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17 Delightful Children’s Books about Fall

Autumn is the perfect time to snuggle up with a big stack of fall books! These 17 children’s books about fall are just right for these cool, crisp days. 

Autumn officially arrives tomorrow!

It’s been a little strange adjusting to living somewhere where fall actually begins in September (the leaves in Arizona start falling in January), but I’m loving it so far.

The leaves on the mountains are starting to change colors and the air is cool in the morning, even if by mid-afternoon, and obviously we’re stocking up on picture books about autumn.

I’ve collected some of my favorite children’s books about fall here – these are perfect for reading with a cozy blanket or with some apples you picked yourself (even if that picking happened at the grocery store).

children's books about fall

17 Children’s Books about Fall

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

Of all the fall books we’ve read, I don’t know that any delight my children quite like this one about Sophie who adopts a butternut squash and refuses to let her parents eat it. Of course, as the season progresses and winter comes on, the little squash (named Bernice, naturally) starts to get soft and spotty and Sophie has to make a big decision.

In November by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jill Kastner

Humans, animals and nature all react to the changing seasons, as the trees change, animals store food and prepare to hibernate and families gather around to celebrate the holidays. This is just the coziest autumn book, perfect for now and for Thanksgiving!

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Of all the books about fall, this is probably my very favorite. The illustrations are absolutely stunning and it’s the sweetest story about one little leaf that is still holding on as winter approaches.

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

For every child who has asked a million questions about falling leaves, this striking photo book features thirteen trees with life-size photographs of the leaves and the tree itself, plus details about how to identify it. It’s not your typical picture book, but it’s really nifty.

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

Originally published in 1988, this is one of those perfect fall books for preschoolers as a young girl spends the day outdoors picking apples and selecting just the right pumpkin. It’s a classic for a reason!

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert 

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a list of fall books that didn’t include Leaf Man. As fall comes on and the cold winds start blowing, Leaf Man has to move on with those winds. The illustrations are made from real leaves and it’s just such a fun book that lends itself perfectly to fall activities for kindergarten and elementary school age children. (Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  by the same author is also excellent too)

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

I got a copy of this beautiful autumn book last year and I’ve loved it ever since. Beginning with an acorn, the book traces the growth of a tree where a bird builds a nest. And the cycle of life continues on, accompanied by magical die-cuts that show how everything in nature connects, beginning with an acorn.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Rebecca grew up eating pumpkins and now she HATES them. When a giant pumpkin topples off a passing truck, Rebecca promptly shovels dirt over the smashed pumpkin and forgets about it. Until fall arrives and hundreds of new pumpkins start sprouting from the buried seeds. I’m pretty sure we read this book 100 times last year and I still enjoyed it (almost) every time.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

I love David Ezra Stein (Pouch! is probably my favorite of his, although we got The Nice Book in our Bookroo subscription earlier this year and that one is also delightful). Leaves is no exception, following a young bear who is experience his first autumn and can’t quite figure out why all the leaves are falling off the trees. Despite his best efforts, he can’t get them to go back on the trees, so he hunkers down for a long winter nap.

Little Tree by Loren Long

Loren Long’s books are so gentle and sweet and this autumn book is just exactly as wonderful as you’d expect from him. In this one, a tree is determined to hold on to his leaves, even t hough everyone else has dropped theirs. Those leaves kept him cool all summer long and there seems no reason to mess with a good thing. For years, as every other tree goes through seasonal cycles, Little Tree holds on until his friends gently encourage him to be willing to let nature take its course.

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

If you want an autumn book that will make your kids giggle, this one is a slam-dunk. In it, a tree describes each of the four seasons and why, for a tree, autumn is by far the most difficult.

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

This is one of my favorite fall books for toddlers. We’ve owned our board book copy for probably six or seven years and all of my girls have been obsessed with this sweet book about Duck and Goose trying to find a pumpkin (they look everywhere except the pumpkin patch, naturally).

Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda

I LOVED Bunny Slopes by the same author a few years ago and this newest autumn book, where the bunny is trying to pick apples and needs the reader’s help, is equally well done. Definitely a great addition to our fall books collection.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

I saw this autumn book when it first came out two years ago and have been obsessed ever since. It’s just so peaceful and beautiful. A little girl takes a walk through her town and the forest, noting all the signs of summer fading away and autumn swooping in to take its place. There’s also a companion book, Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter.

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

The Caldecott winner is so sweet and old-fashioned, about a man who packs up his ox cart in the fall with everythign his family has grown and made all year long and takes it to market to sell. Then he returns home to spend the winter with his family making more things. The autumn landscapes in this book are just breathtaking.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

It’s not hard to make an apple pie. Except when you find out the grocery store is closed and you’ll hve to travel the world to find everything you need for your perfect apple pie. Wheat from Italy. An English cow for milk. Vermont for the best apples. And so it goes until you’ve collected every ingredient and had the trip of a lifetime to boot.

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

If you’re a fan of Press Here (and who isn’t?), this is a book in the same vein, except that in this case you tap the tree and the leaves change colors, fall off, grow back, and so on and so forth. My girls love all the books Christie Matheson has done and this is one of the best leaf books for preschool age readers.

Any other favorite children’s books about fall that I missed? Tell me in the comments!


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  • Reply Paige Cassandra Flamm September 21, 2018 at 8:10 am

    We just took Tap The Magic Tree out from the library this week! I can’t wait to read it with the kids!

  • Reply Liza Dailey September 21, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Janssen, love your booklists! ( I never met a book list I didn’t like!).
    If you don’t know this book, The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg, it might end up on your favorite autumn books after you read it. I am an autumn lover and have found this book to be a perfect autumn read. The underlying story is so subtle, I never had a child who could pick up on it, and I always had to help them look for clues as to who the Stranger really is. But it is a magical story about autumn. Read it asap!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw September 21, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Oh, I haven’t read that one in years! Thanks for the suggestion – you are always a wealth of great titles!

  • Reply Mary September 21, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I just posted my top 9 today too! I also had The Stranger, which I love– Chris Van Allsburg can pretty much do no wrong in my book! Same with Philip Stead– Bear Has a Story to Tell was high on my list! I also love Leaves and Leaf Man from your list!

  • Reply Amber September 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you taking the time to type this blog and create these lists! -a new fan

  • Reply Diana September 24, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I know I tell you this all the time but every time you post a book list I immediately (or a few days later…) go look them all up at our library and add them to my list of books to put on hold once we have hold spots available. Thank you for keeping us in good picture books for many years now!

  • Reply JaNae October 3, 2018 at 10:57 am

    This list looks amazing. Thanks for compiling. I put them all on hold and it makes are library experience way more peaceful and I know I’m leaving with some great reads.

  • Reply Laura Fletcher November 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Oh this list needs “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves”! Beautiful illustrations and such a sweet story.

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