Fall is a fun and colorful season to share with young children.The leaves on the trees start to change colors, farmers start harvesting their crops in preparation for winter and there is a chill in the air. As a parent one of my favorite ways to spend a cool fall evening is to cuddle up on the couch with my little ones, a warm blanket and a good book and since fall is here its even better if the book we choose has a fall theme. Reading about fall helps children identify with the changes they see going on around them and gives them a sense of pride when they can share with others what they know about the fall season. There have been plenty of books about fall written just for young children and to help busy parents choose one here are five of my favorite children’s books about fall.
Top Five Children’s Books About Fall
1. It’s Fall written by Linda Glaser and illustrated by Susan Swan
In this book about the fall season a young boy describes to the reader what happens to animals, plants and people in the fall. It is written in easy to read text and has beautiful cut paper illustrations. One of the things I like best about this book is the list of full Autumn activities that parents and children can do together which is given at the end of the story. The paperback version of Its Fall retails for $3.95 on Amazon.
2. Leaf Man written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
In this book a man who is made of leaves flies away one day. The story unfold as the reader follows the Leaf Man on his journey past animals, over fields, meadows and water ways. Leaf Man is written in a simple to read text that children will enjoy. There is also information given on the back of each page about different types of leaves and the trees they come from. What I like best about this book is that everything that is described in the text is made out of life-size leaves of various shapes, sizes, and hues and used to illustrate the book. Leaf Man is available in a hardcover from Amazon and retails for as low as $3.95
3. We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt written by Steven Metzger and illustrated by Miki Sakamoto
My children love this fun book that mimics the popular children’s activity “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”. In We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt a group children hike through the woods, through a field and over a mountain to find a variety of different fall leaves. The rhyming text and sound effects make this a great book to read to a large group of children as it definitely gets and keeps their attention. We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt comes in a paperback version and retails for $3.22 on Amazon
4. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves written by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanee Beeke
This book is about a young fox named Fletcher who becomes concerned when the leaves on his favorite tree turn brown. His mom tells him not to worry, but he does worry as the tree starts to lose its leaves one by one until only one leaf is left. Fletcher tries unsuccessfully to secure it to the limb. When the leaf falls Fletcher goes home feeling very sad but awakens the next morning to a wondrous sight. His tree has been transformed in the night and is covered with icicles. Fletcher then knows his tree is going to be alright. This is a great story to talk to young children about what happens as the seasons change. Fletcher and The Falling Leaves is available in a paperback version on Amazon and retails for as low as $3.00
5. Fall Leaves Fallwritten by Zoe Hall and illustrated by Shari Halpern
This fun book describes all the fun things children can do with fall leaves such as jump in them, crunch them, make an art project with them, and compare them. Children will love looking at the different types of leaves and talking about what they can do with them.Fall Leaves Fall is available in a hardback version and retails for $21.00 on Amazon
All of these books are available online from Amazon www.amazon.com Many are available as less expensive used copies for parents on a budget.