38 Best Fall Books For Kids: Autumn Picture Books

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Fall Books for Kids. This book list is full of the best fall books filled with beautiful illustrations, celebration of seasonal changes, and colorful leaves to welcome the autumn season of fall. Pair an autumn book (or five) with a beautiful fall day in the crisp air, apple picking, leave hunting, searching for the perfect pumpkin, and more of your favorite traditions of fall. Mama, grab you a pumpkin spice latte, too. 🙂

If my girls could accompany a classic autumn picture book with an activity, they would choose a leaf hunt. I love encouraging them to see the beauty in creation and the vibrant colors of the trees’ leaves.

Celebrate this magical season with a few fall favorites (snacks, activities, etc.) and a gorgeous book from this Fall Books For Kids Booklist.

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List of Fall Books for Kids: Fall-Themed Books

1. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

It’s Fletcher’s first fall season. He is concerned about the falling leaves. This little fox has a lot to learn about the changing seasons. This precious picture book is one of my favorite fall books to read to my girls (in the spring, be sure to check out Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms).

2. The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry

Make sure to have a tissue. This one gets me every time. “Scarecrow stands alone and scares…” He has no place to go and no friends. Everyone remains outside of the fence; until one day, a baby crow falls from his nest. Scarecrow does the most unlikely thing, and a relationship is born. I cannot tell you more without spoiling this sweet story of friendship. We grab this book every fall.

3. Miss Suzy by Miriam Young

A gang of red squirrels takes over Miss Suzy’s cozy oak tree home. She makes a dollhouse her home and meets a brigade of toy soldiers who rid her home of the mischievous squirrels.

4. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

A young girl walks through her town and a forest, taking notice of the signs of Autumn. I love the panorama spreads of colorful illustrations that allow younger readers to get a larger glimpse of the fall changes. If you enjoy this book, check out Goodbye Autumn Hello Winter and more snowy reads on our booklist Snowy Reads for Kids.

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5. If You Find a Leaf by Aimee Sicuro

I am always hunting for books that encourage kids to look around and find the beauty of nature and the signs of our Almighty Creator. This wonderful picture book encourages children to observe the rustic-colored leaves of fall differently. Here is a cute leaf craft to accompany this good book or encourage kids to design their creations as found in the book.

6. Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

Winter is here. It is time for the farm to rest. But first, preparations must be made before putting the farm to a well-deserved rest. This book beautifully illustrates and informs about the tasks and seasons on the family farm. A great way to teach your kids about seasons on the farm (click HERE for more farm picture books).

7. Little Tree by Loren Long

A brisk autumn wind ruffles Little Tree’s beloved leaves. The tree fears losing its leaves and clings tightly to them, which stunts its growth. The other trees around Little Tree grow big and strong. Seasons pass, and Little Tree finally makes a difficult decision and feels the cold for the first time.

8. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming

This funny picture book is a cute story about an energetic cross squirrel concerned that his tree is losing its leaves. Squirrel attempts to find the culprit who is stealing his beautiful beloved leaves.

9. Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing by Jane Yolen

With the dawning of autumn, the pond is changing. Sadly, Little Frog’s favorite color is disappearing. Little Frog is not sure of the colors of fall. However, Papa Frog helps her to be brave and see the beauty of change.

10. In November by Cynthia Rylant

This great book is a carol to the cozy month of November: the smells of cinnamon, the leafless trees, the sights of animals scurrying to prepare for winter, and the homes filled with family and friends, gathering to give thanks at “winter’s gate.” Check out more Thanksgiving Books.

11. In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

This simple picture book explores the colors, sights, smells, and changes of fall. In the Middle of Fall is a wonderful read for little ones.

12. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

The little gray squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He is too busy to nibble with the mice and hop with the frogs. He has to hurry because the leaves are falling.

13. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Cat, Squirrel, and Duck live in harmony in their white cabin in the woods until Duck decides to stir the pumpkin soup, breaking tradition. In a rumble, Duck leaves their home. After his friends settle down, they become concerned and realize their actions were wrong. Content warning: There is an image of a witch as the animals picture scaring things they could find in the woods. (All that is missing is a delicious pumpkin soup recipe listed at the end of the book.)

14. The Hundred-Year Barn by Patricia MacLachlan

This wonderful book is written from the perspective of a little boy who watches his community help his dad build the Hundred-Year Barn. The barn becomes a beloved landmark of his childhood. This red barn is more than a shelter. It is a symbol of peace, stability, and friendship. While building the barn, a dearly loved item is lost, only to be found many years later by the boy, now a man.

