Fall Into Autumn

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Fall Into Autumn

Apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves… There are so many great things that come along with autumn! Even though it may not feel like it outside quite yet, fall is right around the corner. After such a hot summer, I know I’m looking forward to that crisp, cool air that starts to blow in late September. How about you?
 
Get ready and excited for one of the best seasons of all with these fall-tastic picture books!
 
Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Have you ever thought about autumn from a tree’s perspective? In Fall is Not Easy, a tree tells readers how easy things are during the winter, spring, and summer. Fall, on the other hand, is a slightly more difficult season. While all the other trees’ leaves turn the traditional red, orange, and yellow, this tree has a different experience -- his leaves do change color, but they’re not at all what you’d expect. Kids will laugh and have fun describing the tree’s leaves each time they change. This book is a light-hearted introduction to fall and the changing of the seasons in general. The simple, rhyming text makes it an excellent choice for a read aloud. Recommended for ages 3-5.
 
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
The Little Yellow Leaf is another story told from an interesting point of view; this time, we hear about fall through the experiences of one yellow leaf. Though the air is growing colder and all of the other leaves are falling to the ground, the little yellow leaf is not ready to let go of its big oak tree. Even after it snows, the little yellow leaf doesn’t budge. However, when the little yellow leaf meets another leaf who’s still clinging to a branch, they make a deal to let go together. The underlying themes of friendship and courage, coupled with the beautiful collage illustrations, make this book one-of-a-kind. Recommended for ages 3-7.
 
My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington
This picture book takes learning about autumn, trees, and leaves to the next level. A young girl wanders through the park to collect leaves for her leaf book. As she finds them, she describes their shapes and characteristics and consults a tree guide to learn about what type of tree each leaf comes from. The names of different trees are highlighted in various colors, and labeled pages with leaf rubbings show a realistic representation of each kind of leaf. The last page has instructions for leaf projects that kids and caregivers can do together at home. For another fun fall read by Wellington, check out Apple Farmer Annie. Recommended for ages 3-8.
 
Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal
Though this story takes place during an unspecified season, autumn is a wonderful time to camp, hike, and get out and enjoy the great outdoors, so I felt it deserved to be included. While on a camping trip up in the mountains, a family explores trails around a lake, sees lots of animals and natural sights, and builds a campfire under the stars. In addition to its cute story and unique illustrations, this book serves as an introduction to prepositions. Words like down, over, in, and among are highlighted in a slightly different color than the rest of the text. I just love when a picture book has so much to offer! Recommended for ages 4-9.
 
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
I’m a big Lois Ehlert fan; her illustrations are so unique and I really enjoy how her books always seem to deliver a dose of education along with entertainment. In Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, a child shares the story of a tree that her family planted near their home. She describes it as it grows and changes throughout the many seasons, explaining that fall is her favorite time. Why? That’s for young readers to guess, though the colorful spread of leaves on the page will provide a helpful hint. The last several pages provide informational tidbits about trees and planting, as well as instructions for creating a bird treat to hang in your very own tree. If you like this one, you may want to check out Ehlert's Leaf Man, as well. Recommended for ages 4-8.
 
Apples and Robins by Lucie Félix
Using shapes and cut-outs to aid in storytelling, Apples and Robins follows the life of a tree from late summer through early spring. When apples appear, the narrator climbs a ladder to pick one to eat. When a worm makes itself known, a robin flies in. When a thunderstorm wrecks the robin’s home, the narrator rakes the leaves, collects the apples in a basket, and re-builds the robins’ birdhouse. The apples last throughout winter, and come springtime, some baby robins and apple blossoms are welcomed to the tree. This story is elevated by the incredibly exciting and creative illustrations, which will encourage both kids and adults to think outside the box. Recommended for ages 4-8.
 
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
How many seeds are in a pumpkin? In this story, Mr. Tiffin brings three pumpkins to school - one big, one medium, and one small. When he poses this very question to his class, the children make all kinds of wild guesses. The next day, the students divide up into groups to count the pumpkin seeds. Charlie, the smallest boy in the class, gets stuck with the smallest pumpkin. However, when Mr. Tiffin tallies up the results, everyone is surprised to learn which pumpkin has the most seeds. This book serves as a wonderful reminder that “small things can have a lot going on inside them.” For another autumn-inspired read by McNamara and Karas, check out The Apple Orchard Riddle. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
A young girl leaves her house on a late summer morning. She walks around the surrounding areas and says hello to everything she passes, such as trees, animals, and even the chill in the air. Each one responds in a way that demonstrates summer is on its way out, and fall is on its way in. She sees that animals are preparing for hibernation, leaves are changing colors, and the sun is setting earlier in the day. In the end, she bids farewell to summer and says hello to autumn. This book will inspire readers to look around and take in nature’s beauty when they walk outside. Plus, the illustrations are absolutely breathtaking. Recommended for ages 3-7.

The Apple Pie that Papa Baked written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Jonathan Bean
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked is a cumulative tale, similar to poems and songs like “This is the House That Jack Built” and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” In this book, a young girl describes each and every step that goes into baking an apple pie, including everything the apple tree itself needs to survive and grow. Readers will enjoy the rhythmic, repetitive nature of the story, as well as the classic-style illustrations, which Bean says were influenced by Virginia Lee Burton and Wanda Gag. Recommended for ages 4-8.

It’s Fall! written by Lisa Glaser and illustrated by Susan Swan
The leaves are changing and falling off the trees.  Animals are preparing to hibernate for the long, cold winter ahead. Acorns, pine cones, and pumpkins abound. Signs of autumn are everywhere! Using descriptive text and lively collage illustrations, this book introduces readers to all of the wonderful things one can expect from the season. The last couple pages are full of fun nature activities to do in the fall, such as making a seed mosaic and planting flowering bulbs in your yard or in a pot. Glaser and Swan have an entire series about the seasons, so be sure to check out their books on winter, spring, and summer, when the time is right. Recommended for ages 4-8.