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BOOK LIST: FALL / AUTUMN
Fall is coming, which means the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and the busy holiday season is almost here.
It also means it’s time to request all of your favorite fall books from your local library!
There’s no better time to cozy up & read a great book to your little one than fall, especially before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins.
Whether you’re reading to your own kids at home or students in your classroom, there are so many awesome fall books to choose from. Keep reading to check out some of our favorites, plus there’s a link to download a fall freebie & a great fall snack idea, too!
Whether you’re reading to your own kids at home or students in your classroom, there are so many awesome fall books to choose from on this list. You can also pair these with a fall-themed learning activity or sensory bin to increase the fun!
FALL BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
Full of Fall: I have recommended other April Pulley Sayre books before because I just LOVE her photographs! Illustrations are so common in picture books, so I love choosing books with real-life photographs to shake things up. This book has the most amazing, up-close photographs of fall, including a variety of fall leaves. At the end of the book, the author writes more about the photographs on each page and gives great facts about this time of year.
A Fall Ball for All: This sweet rhyming story has the most amazing illustrations! The warm colors and melodic text will transport you to a cool fall day. In this story, the animals in the woods are preparing to hibernate or migrate for winter, so they are having one last celebration before resting.
Hello, Fall!: In this sweet story, a girl and her grandfather remember all of the fun they had during the fall, including picking pumpkins, having apple cider, and jumping into a big pile of leaves. Fall reminds them of the beauty, bounty, wonder, and love of the world.
Bella’s Fall Coat: In this story, Bella learns the lesson that nothing lasts forever (a great lesson for all of us!) Bella loves the coat that her grandmother made for her, and she doesn’t want a new one. She wants it to last forever, just like she wants the fall leaves to last forever and the apples from the apple tree to last forever. Finally, the too-small coat tears, and Bella agrees to wear a new one that her grandmother made for her for winter.
Harvest Party: I love this book, not only because of the sweet rhymes and cute illustrations, but also because it practices counting backwards from 10 to 0. The farmers are missing a lot of things, like 10 bushels of apples, 9 pumpkins, and so on. They have no idea the items are missing because the animals are planning on throwing a harvest party! In the end, they all celebrate fall in the barn, complete with dancing cows and pigs playing the banjo. *If you love this book, check out these activities we’ve paired with it to being it to life!*
Fall Leaves: Out of all of the fall preschool books preschool on our list, this one is unique compared to the rest because it gives facts about fall on each page. The facts are accompanied by the most beautiful illustrations, and the author shares directions for how to make leaf prints at the end!
Little Elliot, Fall Friends: This story is about Elliot and Mouse, two friends who live in the big city. They decide to take a trip to the country, where they see the leaves changing, snack on apples from an apple orchard, and play hide-n-seek. They also have a fall feast with their new country friends.
Hocus Pocus in Fall: This story reminds us of how magical fall can be! When you say the magic words on each page, you open up a large flap to reveal something special for fall, like green leaves turning red and orange, or a bushel of apples turning into an apple pie. Such a creative and fun way to celebrate this season!
Fall is Not Easy: This is a cute rhyming book that’s told from the perspective of a tree. The tree talks about how winter, spring, and summer are easy seasons, but fall isn’t easy. The tree gets frustrated that things are changing and its leaves won’t stay the right color. But just when it’s about to give up, winter comes again. This is a fun book to use to talk about all four seasons.
Mouse’s First Fall: This sweet book is part of the “Mouse’s First” series of books. In this edition, Mouse experiences his first fall with Minka. They see leaves of all different shapes, sizes, and colors, and they have a blast playing in them!
Fancy Nancy Apples Galore (I Can Read): We love the Fancy Nancy series since it introduces so many amazing vocabulary words for our little ones. This version covers the words autumn, dash, foliage, gala, galore, orchard, perspire, reprimand, & tasty! There’s also a great storyline: Nancy and her class are headed to the orchard to pick apples. Her field trip buddy, Lionel, keeps pretending things are wrong when they’re really okay (like pretending to be carsick and pretending to be stung by bees). When he’s really in trouble after getting stuck in a tree, all of the kids think he’s joking…except Nancy. She’s able to help him down to safety (along with her teacher). This is a great book to compare to the Boy Who Cried Wolf to discuss why it’s important to always tell the truth.
In the Middle of Fall: This story is by Kevin Henkes, one of our favorite authors! It’s a sweet story about how quickly seasons change, and how one gust of wind can cause the leaves to change and fall, and before you know it, it’s winter. The pictures are beautiful and the text is simple, and it will easily keep the interest of preschoolers.
Fall Mixed Up: This is such a cute concept for a story! This rhyming book has mixed-up fall pictures and words on each page, such as, “Apples turn orange, pumpkins turn red. Leaves float up into the blue skies overhead.” Some kids might not even realize the mistakes until the end, when the author says, “Can this be fall? Close, but not quite. Go back and find all the things that aren’t right.”
