As fall is upon us I am already getting excited for the seasonal change and all things pumpkin! Fall means trips to the farm, scarecrows, the harvesting of pumpkins and apples, and of course the fiery changing of leaves. Although we don’t get to witness the leaves changing color this far south, we can always dive into a good book to take us there! We’ve put together some of our favorite books about fall for you to enjoy. Take a look!
Fall Books for Kids
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Leaf Man is one of our fall favorites as the beautiful real images and die-cuts of leaves just make them pop right off the pages! This text will take you on the imaginative journey of where leaves may travel with the wind. Extend the text by making your own leaf man with foliage!
Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone
Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun is a great way to introduce the many aspects of fall with nonfiction text. Kids will enjoy looking at real life pictures of a forest full of color changing leaves, animals that begin to hibernate as they sense the seasonal shift, and even how their very own wardrobes may change as the cooler weather is welcomed.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves is a silly fall favorite in our house. The rhythmic and repetitious text engages readers as they watch the old lady continuously manage to swallow more and more. However, as with many of the endings in this series the final outcome of what she ends up with is the best part. Check this book out to find out exactly why she was swallowing all those leaves, clothes, and rope!
Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Fall is Not Easy shares comical insight from a personified tree on just how challenging the changing of leaves can be. Children will laugh at all the silly patterns the leaves make as they fall off the tree!
The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown
The Little Scarecrow Boy is a story of a young scarecrow boy who is told he is too small to scare any crows. He sets out to prove himself as he practices all the fierce faces his father taught him and it finally pays off! The illustrations will draw readers in to a great read aloud text for fall.
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Apples and Pumpkins is a fall classic as it takes readers to the farm to pick apples from the orchard and find that special pumpkin in the patch. The adventures at the farm lead up to preparing for fall Halloween activities.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf takes you on a journey through the life a sugar maple tree. From seed to sprout and leaves changing and falling, young readers learn the life cycle of a tree. The fiery watercolor illustrations make this book a beautiful text to share the beauty of fall leaves. This rolling pin fall painting activity is a beautiful way to extend the book.
The Autumn Visitors by Karel Hayes
The Autumn Visitors takes you through the many fun aspects of fall events with a family of bears as they experience them all! You’ll enjoy watching them attend the county fair, trick-or-treat during Halloween, and have a tasty Thanksgiving feast with the local forest animals.
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber
Leaf Jumpers poetically describes vivid images of leaves falling off the trees as the children enjoy raking and jumping in the piles. This book will not only teach children about the different types of leaves, but why leaves fall off of trees. A great text for the science behind fall foliage!
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
The Little Yellow Leaf is a story of one lone leaf who doesn’t want to let go. Even after all the other leaves have fallen, he’s just not ready. This story embraces what it feels like to experience the unknown and adds in a sweet story of friendship to help see you through.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Leaves is a cute story about a young bear experiencing autumn for the first time. As he curiously wonders why the leaves are falling off the trees, he attempts to put them back on. That is- until he gets really sleepy and ends up hibernating through winter. When he awakens, it is a new season and his wonder and excitement for the leaves starts back up. This is a great book for introducing seasonal change and the reason for fall through the eyes of a curious bear.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt follows the classic “bear hunt” story with rhyme, repetition, and sound effects. Children will enjoy going on the journey over the mountain and through the forest to collect different kinds and colors of leaves. Jumping and playing in them at the end is the best part!
How Do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro
How Do Apples Grow is a favorite fall nonfiction text that engages young readers in learning just how an apples begins as a small bud, then flower, and finally a crispy tasty fruit! We love adding this book to our fall themed bookshelf as it takes you through the seasons of the fruit producing tree- all the way to fall, when we can pick the apples to enjoy!
For more fall fun visit our fall theme resource pages. They are full of activity ideas, printables, videos, and more for teaching your fall themes.
Pumpkin resource page coming soon too!
PRINTABLE LEAF THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set currently includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Roll and Say Fall ABC Game (uppercase and lowercase versions)
2) Roll and Count Leaves Math Game
3) Small Leaf Cards for Sorting and Patterning
4) Sight Word Trees Activity Mats, Letter Cards, and Sight Word Cards
5) Color Word Leaf Cards
6) Leaf Number Cards (0-35)
7) Sorting Leaves Color Mats and Leaf Cards
8) Fall Leaves Emergent Reader (3 versions)
9) Leaf Observation Recording Sheet
GET YOUR LESSON PLANS
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.