The leaves need to be raked, the days are getting shorter, and the kids are spending more time inside now that the weather is getting cooler. Instead of playing video games or watching re-runs of SpongeBob, why not encourage them to read? Here is a harvest of children's books, for readers as young as one month to as old as almost-adults, that focus on the Fall season.
Birth - age 3
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Fall by Roger Priddy Filled with pictures representative of Fall and Thanksgiving, babies will enjoy touching the different pictures and experiencing the varying textures.
Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan This board book is filled with the colors of Fall as Mouse and her friend Minka head outside to play in the leaves.
I Love Fall! by Alison Inches and Hiroe Nakata The simple text and the bright colors will capture the attention of little ones. The textures and sounds of this touch-and-feel book will make it a favorite.
Ages 4 - 8
Leaves Fall Down; Learning about Autumn Leaves by Lisa Marie Bullard and Nadine Takvorian Learn about why leaves change color and fall to the ground while having fun raking and jumping into piles of leaves.
Hooray for Fall by Kazuo Iwamuara Three young squirrels are excited for Fall and show and tell the reader why.
Shrinking Days, Frosty Nights: Poems about Fall by Laura Purdie Salas Colorful pictures along with poems about Fall introduce the reader to poetry and explain different parts of a poem.
Ages 9 - 12
Los animales en otono/ Animals in Fall by Martha E.H. Rustad and Martin Luis Guzman Ferrer Pictures and text in both Spanish and English about what animals do to prepare for the coming winter.
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner Gianna needs to finish a school project that requires her to collect 25 different Fall leaves if she wants to stay on the cross-county team. Her life is crazy enough (her dad drives her to school in a hearse, her grandmother keeps losing her teeth, and there is a rival for her spot on the team) without having to collect leaves!
Cooking's Cool in the Fall by Cindy Sardo and Penny Weber Mrs. Sheff teachers her students by cooking. Recipes are included in this first book of a series that will include one book for each season.
Autumn Secrets by Melody Carlson is book #3 of the Allison Chronicles. Allison O'Brien moves back to Oregon and begins living with her father. She is excited to be starting the school year at a new high school, but then her father tells her a secret that could ruin everything.
Squashed by Joan Bauer Ellie is raising a prize-winning pumpklin for the county fair, but will she be able to beat out the other competitors? The pumpkin is all that matters to her now that her mother has died and she just wants her dad to pay some attention to her.
Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell Gen's family really doesn't spend much time together until her mom signs the family up to experience frontier life for an entire summer. Without modern conveniences how will Gen contact her friends? Somehow she finds a way and just when she thinks things might not be so bad after all, a tv crew shows up and threatens to bring disaster along with Autumn approaching.