It’s that time of year again…
The mornings are crisp and the sun is warm. I love sharing this season with my own children as well as my students. There are so many wonderful fall picture books to cosy up with. Here in Toronto, Canada, the Fall season is exceptionally brilliant. Let’s make the most of it! In this blog I’ll be sharing 15 AMAZING Fall picture books your kindergarten kids (and older/younger) kids will LOVE!. Please comment below and let me know if there’s any others that you would add!
LEAVES: AN AUTUMN POP-UP BOOK
When the leaves first begin to turn, I love taking my Kindergarten students for a Discovery Walk around our school. Before we go outside, we talk about what we think we will see. I ask them questions like “What happens to the leaves when the seasons change?” and “What colours do you think we will see?” Bringing a clipboard is also so helpful. We can make a list of all the natural beauty that we see.
I take them on a short walk and we pause and look at the trees. When we return to our classroom I love to share this beautifully crafted book with them. Just like our walk, there are new discoveries to be found as we open each page.
WE’RE GOING ON A LEAF HUNT
Along the same lines as “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” by Rosen and Oxenbury, this book takes us on a journey finding leaves from different types of trees. Another lovely book to follow our Discovery Walk outside!
My kids just love hearing stories that make them laugh. I love it too! This is a fun book that touches on the concept of change. This book follows the story of two little squirrels learning about Autumn.
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED SOME LEAVES
I love reading fun picture books to my Kindergarteners. From the series of books that brought us the classic “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly”, now the same old lady is swallowing all sorts of Autumn items. My children always enjoy stories with repetition and rhyme because they love to join in with the reading. Wait until the very end of the book to see what she sneezes up!
I KNOW IT’S AUTUMN
Before we read this book, I like to write this sentence starter for them to see:
“I know it’s Autumn when…”
After reading, I like to use this to prompt my students to talk, write and draw about Fall. This is a great book for students to talk about their own family traditions and what the season means for them.
LITTLE FROG AND THE SCARY AUTUMN THING
Just like in “Leaf Trouble” we meet our new friend Little Frog who is not sure about change! When I share this book with my Kindergarten students, we talk about what it’s like when something changes. Maybe it’s scary at first, but like Little Frog, we get used to it. I like to use this book to talk about different colours too.
LAWRENCE IN THE FALL
I really enjoy sharing this picture book with my kids. I love the sweet illustrations! The images of Lawrence the fox exploring with his father and friends is a true delight.
I don’t know what I love more, the thoughtful descriptions or the beautiful images. There are some nice examples of onomatopoeia that my kids love to hear. Kindergarten and preschool age students like talking about the sounds they can hear in the Autumn.
THE BUSY LITTLE SQUIRREL
Preschool aged children love seeing the interactions between the animals. Squirrel is a little too busy to stop and enjoy the fall season! My daughter loves his book and now when she see squirrels out she thinks they’re characters from the book! lol
GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO AUTUMN
Another great book about the natural world around us. This book is great for discussions about transitions as we say goodbye to summer and welcome in the new season.
I love to share this book before a Fall craft activity! Your students can make their own leaf people or Autumn scenes. It is always fun to see my kids using their vivid imaginations in their creations!
FLETCHER AND THE FALLING LEAVES
Yet another furry friend who doesn’t understand why the leaves are falling from his tree. I like to ask my students if they can relate to the characters in the stories we read. Maybe they have felt worried about something like Fletcher the fox.
AUTUMN IN THE FOREST
This is a sturdy “Lift-a-flap” book. It would be great as a book to share with very young children as they will love lifting the flap to reveal what is underneath.
And for my friends living in the Southern Hemisphere… What does Fall look like there?!
ALL THROUGH THE YEAR
Based in Australia, these engaging illustrations will give you many talking points for discussions with your kindergarten kids and preschoolers. I actually have a cousin who lives in Sydney, Australia and would LOVE to visit again someday soon! If you’re from there or have visited, I would love to know if this book is relatable!
The Leaf Thief
Save the best for last! One of my favourite Fall books. This cute Fall picture book is silly, funny, and teaches kids about Fall, adapting to change and the changing seasons.
Let me know if you read any of these wonderful Fall picture books and please let me know if you would add anything else to this list! (You can comment below).
Here is my Fall preschool unit that pairs nicely with all these Fall books, including a big word bank of Fall words and hands-on activities that kids love and benefit from!