15. Autumn Story Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem

The Brambly Hedge Series by Jill Barklem is great for young readers ready for a longer bedtime read. The illustrations are beautiful and filled with detail kids will love. The wintery weather is blowing in fast, but the harvest is not finished. Everyone sets out to gather their crops, but a little woodmouse finds herself lost in the woods after dreaming the day away.

16. Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer

I love to teach my kids through picture books. This picture book is a fun way to teach your kids about the cycle of an Oak tree and the connections of the animals and plants that surround it.

17. Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola

The beloved Strega Nona plants her garden. She is very particular and organized in her planting. On the other hand, Big Anthony decides to plant a garden as well but in more of an unorganized fashion. Strega Nona has a method, and Anthony becomes overwhelmed. Mysterious crops began to show up at her door, and she blesses the village people with the surprise harvest. Content warning: She does blow kisses and sings to the moon.

18. Red Leaf and Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

This autumn picture book is a vibrant non-fiction book with facts about trees. The back of the book contains a glossary and fun activities for you and your children. The perfect book to teach young readers about trees.

19. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

The leaf man is on the move, drifting with the autumn breeze. The illustrations are crafted with leaves, bringing whimsy to this precious picture book about fall.

20. The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

This is a great informational book about pumpkins. From the different pumpkin varieties, the planting process and harvest, and directions on pumpkin craving and drying pumpkin seeds. Content warning: The book mentions Halloween being the day that ghosts, witches, and goblins roamed the night so people would build bonfires to scare them away.

21. Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson

Lewis Mouse continues to hear a scritch, scratch, tap, tap, tap! He yells in his bravest voice, “Who goes there?” He imagines all the scary things it could be. But he is in for a great surprise when he discovers the noisemaker.

22. County Fair: My First Little House Books

This fall picture book adapted from Laura Ingall Wilder’s Farmer Boy. Almanzo enters his special pumpkin in a contest at the county fair.

23. Four Friends in Autumn by Tomie dePaola

Mistress Piggy wants to celebrate her favorite season of Autumn with a feast for her friends. The friends seem to wait forever, but Mistress Piggy takes a while to emerge from the kitchen. But dinner disappears, and the friends learn that food tastes better when dining with friends.

24. Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall beautifully illustrates the daily life and the stories of the farmhouse. It truly is a beautiful book that allows you to peek through the windows and experience the joy of the farmhouse. This is a must-read on farm books for kids.

25. Bear Has a Story to Tell by Phillip C. Stead

Everyone is getting ready for winter, Bear’s eyes are getting ready but he has a story to tell. He tries to tell his story to the mouse, the duck, and the frog, but everyone must bed down for winter. When spring returns, bear awakens excited to tell his story. But first he brings everyone a gift and welcomes home his friends.

26. The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders

Marla Little loses control of her pumpkin down a hill. She gathers a crowd of help following behind her and the pumpkin. The pumpkin lands right into a large black cauldron. Perfect for pumpkin soup!

27. Lawerence in the Fall by Matthew Farina

A school assignment has Lawerence discouraged. He must show the class something that he collects. His papa has an idea, and they journey together into the forest. Lawerence is awestruck by the oak tree’s beautiful leaves and finds something special to share with his friends.

28. Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

This picture book is very simple. Jamie, a young boy, watches his pumpkin grow, carves a face in the pumpkin, and saves six seeds for planting in the spring.

29. Leaves by David Ezra Stein

It’s Bear’s first autumn. The leaves are falling all over his island. This young bear is concerned. He tries to fix the leaves, but it doesn’t work. He gathers a handful of leaves, throws them in a hole, and tucks himself into the leaves to rest through winter. In the spring, he is welcomed by the tiny green buds. This book has simple text and bright rustic watercolor illustrations, perfect for little ones.

30. Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor

It is almost Halloween, and Sylvie Ann, a young girl, wants to make a most fierce Pumpkin Moonshine (which is a Jack-O’-lantern). She goes on a hunt to find the fattest pumpkin but has a bit of a mishap rolling the pumpkin down the hill.

31. Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

It’s a stormy night, and Bear is frightened and gets lost. His woodland friends come to his rescue.

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31. Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston

32. It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

33. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

This is the perfect book to encourage young children to practice thankfulness for everyday blessings. The book is filled with simple rhyming text and whimsical illustrations.

34. Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

35. Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson

36. Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold

37. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow

38. Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre

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Thanks for Stopping By!

Lastly, I want to thank you for stopping by! Please say Hi in the comment section and share your favorite autumn book. I hope you and your children find a favorite book from this list of fall books for kids. Happy Fall!

– With Great Joy, Katie


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