Fall is full of special days to commemorate: Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Halloween, Election Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. But sometimes you just want a book about the season: colored leaves, pumpkins and apples, cooler weather (at least that’s the season here in New England). Some of the books on this list touch on Halloween and Thanksgiving, but for the most part they are just celebrations of fall.
Stumpkin by Lucy Rose Cummins
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018
Lacking a stem, Stumpkin fears he will never get to be a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. But a surprise twist that includes an “inside look” at the creation of a jack-o-lantern provides a satisfying ending just in time for trick-or-treating. 56 pages; ages 4-8.
Time for Cranberries by Lisl H. Detlefsen, illustrated by Jed Henry
Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2015
This year, Sam is old enough to help with his family’s cranberry harvest…and he always enjoys eating homemade cranberry sauce and cranberry pies at Thanksgiving. Includes recipes for both the sauce and the pie. 32 pages; grades K-3.
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry, illustrated by The Fan Brothers
Published by HarperCollins, 2019
Being a scarecrow means that no animals come near. But one day, a baby crow lands close by, and suddenly the scarecrow has someone to care for. When the crow leaves in the fall, the scarecrow has a lonely winter. But spring brings a series of happy surprises. 40 pages; ages 3-8.
Wonderfall by Michael Hall
Published by Greenwillow Books, 2016
Simple poems follow an oak tree from green leaves to multicolored to bare branches, ending with snowfall. Includes information about how animals and trees get ready for cold weather. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming, illusrated by Nicola Slater
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2021
Squirrel’s in a panic when he discovers some of his leaves are missing. Fortunately, his patient friend Bird calms him down with a reminder that this happens every year. Sure to get some laughs. 32 pages; ages 3-8.
In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
Published by Greenwillow Books, 2017
A girl and her dog enjoy all that fall has to offer: acorns, apples, pumpkins, and falling leaves. Part of a set of books by the husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek about each season. 40 pages; ages 3-7.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Published by Henry Holt and Company
Another book featuring a girl and her dog; in this one the pair goes for a walk on a late summer day, and hear from animals and plants how each one is getting ready for fall. At the end of the book, the two greet the new season. Other books by Kenard Pak greet the spring and winter. 32 pages; ages 4-7.
Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre
Published by Beach Lane Books, 2017
Simple poetry and beautiful photographs help kids appreciate autumn; look for similar books by April Pulley Sayre about the other seasons. Includes scientific information about what is happening on each page of the book. 40 pages; ages 3-8.
We Are Grateful: Otsoliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac
Published by Charlesbridge, 2018
“Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude.” See how each season brings its own reasons to celebrate and be thankful. An excellent Thanksgiving book. Includes a glossary, an author’s note, and a Cherokee syllabary with some lessons about the Cherokee language. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
Published by Beach Lane Books, 2016
Depending on what part of the country you live in, fall may indeed be a yellow time. Celebrate that time and prepare for what follows: white time. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington
Published by Dial Books, 2015
As the narrator collects leaves, readers get a close-up look and some information about trees and their leaves. Includes directions for leaf prints and leaf rubbings. 32 pages; ages 3-7.