Whether you are looking for fall picture books for your classroom or are simply wanting to read some to your kids, I’ve got a great list to get you started!
With the cooler temperatures rolling in, it’s a great time to break out the apple cider, slipper socks, and cozy up with a stack of your favorite picture books about fall.
This is a family-friendly list of fall books. While it is geared towards prek through second grade, I find that my older kids love listening to these selections as well.
So, without further ado, here are our favorite fall picture books for kids:
Fall Picture Books
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The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
This is a sweet little fall picture book about a lonely scarecrow who nurtures and loves a baby crow. The baby crow grows up, flies away, and then comes back, bring family with him. We found this to be a lovely fall story about kindness and friendship.
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Rebecca grew up poor and eating pumpkins, she is old now and can’t even stand to look at them. But one day a pumpkin was dropped in her yard. She avoided it. So it sat, until the following year when, much to her surprise, that lone pumpkin produced a huge patch of pumpkins. What she does with those pumpkins is what makes this story great! (A family favorite!)
Sophia’s Squash by Pat Zeitlow Miller
This is such a delightful fall picture book! Sophie gets a squash from the farmers market but instead of cooking it up, she names it Bernice. All is well, until Bernice begins to rot…(Another favorite!)
County Fair by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This fall book is full of autumn vibes as Almonzo and his family go to the county fair. Almonzo’s prize pumpkin went the day before because it was too big to fit in the buggy. Follow Almonzo as he spends the day at the county fair, then see what the judges think of his prize pumpkin. (Note: All the books in the Little House Picture Book Series are fantastic.)
How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Ariceman
What do you do if you want to make an apple pie but don’t have all the ingredients? You travel around the world to get them! This is a fantastic book that not only teaches you how to make an apple pie but about geography as well.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
This is a sweet story about a gentle fox who feels sorry for his favorite tree that is losing its leaves. But as the seasons changes, he discovers that his favorite tree is sparkly with icicles and radiating with a new kind of beauty.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pan
This book is an ode to autumn. Follow the little girl as she walks through nature and greets the different elements of change. This is a very easy read, but a nice book that highlights the changes that autumn brings.
Autumn Story by Jill Barklem
Another delightful story with the charming mice of Brambly Hedge! This time, they are in in rush to get the harvest in before the weather changes. (Our kids loved the story line and the detailed, cozy illustrations of this book.)
Mouses First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Here’s a good fall picture book for toddlers or preschoolers. Follow Mouse and Minka as they discover the colors, shapes, and textures of the changing leaves. While the text is simple, it does a nice job of introducing the changes of fall.
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
It/s getting colder and squirrel needs to finish gathering for the winter. Follow him around as he sees pumpkins, leaves, apples, and other signs of autumn. (This would be another great fall book for preschoolers.)
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
I like to include this Caldecott winner in any seasonal picture book list, because it shows the big picture of all the seasons. Not only that, its a heart-warming story about the little house. (A family favorite.)
A Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice Provensen
This is another big picture look of the seasons. Follow along to see how life changes with each season during a year at Maple Hill Farm. This book has colorful illustrations and we found it to be very informative in an engaging way.
I Know its Autumn by Eileen Spinelli
I know its autumn when…morning light comes late, there are pumpkin muffins for breakfasts, and grandpa is wearing his slipper socks. I loved each of this child’s sweet observations about the season of autumn: definitely a favorite.
Lawrence is the Fall by Matthew Farina
Lawrence doesn’t have anything to bring for show n’ tell. So his father takes him out into the forest where he discovers the wonders of fall. I like the father/son connection in this story and the delight they take in exploring nature.
In November by Cynthia Rylant
This is a peaceful book about the earth and its creatures as it prepares for the long winter months ahead. While the text is simple, we found the illustrations and free verse poetry every delightful.
Books About Fall for Toddlers
I didn’t included the books about fall for toddlers in the main list because they need a separate list all to themselves. With books for toddlers, I’m typically looking for books they can hold, as well as, engage with. Here are a few of my recommendations for fall books for toddlers. (These titles link to thriftbooks.com which is one of my favorite online discount book sites- no affiliate links, just more great books.)
Books about Fall for Toddlers
- Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
- Leaves by David Ezra Stein
- Apples and Pumpkins by Annie Rockwell
- The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
- I Love Fall by Alison Inches
- Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli
Books About Fall for Preschoolers
Looking for some books about fall for preschool? Here are a handful (from the above list) of shorter, fall books that I think would be a good fit for preschoolers. (These titles are linked to thriftbooks.com which is one of my favorite thrifty online book sites.)
Books about Fall for Preschoolers:
- I Know its Autumn by Eileen Spinelli
- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
- The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
- Mouses First Fall by Lauren Thompson
- Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pan
- Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Books About Fall for Kindergarten
Need a few books about fall for kindergarten? Here are some (from the above list) that my kids really enjoyed when they were in kindergarten. (I’ve also linked these titles to thriftbooks.com and abebooks.com if you are looking for discounted prices)
Books about Fall for Kindergarten:
- The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
- Sophia’s Squash by Pat Zeitlow Miller
- In November by Cynthia Rylant
- County Fair by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Check out these other Fall-Themed Picture Book Lists
Before you go, be sure to check out these other fall-themed picture book lists. You can also visit the themed picture book lists page and get a variety of other book lists based off of more early-childhood themes.
- Books About Pumpkins for Kids
- Picture Books About Farm Animals
- Awesome Picture Books About Apples
- Picture Books About Thanksgiving