Favorite Children’s Books About Fall

Favorite Books About Fall for Kids

Autumn in our home is grabbing a quilt, a cup of warm apple cider, and stack of books to read on the porch during a crisp autumn morning. Inspired by the season, below is a list of favorite children’s books about fall to share with you and yours throughout this festive time of year. There are a handful of lesser known titles on this list as well as some tried and true, familiar, fall-time stories you and yours will want to read again and again and again. At the bottom of the list are books especially fun for babies and toddlers to read (although big kids will enjoy them too!). If you have a favorite title that isn’t on this list, please share in the comments below!


Books All About The Autumn Season

Books that include a variety of the season’s famous characteristics from leaves falling, to harvest season, to animals preparing for winter.

A is for Autumn by Robert Maass
Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Autumnblings by Douglas Florian
Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk
Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland, illustrated by Elly MacKay
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chad Cameron
Four Friends in Autumn by Tomie dePaola
How Do You Know It’s Fall? by Lisa M. Herrington
It’s Fall! by Linda Glasser, illustrated by Susan Swan
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee
Sneeze, Big Bear Sneeze! By Maureen Write, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Snowsong Whistling by Karen Elisa Lotz (Public Library/Local Bookstore/Amazon)
Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal
Wonderfall by Michael Hall
Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Susan Gal


Autumn Equinox Books

Books about the autumn equinox (the official calendar start of the autumn season), the history of harvest celebrations, and stories inspired by the full moon in September and October known as “The Harvest Moon”.

The Autumn Equinox by Ellen Jackson
We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Linda Bleck
By The Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Mark Jones
Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph J. Fletcher
Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter


Autumn harvest books

Books all about harvesting the seasons’ bounty before the cold winter months.

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan
Fall Harvests: Bringing in Food by Martha E. H Rustad, illustrated by Amanda Enright
Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola
Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy Hutchings, photographs by Richard Hutchings
Tractor Mac Harvest Time by Billy Steers
Autumn Harvest by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshman, Cheryl Ryan, illustrated by Wade Zahares
Christopher’s Harvest Time by Elsa Maartman Beskow


Autumn Leaves Books

Watch them turn, watch them fall! The changing of the leaves is an opportunity for play, art, inquiry, and fun.

Ska-tat! by Kimberley Knutson
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans
Johnny Maple-Leaf by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated b Roger Duvoisin
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington
Why Do Leaves Change Colors? by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern
Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer


scarecrow books

Scarerows used to… well… scare me. But I’ve become fond of them as an adult. These picture books are a lot of the reason why I now enjoy them.

Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown
The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston, illustrated by Maggie Kneen
Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
The Scarecrow’s Dance by Jane Yolen


Apple Books

Apple picking, apple cider, apple pie… Mmmm. Books all about this favorite fall-time fruit.

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jonathan Bean
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson
Big Red Apple by Tony Johston, illustrated by Judith Corwin
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Giulio Maestro
The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G.Brian Karas
Apple Picking Time by Michele B. Slawson
One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert
From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illustrated by Julia Patton
One Green Apple by Eve Buting, illustrated by Ted Lewin
The Crooked Apple Tree by Eric Houghton, illustrated by Caroline Gold
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Apples by Gail Gibbons
Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum


pumpkin books

Pumpkin books that focus on the life cycle of a pumpkin and pumpkins in autumn. A few mention Halloween, but halloween pumpkins books warrant a whole other list in my opinion. Here are a few pumpkin (and one squash) themed autumnal books.

Mystery Vine: A Pumpkin Surprise by Cathryn Falwell
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson, photographs by Shmuel Thaler
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum
It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern
Pumpkins by Ken Robbins
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer
Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices by David M. Schwartz, photographed by Dwight Kuhn
The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Eileen Christelow
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd


Animals in Autumn books

Autumn is also a time of transition for the animal kingdom. Does your favorite animal hibernate, migrate, or adapt in winter? From busy squirrels to sleepy bears, these books will reveal the nature of animals in autumn.

In November by Cynthia Rylant
Nuts by Paula Gerritsen
Now That Days Are Colder by Aileen Fisher, illustrated by Gordon Laite
Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter by Martha E. H. Rustad, illustrated by Amanda
Bear has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky
Acorns Everywhere! by Kevin Sherry
Busy Animals: Learning about Animals in Autumn by Lisa Bullard
Animals in the Fall by Gail Saunders-Simth
George Flies South by Simon James
Round Robin by Jack Kent
Migration by Robin Nelson
Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change by Jan Thornhill, illustrated by Josee Bisallion


fall books for babies and toddlers

Books about all the autumn themes mentioned above in a format that the itty bittys will enjoy. These fall selections are great for ages 0-2.

Ready for Autumn by Marthe Jocelyn
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George
Autumn by Gerda Muller
Kitten’s Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Shari Halpern
Rokko by Paola Opal
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
Apple by Nikki McClure
Bunny’s First Snowflake by Monica Wellington
Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri


6 Responses to “Favorite Children’s Books About Fall”

  1. Amy says:

    This is sooo cute! I’m gonna try it next week— I think I will use it with “Compost Stew” by Mary McKenna Siddas! I know the kiddies love to see what kind of stew it is— and it’s super gross! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Jessica says:

    I’m a music therapist with a major passion for emphasizing literacy in my sessions. Do any of these books from your AMAZING list have rhyme scheme, sound effects, a familiar melody, or onomatopoeia? Typically those are the types of books I would use in my music therapy sessions. Since most of your book selections are unfamiliar to me, I was hoping you could give me some pointers! Thanks! :)


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