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Our Favorite Fall Children's Books

Updated: Jan 12

At our house, we read A LOT of children's books, and we want to share some of our favorites with you! In this post, we've included our favorite fall board books and picture books. Feel free to skim the list and see if any appeal to your family. We hope you enjoy!





Board Books



Touch and Feel Fall Illustrated By: Scott Barker Publisher: Scholastic (2019, 2022)

Touch and Feel Fall

Illustrated By: Scott Barker

Publisher: Scholastic (2019, 2022)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Explore the magical textures of fall in this adorable touch-and-feel-book, perfect for little hands.


Why We Love It

  • Interesting textures

  • Introduces the youngest readers to many common fall objects

  • Small size makes it easy for young ones to hold and is also very portable




Autumn in the Forest Written By: Rusty Finch Illustrated By: Katya Longhi Publisher: Cottage Door Press (2019)

Autumn in the Forest

Written By: Rusty Finch

Illustrated By: Katya Longhi

Publisher: Cottage Door Press (2019)

Recommended Ages: 1+


Book Description: Explore autumn in the forest with this lively, interactive Lift-a-Flap Surprise board book! Little ones will love learning all about fall fun in the forest while following an adorable little chipmunk busy collecting walnuts, acorns, and buckeyes in preparation for winter. The pumpkins are growing, the trees are full of apples, and pears are ready for gathering. Nuts of all kinds have covered the forest floor. And one little chipmunk is snug in its burrow. What a wonderful day to be a chipmunk in the forest! A perfect way to celebrate the season with your toddler!


Why We Love It

  • Short but informative story

  • Engaging flaps

  • Teaches kids many telltale signs of autumn




Autumn Leaves Fall Written By: Amber Hendricks Illustrated By: Gavin Scott Publisher: Amicus Ink (2022)

Autumn Leaves Fall

Written By: Amber Hendricks

Illustrated By: Gavin Scott

Publisher: Amicus Ink (2022)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Fuzzy squirrels, sly foxes, and little bunnies romp through the forest as the trees' leaves change from summery greens to amber fall colors and finally to the bare branches of early winter.


Why We Love It

  • Minimal repetitive rhyming text

  • Cute characters and illustrations

  • Shows the youngest readers seasonal changes in a very simple, easy-to-digest format




Leaves By: David Ezra Stein Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (2007)

Leaves

By: David Ezra Stein

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (2007)

Recommended Ages: 1+


Book Description: Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn't work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it's spring-and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him.


Why We Love It

  • Simple cute story and illustrations

  • Bear can experience the wonder of autumn for the first time alongside the reader!




Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin By: Tad Hills Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books (2009)

Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin

By: Tad Hills

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books (2009)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Duck & Goose look everywhere for a pumpkin--in the apple tree, in the leaf pile, inside a hollow log.... Where will they find one?


Why We Love It

  • Simple short text

  • Bright colorful illustrations

  • Classic Duck & Goose personalities

  • Teaches kids where pumpkins grow







Picture Books



Hello, Fall! Written By: Deborah Diesen Illustrated By: Lucy Fleming Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (2018)

Hello, Fall!

Written By: Deborah Diesen

Illustrated By: Lucy Fleming

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (2018)

Recommended Ages: 2+


Book Description: Fall is here! Colorful leaves whisper to each other. Geese honk as they flock across the sky. Pumpkins listen patiently from their patch. The season announces itself in all sorts of ways―if you stop to say hello! A grandfather and his granddaughter welcome fall in this sweet, whimsical story about finding beauty and wonder in every moment.


Why We Love It

  • Charming descriptive text

  • Gorgeous illustrations; very soft yet colorful

  • Perfect book for welcoming the fall season





It's Fall! By: Renee Kurilla Publisher: Little, Brown and Co. (2023)

It's Fall!

By: Renee Kurilla

Publisher: Little, Brown and Co. (2023)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description:

Colors bursting, shadows tall.

There’s lots to celebrate—it’s fall!


Break out your fuzzy socks and cozy scarves! Bring on the doughnuts, cider, and pies! It’s time for corn mazes, trick-or-treating, and all the Thanksgiving food you can eat.… It’s fall!


Why We Love It:

  • Charming rhyming text

  • Beautiful illustrations with a simple fall color palette

  • Works as a back-to-school, fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving book!




The Scarecrow Written By: Beth Ferry Illustrated By: The Fan Brothers Publisher: HarperCollins (2019)

The Scarecrow

Written By: Beth Ferry

Illustrated By: The Fan Brothers

Publisher: HarperCollins (2019)

Recommended Ages: 2+


Book Description: All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing...he saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?


Why We Love It:

  • Beautiful rhyming text

  • Gorgeous textural illustrations

  • Great message about the power of friendship and helping others

  • Can be read in any season!




Bear Feels Sick Written By: Karma Wilson Illustrated By: Jane Chapman Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2007, 2017)

Bear Feels Sick

Written By: Karma Wilson

Illustrated By: Jane Chapman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2007, 2017)

Recommended Ages: 2+


Book Description: Sweet Bear isn’t feeling well at all. He is achy, sneezy, wheezy, and just plain sick! He’s in no shape to go outside to play. So Mole, Hare, Mouse, and the rest of the gang try to make Bear feel as comfortable as possible in his cave. Bear starts to get better—but as soon as Bear is well, all of his friends get sick!


