Falling leaves, pumpkins, bonfires, and apple picking inspire cozying up with a good book. Enjoy some of these best kids’ books for Fall.
I love switching out our kids’ books with the changing seasons. Not only does it provide a nice bookshelf “refresh,” but it also boosts the mood for upcoming weather or holidays and teaches kids about them as well.
Some of these are so good that they are read year-round. There’s nothing like reading a Halloween book when it’s 95 degrees outside, right? (Four extreme seasons each year is one of the
downsides blessings of living in Missouri!)
Living in the Midwest, it’s great to read books about the four seasons to set kids’ expectations, teaching them what they can look forward to or how to deal with challenges of the changing weather. It also generally grows their appreciation for getting to experience all four seasons.
Best Kids’ Books for Fall
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle
Kids love to guess which animal is in each costume and then lift the flap to see if they’re right. The Little Blue Truck book series is so, so, so good. (Side note: the first in the series, Little Blue Truck, was the first book I bought for our baby boy when we found out we were expecting. It remains my #1 favorite kids’ book to this day.)
Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat by Eileen Christelow
From another great book series, the Five Little Monkeys always get some laughs out of the kiddos. Like Christelow’s many other Five Little Monkeys books, this one doesn’t disappoint. Follow it up with your own version of “eyeballs and worm juice” and you’ll be the coolest mama ever!
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
This book is just cute, cute, cute. The illustrations are as fun as the story is sweet. Follow this nice witch on her journey as she makes new friends along the way. Complete with a hungry dragon and a delightfully happy ending.
Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
This is a wonderful book to read in preparation for Thanksgiving, showing kids that there really are so many things to be thankful for when we take the time to think about it. The illustrations are bright and cheery, and it’s got several parts that will get them giggling. After reading the book together, ask your kiddos what they are thankful for and enjoy their responses!
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
This is a wonderful book with valuable lessons about sourcing food that we might otherwise take for granted. If you were to make an apple pie but didn’t have the ingredients at home and the store was closed, where would you go to find ingredients in their best natural form? This book takes the reader around the world to find every ingredient in our most beloved and cherished dessert of all time. It includes the processes for turning whole natural foods into the ingredients we buy at the store – and bonus – there’s even an apple pie recipe inside!
Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer
Short and sweet, but packed with opportunities for learning and discussion. The colors and pictures feel like fall, and inspire getting outside and exploring nature. The book is so simple, yet conveys a powerful lesson, exploring the many layers of an ecosystem and making connections that many may not realize exist.
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
This book follows one hardworking squirrel as he prepares for the winter, giving up playing with his animal friends to prepare for the winter instead. As with Little Blue Truck, this book is great for teaching animal sounds. No grand lessons here, but lots of cute animals and classic autumn themes like pumpkins and leaves.
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