Looking for children’s books for the fall season? There are a plethora of autumn-themed books to pick from this year. Especially for children, fall is a lovely time of year. Leaves turning color and dropping from trees are a sight to behold, both magical and scientific. Freshly picked apples, squash from the farmer’s market, and homemade pumpkin pies are all things that fall brings. The excitement and nervousness of returning to school. Holidays like Halloween, the Mooncake Festival, Thanksgiving, and a slew of others are reasons to get together with friends and loved ones. Reading material for kids this fall is very diverse and interesting.
There are a number of picture books on our list of fall books for kids that are ideal for reading aloud. Early readers and beginner chapter books are also included for those who are just beginning to read. Fall books with activities are plenty on the list. In addition, there are songs to sing on a leaf hunt and instructions for roasting pumpkin seeds included in the list of activities So I threw in some books about how to deal with nerves while trying new things, because I know that many children this year are feeling anxious about returning to school after a long period away. The changing of the seasons in the autumn is a joyous occasion. Please use this assortment of children’s books to celebrate the new season with you and your loved ones!
Fall Picture Books for Kids
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kendard Pak
This picture book depicts a young girl going through the forest and seeing the signs of the seasons shifting from summer to autumn with lyrical writing and stunning pictures.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger and Miki Sakamoto
With loads of repetition and humorous side effects, this rhyming picture book is sure to delight. Finding leaves is the goal of a mountain-climbing trip for three pals. You and your students will be able to go on the quest with them if you read this aloud.
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller and and Anne Wilsdorf
It is intended that Sophie’s family’s excursion to the farmer’s market will give them with food to eat. As a result, she names the squash her mother buys Bernice and maintains that she is a friend, not a piece of food. Bernice’s family and friends inform her that she won’t be able to make it. As the squash begins to soften and squish, she begins to doubt her own words.
The Shadow in the Moon: A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival by Christina Matula and Pearl Law
Two sisters are ecstatic as they prepare to celebrate a Chinese holiday in the fall in this picture book for children. Listening to their grandmother’s stories and eating mooncakes are two of their favorite things.
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and the Fan Brothers
The scarecrow terrorizes the animals in the area. Season after season, he’s all by himself. However, one autumn, a baby crow falls close to the scarecrow’s face. In order to ensure the baby crow’s survival until winter migration, he provides him with food and shelter.
Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda
This interactive story shows a rabbit attempting to gather apples for his mother’s pie in the form of a book and a toy. That lofty tree’s apples are out of grasp for bunny, though. Bunny needs a lot of help getting there, and that’s where young readers can help out.
In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee
Xiao Ming is taken to a farm by his mother and his pals. Using dirt, he demonstrates to his buddies how Chinese characters are related to the words they represent. This lesson’s backdrop, an autumnal environment, is depicted brilliantly through collage graphics.
The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez
During the fall, back-to-school season, this rhyming picture book about adapting to new abilities and activities is an excellent choice. Every character in the story has a mystical quality. To serve as a gentle reminder that, no matter how hard they try, they will never be able to do everything they set their minds to.
Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde and Susan Gal
Fall is one of Bella’s favorite seasons. And her Grams sewed her a gorgeous coat for the season, which she loves the most. However, her coat is no longer appropriate for the occasion because it is both too small and worn out. At first she is heartbroken, but then she learns how to make a brand new coat out of her old one, complete with all the hues of the changing leaves.
The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade and Jennifer Davison
There’s no one in Lance Cottonwood’s tree school who can compare to him in terms of academic ability and wit. However, he is scared of the final test — falling. At some point in the future he worries whether or not he can do it and ace the exam. Or will he succumb to the cold and become the last leaf on his tree?
Fall Early Readers
Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro and Loretta Krupinski
Why do the green leaves turn red, orange, yellow, and brown in the fall? This nonfiction early reader explains this topic.
Apple Picking Day by Candice Ransom and Erika Meza
Early readers will enjoy this tale of a brother and sister’s excursion to the apple orchard in the fall. It’s a happy story that takes you through the process of collecting apples. And the rhyme system is designed to aid in the development of phonemic awareness and the success of beginning readers.
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer and James Graham Hale
In this book, elementary school students learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin from the standpoint of Earth science. Additionally, there are various fall pumpkin activities, such as how to roast pumpkin seeds, how to prepare a pumpkin pie, and science projects.
Rocket and the Perfect Pumpkin by Tad Hills
During the pumpkin patch, Rocket and Bella find the right pumpkin for their needs. Even with all of their planning, getting home with the pumpkin has proven to be more difficult than they had anticipated. It’s difficult to get it up the hill without it sliding back down. Friendship and teamwork are required if the pals are to return home with their prized pumpkins.
Mouse Loves Fall by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan
Now that it’s getting cooler outdoors, Mouse and Minka are itching to get outside and play. Colors, numerals, and adjectives make up the bulk of the story’s lexicon. And everyone who has ever jumped into a pile of leaves will be able to identify with the story. The bolded terms are intended to aid with vocabulary development.
Never Bring a Zebracorn to School by Jack Lewis
The back-to-school season is the perfect time for this early reader. Bringing her pet zebracorn to school for show and tell results in hilarity and mayhem. The amusing story is also delivered in rhymes!
Boo, Katie Woo! by Fran Manushkin and Tammie Lyon
Halloween is one of Katie Woo’s most cherished autumnal rituals. In an effort to scare everyone, she wants to dress up as a terrifying monster for Halloween. When people can tell it’s her and aren’t afraid, she feels upset and dissatisfied.
Fall Chapter Books for Beginning Readers
Me and the Pumpkin Queen by Marlane Kennedy
Mildred’s mother died when she was just six years old, and she misses her. To prepare for the Circleville, Ohio Pumpkin Festival, she plants a giant pumpkin in an attempt to make a link with the past. Young botanists can learn how to produce pumpkins from start to finish with the help of this book.
Roscoe the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Shana Gorian
Rosco, a German Shepherd, and his owners James and Mandy visit a pumpkin patch. Older bullies in skeleton masks scare smaller kids inside the corn maze. While Rosco has spent the day being a cheeky rogue, he must now take a stand as a hero.
Ninjas Don’t Bake Pumpkin Pies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones
The Bailey School Kids of the 1990s are back. The kids, a mixture of farce and eerie fiction, make assumptions about the town’s new baker. Readers will be captivated by this first mystery and learn a valuable lesson about the dangers of making assumptions. Children who are anxious about returning to school in the fall might check out this book.