Our Favorite Children’s Books for Fall

I can’t believe summer has almost come to an end and we’re about to welcome fall. And a new season means it’s time to get out a new set of stories~ children’s books for fall

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*This article was originally posted on September 1, 2013.

We have a seasonal book area in our home  located right near our nature table. (Having the seasonal books nearby allows the kids to enjoy books related to the nature treasures they’re collecting outside.) As the seasons change, so do the books that we put out to enjoy. The kids always get so excited when it’s time to welcome the new books for the season. It’s just about time to put away our summer books and pull out our children’s books for fall! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Lucy has been looking forward to this for the past few weeks and has been talking about her favorites that will be coming out to be read and enjoyed for the next few months. Here is our list of children’s books for fall (with commentary by Lucy, age 4, in green).

 Children’s Books for Fall

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

“It’s about a leaf man and he blows away in the wind.”

Lois Ehlert books are some of our favorites! Leaf Man’s illustrations are made from actual fall leaves. The pictures inspire so much creativity and imagination~ Lucy always wants to build her own pictures with leaves outside after we read this book.


Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert

“It’s about a squirrel that loves nuts! He got inside and so they had to get some nuts and say, ‘Nuts to you!’, so he would eat the nuts and come out.”

This has been one of Lucy’s favorite fall books, and I’m sure it will end up being one of Theo’s favorites as well. It’s all about the adventure of a little squirrel. The illustrations are full of labels identifying different birds, plants, and insects throughout the book. This story always leaves us yelling “Nuts to you!” every time we see a squirrel.


The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

“Look at me, Mommy. I’m holding on tight just like the little leaf.”

This is for sure my favorite fall book. Using fall leaves, Carin Berger shares a touching story of bravery and friendship. Lucy always seems to connect with this book. It really lends itself to making text-to-text and text-to-self connections. I can’t wait to see how she responds to it this year.


Autumn by Gerda Muller

“I like it because you can make up your own words.”

These seasonal board books from Gerda Muller are always fun. The book has no text, allowing children the freedom to create their own stories about fall. And it has just gorgeous illustrations!


Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

“There’s lots of leaves that fall down from a tree. Fletcher tries to catch them. But then in winter his tree looks beautiful!”

This book is all about a little fox named Fletcher who begins to worry when his favorite tree begins losing its leaves. The surprise at the end is our favorite part!


Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

“I think Theo likes when they are in the leaf pile.”

If you love Duck & Goose books, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. This book is about the journey of Duck and Goose as they go out searching for a pumpkin.  (Theo loves seeing all the places they look!)
Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip: Mini Edition by Elsa Beskow

“There are lots of characters like acorn children and gnomes.”

I am a huge fan of Elsa Beskow books! Lucy enjoyed meeting all the characters and seeing what neat things they built out of nature as we read this story.

Flower Fairies of the Autumn by Cicely Mary Barker

“It has poems about different kinds of fairies.”

Lucy was mesmerized by the different fairy illustrations. We  read a few of the poems (or songs) about the fairies each day. This book provides a great way to introduce children to different genres of books!


Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter

“It’s a good book. Possum’s friends don’t want to come to his party, but then his friends come. It reminds me of The Little Red Hen.”

I was excited Lucy made the connection to The Little Red Hen~ I would have never thought of it. It would be great to compare and contrast both books! Possum’s Harvest Moon is also full many strong verbs. It would be a great book to help children vary their word choice in writing and build their vocabulary.


Book List and Book Set for Fall: Our favorite children's books for fall / autumn! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. Thanks for the list. You know, I “sold” some books to a book store. They actually gave me store credit for the ones I had. I am going to look for these books that you hvae listed.

    • Ooh! I love having credits at stores! I do this with my kids clothes at the local consignment store- so fun to get “free” stuff! I hope you enjoy the books!

  2. what a great idea! My girls often struggle to find the books they want, so rotating some around would be perfect.

  3. I mean good,

  4. Love this idea, thanks. I have an excuse to buy more books- season themed, awesome!

  5. Great list of fall books! We own several of them! I featured you today on my blog. Thanks for linking up to the All Year Round Blog Carnival: Autumn! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/10/all-year-round-blog-carnival-autumn.html

  6. I love fall-themed books so much! Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf. I’m pinning this to TCB’s Pinterest board.

  7. There’s a book called Leaf Magic by Margaret Mahy which we absolutely love. It’s about a little boy who longs for a dog. One day a large leaf starts following him around…
    The illustrations are lovely, all in autumn colours.

    • buggy & buddy says:

      This sounds really cute! I just searched for it on Amazon and found some used copies. I think I’m going to have to order one. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Love your little girl’s descriptions of the books! 🙂

  9. I like how Lucy gave her thoughts about the books. It’s interesting to hear a kid’s point of view on what they like. Our favorite book for fall would be Leaf Man for sure. After we read it, my son (almost 3) had to search for leaf men everywhere.

    Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase!

    • buggy & buddy says:

      I agree~ so fun to hear what kids are thinking about different stories. And it can change so much after each reading! I love how your son has been searching for leaf men! So cute!

  10. I love your daughter’s commentary on what the storybooks are about. We have been fans for a long time in our household of the Duck and Goose series. Thanks for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful autumn book collection with our Autumn Carnival. 🙂 I’ve featured your post here: http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/all-year-round-week-thirty-five-7.html

  12. It’s a wonderful list, and it includes many books we read over years. Leaf Man, for example, is definitely in our list of favorites as well. I think I am going to look for Possum’s Harvest Moon for our upcoming theme!

  13. Such a great roundup of books! So many new titles for me. Thanks for sharing at the After School Linky!

  14. I love fall. This collection of books looks wonderful.

  15. A few of these are new to me. The Leaf Man is always a good one to read!


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