trees for the first time.
Your kids will love predicting what comes next. Young kids will definitely want to read this book more than once. Topics to explore after you read include hibernation and how bears prepare for winter.
Full of Fall
A beautiful picture book filled with stunning photography. I love how this book encourages children to stop and observe leaves during the autumn season. I'm a big fan of looking at real life photographs when learning new topics in science.
In this story you and your kids can follow along with the changes of the leaves. From green leaves at the start of fall to the start of winter.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
An adorable picture book about fall for young kids. Follow along with Fletcher the fox as he watches his tree change during the autumn season. A great story about the changing of the season.
Similar to the fox, young children often wonder why the leaves fall off of the trees in the fall. A wonderful story to read with your young child as you observe all the changes that happen in the autumn.
We often think of scarecrows when we think of fall and harvest. This beautifully illustrated story follows a scarecrow through the seasons. I like how there are opportunities for discussion as you read this heartfelt story.
Topics including friendship, caring for others, and animals can be explored as you read together.
Autumn in the Forest
A cheerful lift the flap book for toddlers and preschoolers. Young children love exploring interactive books. Little ones can learn about chipmunks and how they prepare for winter during the fall.
Overall, a cute book for very young children. Since this book is a board book, little ones can flip through the pages interdependently or with you!
I actually put off reading this book as I was not sure if I would like it. However, I am glad I gave it a chance. Throughout the story you can see how leaves are used to create different animals. From flying geese to fish swimming, and more.
A great follow up activity would be to head outside for a leaf hunt. Then make your own creations together using the natural items you found. My child also liked how the top of each page had different shapes which was fun to see as you flip though the story.
Winter is Coming
A great book for older children about fall. If you live in an area that experiences four distinct seasons you will enjoy this book. Readers can follow along with the main character as she explores the woods during the fall months.
Watch and learn how different animals prepare for the coming winter. I like how this book showcases the magic of the forest during the autumn season. A great book to read if you are keeping nature journals with your kids.
Leaf jumpers is a beautifully illustrated story. A great choice for read alouds. I like how kids can learn about different trees and their leaves. Your kids can learn the fall color of the leaves along with their shape.
This cute story encourages kids to get outside and hunt for leaves. It is also a great introduction to the names of trees and their leaves.
- Fall Leaf Printables and Activities for Kids
- Apple Books for Children
- Fall Leaf Coloring Pages
- Autumn Color by Number
Fun bookmarks for your kids to color. Perfect for encouraging kids to read this fall season!
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