I love introducing a new season to my little ones with read alouds. This is a fun way to preview any changes the season brings and build excitement for family traditions.
As summer turns to fall, that means thinking about cooling temperatures, noticing the changing colors of leaves in our backyard, and building anticipation for trips to local farms for apple and pumpkin picking.
Here are five books to help you welcome fall with your family:
by Kenard Pak
“As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows–autumn is on its way!
Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.”
by Tad Hills
“New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tad Hills brings our favorite feathered friends out to find a big, beautiful pumpkin in this sturdy, large-sized board book. Duck & Goose look everywhere for a pumpkin—in the apple tree, in the leaf pile, inside a hollow log…. Where will they find one?”
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Lauren Dronzek
“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 award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking 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.”
by Anne Rockwell, Illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
“A young girl spends a glorious fall day picking apples and searching for the perfect pumpkin in this refreshed classic.
“When red and yellow leaves are on the trees,” a little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose “the best pumpkin of them all.” Back home, she helps to carve a grinning jack-o’-lantern face on the big orange pumpkin, which guards their doorstep on halloween night while her mother hands out shiny red apples and she and her father go trick-or-treating with the neighborhood ghosts and goblins.”
5. Leaf Man
by Lois Ehlert
“Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.
With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.”
What are your favorite books to read aloud this season?
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Laura Szaro Kopinski
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