Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

14 Cozy Picture Books for Autumn

Gorgeous Fall themed books that kids love to cozy up with this season!

I love fall - love, love, love it! 

The cooler temps, beautiful colors and the smell of the air.  And one of my favorite things to do in the fall is to move our reading time outdoors. 

Sometimes it will be a story during our afterschool snack on the deck, or we'll cuddle with a blanket in the hammock for a good read. 

We also enjoy bringing books with us as we head out for those annual Fall activities -- apple picking, pumpkin hunting or a nice fall hike. 


  14 Kids Picture Books about Fall - leaves, seasonal changes and favorite activities!

14 Fall Books for Children

For this list, I've included a few of our favorite books for Autumn along with some new reads you'll really enjoy.  Each book also has an affiliate link for your information and convenience.

PLUS, we've also included fall-themed activities for the books too -- I hope you find a few to add to your reading list this year!

 

 

A new read for us this season is Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone and it's quickly becoming one of our favorites!  Every page has bright pictures and the books does a wonderful job of introducing the various events that occur each fall - harvest, leaf changes, migrations and the changes kids will see in nature. 

This books pairs beautifully with our FREE set of Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt cards too!

Lots of great facts and fun information.  Perfect for kids ages 3 - 10 years.

 

 

Autumn is here and Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Snead.  But first, he has to find someone who will listen - everyone is so busy preparing for winter and Bear is getting sleepy. 

An adorable tale of woodland animals as they scurry about in the fall -- with soft illustrations and descriptive text, kids will really enjoy this tale!  Try these Hibernation activities with your kids after you read the book.  Best for kids ages 2 - 6.

 

    

Two adorable reads for for babies and toddlers include I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book and Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills.  I love the colors in both of these books! 

I Love Fall! is full of simple rhymes along with hands-on items young kids will love to touch and feel.  And Duck & Goose is one of our favorite board book series because the characters remind me of toddlers exploring the world. 

Cute reads for kids ages 1 - 3 years.

 

 

We read Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka last year and were laughing through most of the book.  The author takes a unique look at fall by sharing all the activities of the season attached to the wrong animal or event!  "Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in/ big figure eights." 

Lots of great confusion abounds in the story and readers must be observant to pick up on all the mismatched words.  A fun way to learn about fall and hone those observation skills!  Excellent read for kids ages 3 - 10.

I Know It's Autumn by Eileen Spinelli is one that you may have to find at your library but well worth the look!  One of the things I enjoy most about this book is it shares the everyday activities that occur in autumn - taking our the warmer coats, heading back to school, raking leaves, warm socks -- ahh, Autumn! 

A cozy read for kids ages 3 - 8 years.

 

 

Another 'new to us' book this year is Counting on Fall (Math in Nature) by Lizann Flatt.  This is one of those 'get out and explore' books that you can take with your on a fun fall hike.  It's part of a series and each book highlights math concepts that can be found in nature -- you know me, if it's math or science-based, it's a definate read for us! 

I love the textured illustrations along with the problem-solving elements that are woven into the narrative story.  Great for kids ages 3 - 8.

 

One of our long-time favorites is Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur.  The book uses each letter of the alphabet to feature an item you will find durng the Autumn season - and then goes one step further by taking that word and turning it into an acrostic poem! 

So many reasons to enjoy this book - excellent intro to poetry for young kids, beautiful pictures and a run through the alphabet offer a few ways to learn while reading.  Perfect for kids ages 3 - 11.

 

     

I always like to include some easy readers on our book lists because I think seasonal events are a great way to encourage kids to learn new words and practice their reading skills.  The books in the Robin Hill School series are perfect for fall!

In  Fall Leaf Project , the kids in Mrs. Connor's first grade class are packing up leaves to send to a school in a state where trees don't change colors and Pumpkin Patch tells of the adventures of a class field trip to the pumpkin patch.  I love this series because it also introduces great problem-solving and social skills for young kids. 

Both books are Level 1 Readers which are perfect for kids ages 3 - 6 years.

 

We recommend this book in our Apple-picking & Cider Mill Activities and it's worth a second mention at this time of the year.  Apple Cider-Making Days by Ann Purmell takes the reader through the details that are involved in harvesting apples and making cider. 

Fun details about cider-making explain why it is a seasonal treat!  Fun read for kids ages 3 - 10.

 

We all love the colors of Autumn, but what must it be like for a tree?  In the book Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley, we learn how hard it is to be a tree in the fall. 

Pair this story with this Trees through the Seasons painting activity for preschool & elementary age kids.

This fun story shows the various changes a tree experiences throughout the year and kids will enjoy learning about the changes from a tree's point of view.  Find more fun books & activities about leaves in our Exploring Trees round-upGreat for kids ages 2 - 7.

 

One word comes to mind when thinking about By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriett Ziefert - beautiful!  The illustrations in this story are so warm and inviting. 

