It still doesn’t quite feel like Fall where we live, but we’re reading all the Fall picture books and having wishful thinking! Below are some of the ones we’ve most enjoyed. As well as a couple ideas of extension activities you can use with the books!
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Baby Loves Fall! by Karen Katz
This lift the flap board book is a winner and covers several aspects of fall in a way even the youngest readers can appreciate!
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Available as both a board book and a picture book, readers of a wide range of ages can enjoy bear’s novel experience with leaves as he tries to stop them from all falling off the tree.
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka
The book covers all sorts of aspects of fall, but purposely mixes things up (like apples turning orange and pumpkins turning red) and my kids had a lot of fun pointing out everything that was wrong.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Following the tradition of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” kids have a lot of fun with this book–and can learn about different leaves at the same time! I helped do a story time based this book where after reading the book we all went on a leaf hunt around the neighborhood and collected some of our favorites. Afterward the kids colored imprints of leaves by putting the leaf under the paper and rubbing the long side of a crayon over it.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
This creative book has all the pictures made out of leaves laid out to make different images. It would be a fun extension craft for kids to make their own pictures out of leaves.
Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols
The changes of Fall are shown in this book along with the changes that come with starting school. I love that this one captures the feelings of being separated from a younger sibling and the solution they find in the end is so sweet. See my reviews of the whole Maple and Willow series.
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson
A simple fall story with beautiful canvas-like illustrations. There are other books about the same mice in other seasons as well.
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
We really like the sweet Otis series and, although I wouldn’t say this is a favorite from the series, it has a nice fall feel to it and shows beloved characters from previous books.
One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert
Beautiful illustrations and short, simple text show the life cycle of an apple.
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
I really like how this book is simple and child friendly while also being very informative. It helps kids understand where the apples (and other apple products) they eat come from. Visiting a local orchard would be great extension activity after reading this one.
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