One of my favorite ways to teach my daughter about random things in life like, say, the changing of the seasons, is with books.
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Bee absolutely loves it when I read to her. We currently spend at least 20 minutes reading every evening before bed. Starting next month, I plan to add an extra 30 minutes of reading to our morning routine.
I remember thinking last year that it was interesting that Bee, at the time only 2, didn’t seem to notice when the seasons began to change.
She never commented on rainy days after months of sunshine. She didn’t ask about the bitter winter temperatures or why the leaves changed colors in the fall.
This year is different, though. She started asking me weather and season related questions a couple months ago.
“Why is it so hot outside, Mom?”
“Mommy, when will the snow be here?”
Answers like “because it’s summer” and “in the winter” leave her staring at me in confusion.
Just as with everything else in life, we have to teach our little ones about the four seasons, why they change, and what each season brings.
I’ve had little luck finding kids books about autumn, or even the seasons in general, at my local library. Because of that, I decided to do a little online browsing.
Turns out these seasonal books do exist and I may need to buy some!
There are a lot of them, though. So many that I’m not sure which ones I should purchase.
So far I’ve narrowed my list down to about 30 great books about autumn. Still a huge number, but it’s a start!
“Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn.”
“Join Ginger, as she takes her little brother Tommy on a leafy adventure, and shows him how to run, jump, and hide all day in the colorful autumn snow!”
“It’s now Autumn in Misty Tops Wood, and Cyril and his sister, Beth, are busy collecting nuts in the park. Their friend Molly Mouse is helping them.”
“Discusses the life cycle of leaves, describes how they change color in the fall, and provides instructions for an autumn art project.”
“Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn’t work. Eventually, he gets sleepy and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it’s spring and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him.”
“One cool day Mouse and Minka venture out to play. From leaves of all colors—red, yellow, orange to brown—to leaves of all shapes and sizes—Mouse learns what makes fall such a special season!”
“As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes and with it a wonderful surprise.”
“Rebecca Estelle has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl. When an enormous pumpkin falls off a truck and smashes in her yard, she shovels dirt over the pieces and forgets about them. But those slimy pumpkin smithereens sprout up in autumn, and Rebecca Estelle finds herself with a sea of pumpkins.”
“Discusses how different animals prepare for winter, including birds flying south and bears hibernating.”
“Count backward from 10 to one during one of the most colorful times of year: fall.”
“Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.”
“There are lots of beautiful fall leaves to find! Three friends have a big adventure hiking over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. What will they do with all their leaves at the end of the story? Jump and play in them, of course!”
“Brr! It’s starting to get chilly! Find out how weather changes during fall. See how people and animals get ready for cooler temperatures.”
“A little girl chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. It’s the perfect bedtime story to read with your little pumpkin.”
“This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie.”
“Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season.”
“In the middle of fall, it takes only one gust of wind to turn the whole world yellow and red and orange. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the fall season.”
“A grandfather and his granddaughter welcome fall in this sweet, whimsical story about finding beauty and wonder in every moment.”
“Fall is all mixed up in this silly book from Bob Raczka! Can you find his mistakes in the words and pictures?”
“That wild old lady is back swallowing fall-themed items. What can you make from leaves, clothes, a pumpkin, and rope? That’s right, a scarecrow!”
“A young girl spends a glorious fall day picking apples and searching for the perfect pumpkin in this refreshed classic.”
“In Counting on Fall, the first title in the Math in Nature series by award-winning author Lizann Flatt, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of number sense and enumeration.”
“Autumn is time for the leaves to change colors. Get out your rake and help gather the fallen leaves. Find out why leaves change color. And take a running leap into that huge pile of leaves!”
“A wonderfully zany story about what happens on a farm when a leaf blows into the barn!”
“Lois Ehlert uses watercolor collage and pieces of actual seeds, fabric, wire, and roots in this innovative and rich introduction to the life of a tree. A special glossary explains how roots absorb nutrients, what photosynthesis is, how sap circulates, and other facts about trees.”
“This vibrant poem celebrates the beauty of autumn while inviting us all to go ahead and jump in that big, colorful, pile of fall leaves.”
“Simple text and bold, beautiful paper sculpture convey the animal life, plant life, weather, colors, clothing, and feelings associated with the fall season.”
“Fall is a time to celebrate food. Farmers and gardeners work hard to grow crops all spring and summer. In fall, we harvest pumpkins, pecans, corn, potatoes, and more. Mmm!”
“Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and the folks of Bear Country are looking forward to everything the season brings.”
“Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs and the very best of friends. Together they make shadow puppets, follow slimy snail trails, and search for spider webs. One autumn day they are watching the leaves fall from the trees when they hear a squeak . . . Could it be a new friend to play with?”
Does your little one have any of these books about autumn? If so, which ones? If not, do you think you’ll be buying one of these books to ring in the new season?