Read about some of the fun fall traditions - bobbing for apples, stacking pumpkins and dancing leaves - but the suprise is who is experience the fun!  Great for a cuddly night-time read!  Best for ages 3 - 8 years.

 

And our last book shares the world of a favorite fall animal - owls!  Owl Babies by Martin Waddell is the story of 3 baby owls who must stay calm when their mother goes out at night. 

Beautifully narrated, any child will identify with these three owlets as they wonder when mama will return.  And I love the deep illustrations in the book.  Try some of these owl crafts & activites after you read the story too!  Wonderful for kids ages 1 - 6 years.

 

Did we miss any of your favorites?  Let me know what you love to read in the Fall!

 

MORE FALL BOOK LISTS FOR KIDS

14 Cozy Books that Celebrate Fall

The Best ER (Early Readers) with Seasonal Themes

Great Books to Take on a Leaf Hunt

 

 fall crafts for kids: how to make leaf rubbings

MORE FUN FALL ACTIVITIES

The Art & Science of Leaf Rubbings

Fall Family BINGO Activities {free printable}

55 Free Fall Printables

20 Outdoor Fall Science Activities

 

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Comments

 
Guest - Debbie on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 02:43

We love Run Turkey Run. Great book more focused on Thanksgiving (obviously) but big hit around here.

We love Run Turkey Run. Great book more focused on Thanksgiving (obviously) but big hit around here.
Guest - Kristen Jeffery on Thursday, 05 September 2013 02:37

We have read some of those. We love Turkey Trouble

We have read some of those. We love Turkey Trouble
Guest - susan on Thursday, 05 September 2013 02:47

Thank you for sharing this list! I was so excited and chose some from the list for my 3 year old!

Thank you for sharing this list! I was so excited and chose some from the list for my 3 year old!
Guest - Anna @ The Measured Mom on Saturday, 07 September 2013 19:32

Book lists are fabulous! Love this one! Thanks so much for sharing at the After School Linky.

Book lists are fabulous! Love this one! Thanks so much for sharing at the After School Linky.
Guest - stephanie on Sunday, 08 September 2013 01:33

Love this book list! Makes me want to grab a cup of cocoa and a blanket and read them all with my boys. Bear Has a Story to Tell is a favorite around here! Thanks for sharing on the After School Linky!

Love this book list! Makes me want to grab a cup of cocoa and a blanket and read them all with my boys. Bear Has a Story to Tell is a favorite around here! Thanks for sharing on the After School Linky!
Guest - OneMommy on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:22

We love Owl Babies! I never get tired of that one -- such a cute story!

We love Owl Babies! I never get tired of that one -- such a cute story!
Guest - Renee on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 23:41

Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger is one of our favorites!

Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger is one of our favorites!
Guest - sharon on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:09

what a great list! I would also add "Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

what a great list! I would also add "Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Guest - Kylie on Friday, 13 September 2013 01:54

Thanks for this post. We're currently living in Canada where the trees are about to change but we're originally from Australia where they're always green! It'll be something new for our 4 year old boy this year so I'm glad I found your book suggestions. Looking forward to reading some of them with my son!

Thanks for this post. We're currently living in Canada where the trees are about to change but we're originally from Australia where they're always green! It'll be something new for our 4 year old boy this year so I'm glad I found your book suggestions. Looking forward to reading some of them with my son!
Guest - Linda Toney on Saturday, 14 September 2013 21:55

LIked the suggestions of books gathered...where do you order?

LIked the suggestions of books gathered...where do you order?
Guest - Rebecca on Sunday, 15 September 2013 07:43

What lovely books. I just love the Autumn colours. Owl Babies is one of our favourites. We read it this week too.
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Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

What lovely books. I just love the Autumn colours. Owl Babies is one of our favourites. We read it this week too. \ Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.
Guest - Diane Boren on Monday, 23 September 2013 16:34

Another great book for Fall: Leaves, by David Ezra Stein
A young bear is so worried when all the leaves start falling from the trees that he tries to pick them up and stick them back on. He becomes tired and takes a long nap. When he wakes up in the Spring he finds new, tiny leaves, on his trees. Love it!

Another great book for Fall: Leaves, by David Ezra Stein A young bear is so worried when all the leaves start falling from the trees that he tries to pick them up and stick them back on. He becomes tired and takes a long nap. When he wakes up in the Spring he finds new, tiny leaves, on his trees. Love it!
Jacquie Fisher on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:12

Ooo, sounds like a great one for our Fall library list! Thanks Diane!

Ooo, sounds like a great one for our Fall library list! Thanks Diane!
adam on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 17:32

Cranberry Thanksgiving by: Harry and Wende Delvin is my all time favorite fall book. it's rare and hard to find but you can score one off of amazon every now and then.

Cranberry Thanksgiving by: Harry and Wende Delvin is my all time favorite fall book. it's rare and hard to find but you can score one off of amazon every now and then.
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