• Kara C White

For Further Reading: Fall Kid Picks

Updated: Apr 28

Even though the weather has still been a bit warm in my area the past few days, the calendar says September and that means I'm ready for all things fall! Autumn is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures, the apples, the pumpkins (even the pumpkin spice), the football, the hayrides, the sweaters, the changing leaves, and all the rest of it!

A visit to a farm? I'm there.

Hot apple cider? Pour me a cup.

A soup simmering in the slow cooker? Already set to low for 8 hours.

Once I'm done frolicking in that early autumn fun, my attention quickly turns to cozying up with a book, a blanket, and at least one of my children to enjoy some of our favorite fall picture books.

These books are largely for the preschool crowd, but my early elementary-aged daughter still enjoys the stories and amazing artwork spread on the pages before her.

Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! by Anne Sibley O'Brien and illustrator Susan Gal is a magical look at the changing seasons. The pictures are rich with bountiful colors, and many of the pages fold open and out to reveal even wider views of autumn's splendor. Get ready to call out the magic words with gusto!

Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur and illustrator Leslie Evans turns fall into 26 painstakingly crafted poems. Each poem is an acrostic which can be read vertically and horizontally; all while celebrating the sights, sounds, and feelings of the season. After you've read this one, try your hand at writing your own acrostic poem.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn written and illustrated by Kenard Pak follows two children as they set out on a walk to bid farewell to one season and to welcome another. The changes take place before their eyes, and yours, through beautiful artwork. This book reminded me to slow down and look around instead of hurrying about my day so I don't miss out on the transitions happening all around me this time of year.

Tap the Magic Tree written and illustrated by Christie Matheson is technically not just about autumn, but is so much fun it should be read any time of year. This book follows the life of a tree through every season, but calls on readers to get involved on every page by tapping, touching, blowing, and more. I think this would be a wonderful read aloud for any family, especially if you have little ones whose attention seems to wander mid-book. During our most recent time with this story, my daughter read it aloud and had me do the interactive motions. It was a fun twist that made our time together even more memorable!

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ted Lewin is the one book on my list which is written for slightly older children, the 5- to 8-year-old group. This picture book tells the story of an immigrant girl on her first field trip with her new classmates. She doesn't speak the language and feels alone even though she is surrounded by other children. Then she and her classmates discover something which will bring all of them together. This is a story worth hearing and sharing with your children.

Finally, Leaf Man written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert is practically a modern classic which has inspired many a preschool activity. Leaf Man goes where the wind takes him, and there's so much to see on the way! The irregularly shaped pages add literal and figurative layers to this whimsical story. Make sure you linger over the pictures, created with real fall leaves, to see all of the amazing details. Once you're done, head outside to find the makings of your own Leaf Man (or Leaf Woman)!

Do you have other books you read with your children every fall? Which season inspires you to read most? Best wishes for further reading!

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