Fall-Themed Books for Young Children

The days are crisp, bright, and sunny, and the nights are starting to have a definite chill to the air. Fall has arrived! Since this is my favorite season, I love to find new ways to share it with my two sons. Here are some fall-themed books that we enjoy reading over and over while we sip cider and crunch Macoun apples dipped in caramel…yum! Enjoy the season! šŸ™‚

Pumpkin Day!,Ā Apples, Apples, Apples, and Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!

All three books by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

These books, which feature Wallace’s signature bright illustration art made of cut paper, are wonderful because they seamlessly tell simple stores which appeal to preschoolers while giving some natural science lessons as well. Younger kids can read them just for the stories and learn more and more factual information as they get older.


By Gail Gibbons


Gail Gibbons is another favorite of mine for teaching young children basic natural science. Her books always feature child-friendly yet accurate illustrations of topics from the natural world and include just enough information to answer questions preschoolers and early grade school children have without overwhelming them. This book, which talks about the life cycle of apples, does exactly that.

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch

By Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch

My two-year-old requests this book nearly every night these days! This is a cute rhyming story about some mischievousĀ pigs that escape from their pen and run around the farm causing trouble. It’s a great fall story to read after a farm hayride or a trip to the pumpkin patch!

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

By Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Who doesn’t love Lois Ehlert’s gorgeous and well-recognized mixed-media illustration? My kids love her other titles, especially Eating the Alphabet, but this book is nice for it’s mixture of story-telling with factual information about the life-cycle of sugar maples.

TheĀ Busy Little Squirrel

By Nancy Tafuri

The Busy Little Squirrel
The Busy Little Squirrel

This is a cute, simple story about why all the squirrels are so busy in the fall. The illustrations are of many familiar fall scenes that your toddler or preschooler will enjoy, and the simple story is easy to follow and understand even for very young children.

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do! Do you have any fall favorites? Share them!

All images are from Amazon.com

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