The Busy Little Squirrel: This story is about a squirrel who is very busy in fall. He can’t stop and play with his friends because he is getting ready for winter. In the end, he gathers all of his food and falls fast asleep after his hard work!
Pumpkin Soup: Cat, Squirrel, and Duck love making pumpkin soup, and they always have the same jobs…Cat slices the pumpkin, Squirrel stirs the water, and Duck adds in the salt. But one morning, Duck decides he wants to stir the soup, which causes chaos for the friends. After Duck runs away, the friends realize they should have let him try a new job. And when he comes back, they decide he can stir the soup…even when he makes a big mess! Because they’re just happy to be all together again.
Let It Fall: This book is one of the “Let It” books (be sure to also check out Let It Rain, Let It Snow, and Let It Shine). In this edition of the rhyming series, the kids are enjoying all of the fun things in fall, such as hayrides, pumpkin picking, hiking, and the county fair! In the end, fall turns to winter, and it’s time to “let it snow!”
The Fall Festival (I Can Read Book): In this story, lots of critters are at the Fall Festival in the country. They do so many fun things…pick apples, have apple cider, take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, and more! The family has fun celebrating the start of fall.
Leaves: Bear is enjoying his first fall, until the leaves begin to fall off the tree. He’s so worried about them and tries to put them back…but they won’t stick. Eventually, he gets so tired that he falls asleep in a cave and doesn’t wake back up until spring. When he wakes up, the leaves are on the tree again, welcoming him. This is a sweet book to talk about the seasons and animals that hibernate.
Leo’s Tree: This sweet book is perfect to read when talking about the seasons. When Leo is a baby, his family plants a tree in their yard. As Leo grows, the tree grows. Leo sees the tree change during each season as it gets bigger year after year. At the end of the story, Leo’s family returns to the tree with his new little sister, Sophie, and they plant a tree for her so they can watch it grow as she grows.
Little Blue Truck Farm Sticker Fun: This activity book is perfect for fall! It includes stickers, coloring pages, mazes, and more. This is a must for any Little Blue Truck fans in your life!
Little Blue Truck: “Horn went BEEP! Engine purred. Friendliest sounds you ever heard.” We just LOVE Little Blue Truck in our family. This is the original book that kicked off the entire series and is perfect to read in fall. Little Blue Truck loves driving through the country and saying hello to all the animals. When a big, loud, & pushy Dump Truck races through, he ends up getting stuck in the mud…and no one wants to help him since he was so unkind to them. But Little Blue Truck decides to help…and then gets stuck himself! Since Little Blue Truck has always been so kind to the animals, they come to his rescue, and the pushy Dump Truck learns a valuable lesson about being kind and making time for others.
Bear Feels Sick: This book made the list because the illustrations are amazing and make me feel like I’m in the middle of the forest in fall. Plus it’s a rhyming story, which I love! When Bear feels sick, his friends take care of him…they cook him soup, sing him lullabies, and put a cool cloth on his head. After he wakes up from his nap, he feels much better..but then his friends catch his cold! So Bear takes care of them, just like they took care of him.
The Scarecrow’s Hat: This story is perfect to use when teaching about sequence of events. In this story, Chicken is interested in Scarecrow’s hat, who says he’d swap it for a walking stick. Chicken doesn’t have a walking stick, but she knows someone who does…Badger. When she visits Badger, he says he’d swap his walking stick for a ribbon. Chicken doesn’t have a ribbon, but she knows someone who does…Crow. This pattern continues until finally, Chicken gets everyone the item they wanted and is able to take Scarecrow’s hat and build a nest with it.
When the Leaf Blew In: This is another great story to use when teaching about sequence of events. It starts with a leaf blowing into the barn, which causes the cow to sneeze…which causes a spider to fly across the barn & land on an owl..which causes the owl to fly away. This pattern goes on and on until it ends with a leaf blowing into the barn again! You preschoolers will love the silliness of this story!
Daniel Loves Fall: Any Daniel Tiger fan will LOVE this fall-themed story! Daniel and his friends are getting ready for the Neighborhood Fall Festival. They visit Music Man Stan, who’s decorated his shop for the festival. After a big wind knocks everything down, Daniel and his friends try to fix it…but they realize they can’t make it look just like Music Man Stan’s designs. They have to do their own unique designs and try their very best (not Music Man Stan’s best). Once they realize that lesson, they’re able to finish decorating and have a great time at the festival.
Want to pair one of your preschool fall books with a unique snack? Try these pig bagels! Your little one is sure to be impressed with this farm-inspired breakfast. You can read more about them in this post!
FALL MATH FREEBIE
Need a fall-themed freebie to use with your preschoolers? Then make sure you download this set of FREE Fall-Themed Number Cards (Numbers 1-10). Click here to read more and grab a copy for your kiddos!
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