20 Picture Books to Learn About Fall

Whether or not learning about the changing of the seasons is part of your curriculum, one of our favorite ways to welcome the season is to curl up with a fall-themed book. Here are our top 20 picks for children’s fall reading.

  1. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (Pre-K-1)

Every season has a favorite Lois Ehlert book (or several), and October is no exception. After reading it and picturing Leaf Man’s turbulent voyage, students should gather and press autumn leaves for their works of art.

  1. Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda (Pre-K-1)

In the autumn, Bunny gathers luscious red apples so his mother may cook apple pie. Your little ones will enjoy hearing the rabbit ask for “help.” Invite students to act out the narrative or create a puppet show after reading.

  1. Leaves by David Ezra Stein (Pre-K-1)

The changes that come with autumn can be unexpected if you’re unprepared! This brief but powerful tale describes a bear cub’s first tumble.

  1. Autumn Leaves Fall From the Trees! by Lisa Bell (Pre-K-1)

With the help of this catchy songbook, many autumnal words can be introduced. Bonus: You may download the song and a lesson for free.

  1. Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato (Pre-K-1)

For a fall country adventure, Elliot and Mouse leave the big city. This is a nice addition to the series for pupils who like these endearing characters.

  1. Apple Picking Day! by Candice Ransom (Pre-K-1)

This book about a day spent harvesting apples as a family is a good seasonal pick for beginning readers or a lively read-aloud alternative.

  1. The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry (Pre-K–2)

We adore this tale of an unforeseen bond between a sturdy scarecrow and a helpless young crow.

  1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak (Pre-K-2)

As she strolls through her town and the nearby woods, a little girl looks for indications that a new season is approaching. This one is ideal for motivating “Hello Autumn” messageboards, creative writing and painting projects, or your walk.

  1. Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone (Pre-K-2)

This nonfiction book covers all things autumnal, including weather changes, changing foliage, animal migration, hibernation, fall cuisine, activities, and crafts.

  1. Hello Autumn! by Shelley Rotner (Pre-K-2)

Many minute elements of fall are captured in beautiful photographs and evocative prose. This aloud book might also serve as a side table book! We adore seeing all the pictures of youngsters from different backgrounds having a good time.

  1. In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes (Pre-K-2)

Every time, Kevin Henkes’ use of language is delightful. The transient aspect of the autumn season is brought out through observation.

  1. Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer (Pre-K-2)

“White time comes after yellow time. Each time. Use this title to illustrate how to focus on a single seasonal event and thoroughly describe it.

  1. Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen (Pre-K-2)

A girl celebrates autumn with her granddad as they spend the day together. This is a good discussion starter since it uses funny descriptive language.

  1. Chirp! by Jamie Swenson (Pre-K–2)

A charming tale about a chipmunk looking for a companion that you can use to support community-building discussions in your school.

  1. The Leaf Thief  by Alice Hemming (Pre-K–3)

A charming tale about a chipmunk looking for a companion that you can use to support community-building discussions in your school.

  1. Sweep by Louise Greig (Pre-K–3)

In this tale of a squirrel eager to learn what happened to his lost leaf, we adore the vivid, vintage visuals.

  1. Applesauce Day by Lisa Amstutz (Pre-K-3)

Can you push your feelings aside after a difficult day? This cozy fall picture book for kids uses that as an analogy.

  1. Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell (Pre-K-3)

At Grandma’s house, a young girl and her family participate in a multi-generational family custom by picking apples and making applesauce. This would make a lovely holiday mentor book for personal story writing because it is told in the first person and has many details.

  1. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow (Pre-K-3)

A little girl and her family visit Grandma to pick apples and make applesauce, continuing a multi-generational family ritual. This would make a delightful holiday mentor text for writing personal narratives because it is told in the first person and filled with many details.

  1. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (Pre-K-3)

A young girl and her family continue a multi-generational family tradition by visiting Grandma to pick apples and cook the sauce. Because it is told in the first person and is packed with information, this would make an excellent holiday mentor text for writing individual stories.