Why We Love It:

  • Rollicking rhyming text

  • Beautiful illustrations

  • Loveable characters

  • Great message about friendship and giving back

  • Bear Feels Scared is another great book in this series that we often read in the fall!





The Golden Acorn By: Katy Hudson Publisher: Capstone Editions (2019)

The Golden Acorn

By: Katy Hudson

Publisher: Capstone Editions (2019)

Recommended Ages: 2+


Book Description: Whoosh! Squirrel takes off at full speed through the autumn leaves. But slam on the brakes, because this year The Golden Nut Hunt race is a team event. Squirrel reluctantly enlists her friends and is not impressed. Will Squirrel's competitive spirit take over or will she learn how to be a team player?


Why We Love It:

  • Gorgeous illustrations

  • Loveable characters

  • Great message about friendship and being a good sport





apples and pumpkins Written By: Anne Rockwell Illustrated By: Lizzy Rockwell Publisher: Aladdin (1989)

Apples and Pumpkins

Written By: Anne Rockwell

Illustrated By: Lizzy Rockwell

Publisher: Aladdin (1989)

Recommended Ages: 2+


Book Description: A little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and pumpkins. Back home, she helps to carve a grinning jack-o'-lantern face on the big orange pumpkin (which guards their doorstep on Halloween night) and goes trick-or-treating with the neighborhood ghosts and goblins.


Why We Love It:

  • Short simple story with classic illustrations

  • Hits the major highlights of the fall season

  • Introduces Halloween at the end without being scary





The Busy Little Squirrel By: Nancy Tafuri Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2007)

The Busy Little Squirrel

By: Nancy Tafuri

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2007)

Recommended Ages: 1+


Book Description: The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down?


Why We Love It:

  • Short, repetitive text that's easy for kids to remember and read along

  • Simple, bold illustrations that feature lots of critters for kids to find

  • Both of my kids loved this book around age 2!





Fall Mixed Up Written By: Bob Raczka Illustrated By: Chad Cameron Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (2011)

Fall Mixed Up

Written By: Bob Raczka

Illustrated By: Chad Cameron

Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (2011)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: Fall is all mixed up in this silly book from Bob Raczka! Can you find his mistakes in the words and pictures?


Why We Love It:

  • Clever concept for a picture book

  • Keeps kids engaged looking for the mistakes in the text and illustrations







Pick A Circle, Gather Squares A Fall Harvest of Shapes Written By: Felicia Sanzari Chernesky Illustrated By: Susan Swan  Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co. (2013)

Pick A Circle, Gather Squares

A Fall Harvest of Shapes

Written By: Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Illustrated By: Susan Swan

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co. (2013)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: Fall is here, with all its wonderful visual delights―not just colors, but shapes! This clever concept book follows a family on a trip to a pumpkin patch and invites children to pick out shapes from the seasonal scenery―apple bushel circles, square hay bales, diamond kites in the autumn sky!


Why We Love It:

  • The text had me at "Apple crisp October day." 😊

  • Cool collage-style illustrations

  • Keeps kids engaged looking for different shapes on each spread





In the Middle of Fall Written By: Kevin Henkes Illustrated By: Laura Dronzek Publisher: Greenwillow Books (2017)

In the Middle of Fall

Written By: Kevin Henkes

Illustrated By: Laura Dronzek

Publisher: Greenwillow Books (2017)

Recommended Ages: 2+


Book Description: Watch the world transform when fall comes! In the middle of fall, it takes only one gust of wind to turn the whole world yellow and red and orange. Caldecott Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Kevin Henkes’s memorable text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the fall season. Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings illuminate pumpkins, apples, falling leaves, busy squirrels, and the transformation from colorful autumn to frosty winter.


Why We Love It:

  • Simple text that highlights many of the changes seen during the fall season

  • Simple but striking illustrations

  • Great introduction to fall for young readers





Little Critter Fall Storybook Favorites By: Mercer Mayer Publisher: HarperCollins (2015)

Little Critter Fall Storybook Favorites

By: Mercer Mayer

Publisher: HarperCollins (2015)

Recommended Ages: 2+


Book Description: Join this classic character as he attends a fall festival, visits the firehouse, locates a lost dinosaur bone, and so much more. Fans of Little Critter's signature charm will love these seven autumn adventures.


Why We Love It:

  • Classic Little Critter collection with seven stories AND stickers!

  • Many of the stories can be read year-round, but we particularly love The Fall Festival in the fall; another favorite in our household is The Lost Dinosaur Bone!





Bella's Fall Coat Written By: Lynn Plourde Illustrated By: Susan Gal Publisher: Disney Hyperion (2016)

Bella's Fall Coat

Written By: Lynn Plourde

Illustrated By: Susan Gal

Publisher: Disney Hyperion (2016)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: Bella loves the sights and sounds of fall--the crinkle-crackle of fallen leaves, the crunch of crisp, red apples, the honking and flapping of migrating geese. She wants the season to last forever. She also wants her fall coat--the one her Grams made especially for her--to last forever. But the coat is worn-out and too small. . . .

