October 15, 2013

Our Top 10 Children's Books about Fall

Fall is my favorite season, and I love that there are plenty of books to introduce children to its many beauties. Here are ten of my favorites, all about fall foods, traditions, and seasonal changes. 

1. The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy & Niamh Sharkey - A harvest folk tale from Russia about a farmer and his wife's attempt to unearth a larger-than-usual turnip, with illustrations that are reminiscent of Lane Smith.

2. The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall - A book that will make you hungry for apple pie, all about the journey an apple takes from the tree to the pan.

3. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell - The story of a little girl's trip to pick apples and pumpkins with her family, complete with a pumpkin carving party afterwards!

4. South by Patrick McDonnell - In this picture book with no words, Mooch the cat helps a young bird follow his family South. I absolutely love Patrick McDonnell's illustrations, too! (For more, check out Hug Time.)

5. The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger - A beautiful story that tells the story of a little yellow leaf waiting to fall and compares it to preparing to leap into the unknown.

6. Autumnblings by Douglas Florian - A fantastic book of poetry for children, all about the autumn season.

7. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert - A sweet story about a man made of leaves, carried around by the wind - and the illustrations are actually made of leaves! For another beautiful fall book, check out Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.

8. The Stranger by Chris van Allsburg - From the author that wrote The Polar Express and Jumanji, The Stranger tells about a farmer's encounter with the mysterious Jack Frost.

9. The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown - This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a chicken's quest to trade just enough items to get Scarecrow's straw hat.

10. Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg - My very favorite retelling of Johnny Appleseed, by one of my most favorite authors (and illustrators).

What are your favorite books about fall? (Kid's or not!)


  1. You are my link up neighbour for Tell us Tuesday. Just stopping by to say hi:)

  2. Thanks for sharing at Babies and Beyond! I'm going to see if our library has any of these. I've been looking for some fall books for my kids.

  3. I still remember The Gigantic Turnip. My daughter will still pick it up if she finds it at the shelf! :) Autumblings looks very interesting, i would love to find the book. Thanks for sharing on Kid Lit Blog Hop. Just added these books to our hold shelf :)
    -Resh @ Stackingbooks

  4. Oh, we just love Leaf Man - my kids loved looking at the pictures. They are so unique. Thank you for sharing your wonderful book recommendations in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. :-)

  5. What a great list! I love "South"! Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!