The days are getting crisper, the leaves are slowly changing and I am finding myself frantically digging through our storage boxes for last years thick warm sweaters. Fall is in the air!
Which means, it is the perfect time to cozy up with your little one while enjoying a good book together. So let's get reading - grab your little one, a big fluffy blanket, a glass of red wine (for you), a cup of warm cider (for them) and let the fun begin.
To help you get started, here are our 12 favorite books about fall, the ones that are on constant repeat in our house.
I separated them out into two categories for you - books for the little ones who are between 6 months and 3 years of age and a list of books for Preschoolers/Little Kids. But the message in all of the books is the same - fall is in the air! Stories about pumpkins, colorful leaves and the changing of the seasons will get your family ready for the fun activities that this cooler season has to offer.
Also, by demand, I added a parenting book that I just can't get enough of! It's amazing and is slowing changing the way I parent (more info at bottom of post).
Happy fall reading!!
Books good for Babies/Toddlers (6 M - 3 years)
Baby Loves Fall!: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book - Another series that we love is the Baby Flip Books. Parker especially loves these books and has to have a couple in her crib at all times (as you can imagine, they are now all torn to shreds). This is the newest one we got where Baby is going around exploring everything about fall - acorns, leaves, hats and mittens. The illustrations are colorful and they are simple to read so baby can pick up on the words of the season.
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin - Take the classic song 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' and add pumpkins instead of spiders and you have an instant fall favorite! I would say this book is more for 18M-3 years because they mention spooky and goblin feet.
I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book - A lovely book filled with cute rhymes and fun touch-and-feel items for your child to play with. The story starts with a girl with an empty basket and you go around and load it up with fun fall items. I definitely recommend this book if your child likes touch-and-feel books, it's got a great pie tin piece in it!
Books good for Preschoolers (3-5 years old)
Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book - Follow a tree and the animals that live around it as it changes with the seasons. Beautiful illustrations and fun to be interactive with. This is a must-read book!
Counting on Fall - A fun counting book that works on patterns, textures and shapes that come from the great outdoors. We are just starting to work on bigger math problems with Ellie and this makes it fun to do.
Wonderfall - Celebrate the wonder of fall with this whimsical book filled with short poems and eye-catching illustrations as we look at a tree over the changing of the season.
Bear Has a Story to Tell - This book is meant to be read curled up under a warm blanket on a cold night. A sweet story of Bear and how all he wants to do is tell his friends a story, but they are too busy flying south, gathering acorns and finding a warm place to sleep to listen. After the long winter sleeping, Bear forgets his story but with the help of his friends they remember it together.
Fall Mixed Up - A funny story about a little boy mixing up his months and in turn mixing everything up - apples turn orange, wolfs 'meow', geese hibernate and squirrels fly south! Your kid will have a blast finding all the mixed up items in this book.
Fall Walk - A lyrical tale of a grandma taking a child on a walk through the turning leaves. This book is beautiful and fun to read but it is also great to take outdoors and have your child find and identify all the different leaves in your neighborhood. It's great for all the little explores and scientists out there.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn - Become immersed in nature as you follow along with a little girl as she walks through a forest and into town. Absolutely beautiful drawings and poetic story.
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt - A fun book that plays on the classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt book. A great book to act out with the kids as you go on your own leaf hunt. Only problem with this book was that I found myself saying 'we're going on a leaf hunt' over and over to myself throughout the day!
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids - I am not even done with this book yet (I want to savor each chapter and really put it into action the different aspects of this book before I move on), but I cannot recommend it enough! It goes into the basic philosophy on how not to hyper-parent and if you cut back on unnecessary items (screen time, after school activities, flashy foods, excess toys) you will get calmer and happier kids. After a summer of WAY too many activities, I decided to pull majorly back in this area because most of the time Ellie and Parker weren't even into the activities. This simple step really helped them not be so crabby and exhausted from everything that was on their plates. Next up for us, clearing out the toys and donating them to a local charity. I think I might be more attached to some of their toys then they are.
What are some of your favorite fall books for kids?
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