With a snip and a whir, Grams makes sure Bella will be warm when the first snowflakes fall. And Bella finds a perfect use for her old favorite coat -- on the first snowman of the season.


Why We Love It:

  • Relatable story for kids who've outgrown a treasured clothing item

  • Sweet story about a girl and her grandmother that grew on me each time we read it

  • Captures the essence of the autumn outdoors with vibrant artwork, fun sounds, and descriptive language





The Leaf Thief  Written By: Alice Hemming Illustrated By: Nicola Slater Publisher: Sourcebooks (2020, 2021)

The Leaf Thief

Written By: Alice Hemming

Illustrated By: Nicola Slater

Publisher: Sourcebooks (2020, 2021)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: Squirrel loves counting the leaves on his tree―red leaves, gold leaves, orange, and more. But hold on! One of his leaves is missing! On a quest to find the missing leaf, Squirrel teams up with his good friend Bird to discover who the leaf thief could be among their forest friends.


Why We Love It:

  • Funny dialogue!

  • Great ending!

  • Teaches kids about seasonal changes





Tidy  By: Emily Gravett Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2016)

Tidy

By: Emily Gravett

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2016)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest. Will Pete realize the error of his ways and reverse his tidying habit?


Why We Love It:

  • Creative, funny story

  • Excellent rhyming text and pacing

  • Fitting ending!

  • Great messages about being reasonable and saving the environment





Too Many Pumpkins Written By: Linda White Illustrated By: Megan Lloyd Publisher: Holiday House (1996)

Too Many Pumpkins

Written By: Linda White

Illustrated By: Megan Lloyd

Publisher: Holiday House (1996)

Recommended Ages: 4+


Book Description: Rebecca Estelle has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl when pumpkins were often the only food her family had. When an enormous pumpkin falls off a truck and smashes in her yard, she shovels dirt over the pieces and forgets about them. But those slimy pumpkin smithereens sprout up in autumn, and Rebecca Estelle finds a sea of pumpkins in her garden.


A heartwarming classic for more than twenty years, this story shows what happens when one thrifty gardener figures out how to make other people happy with the squash she can't stomach.


Why We Love It:

  • Interesting story

  • Well-written (I particularly liked the "until..." cliffhangers used throughout.)

  • Great for older kids (4-8) or kids with longer attention spans

  • Love the ending!





A Fall Ball For All  Written By: Jamie A. Swenson Illustrated By: Chiara Fedele Publisher: Millbrook Press (2018)

A Fall Ball For All

Written By: Jamie A. Swenson

Illustrated By: Chiara Fedele

Publisher: Millbrook Press (2018)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: On the verge of winter, the autumn wind issues an invitation: "Come one, come all to the annual windfall ball!" Join all the animals in this beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book as they gather for the autumn wind's harvest in preparation for the long winter.


Why We Love It:

  • Clever angle for an autumn book

  • Exceptional rhyming text

  • Lovely illustrations

  • My favorite fall book that I've discovered this year!





Dozens of Doughnuts Written By: Carrie Finison Illustrated By: Brianne Farley Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (2020)

Dozens of Doughnuts

Written By: Carrie Finison

Illustrated By: Brianne Farley

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (2020)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: LouAnn is a bear who decides to make and eat one dozen doughnuts before going to sleep for the winter. Just as she sits down to eat, however, her doorbell rings. A friend has come to visit and would like to share in LouAnn’s feast. LouAnn happily shares her doughnuts; however, one by one, more guests arrive, and each one expects her to share. LouAnn grows frustrated as she makes batch after batch of doughnuts, only to give them all away to her friends. Eventually, LouAnn runs out of ingredients…and patience. In a fit of rage, she scares away her friends and sulks in her den, hungry and alone, until…DING DONG! Who is at LouAnn’s door this time, and what surprise might they have in store?


Why We Love It:

  • Adorable characters and illustrations

  • Rhyming text (and the unexpected interruptions) are executed perfectly

  • Teaches kids about counting, sharing, and being a good friend

  • Neat endpapers!

*Warning: Reading this book might make you want to eat a dozen doughnuts!





Bear Has a Story to Tell Written By: Philip C. Stead Illustrated By: Erin E. Stead Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (2012)

Bear Has a Story to Tell

Written By: Philip C. Stead

Illustrated By: Erin E. Stead

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (2012)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy. But first, Bear had a story to tell...


Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn't have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through helping his friends get ready for winter, would anyone still be awake to hear his story?


Why We Love It:

  • Simple story about kindness and friendship

  • Perfect for reading in late fall

  • Love how the ending circles back to the beginning!



 

We sincerely hope that you enjoy these books as much as we have! To receive monthly book recommendations, sign-up for my newsletter at the bottom of this page. Otherwise, if you have any fall book recommendations for us, please type them in the comments below. We are ALWAYS looking for fun new books to read! 😊


Happy reading from our family to yours!




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