You and your littles can experience the joy of fall with these picture books for preschoolers and young children.
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If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff follows the same circular story pattern as the other books from the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series. In the story, Dog wants some apple juice to go with his donut, but it has run out. He decides to pick some apples to make his own juice and adventure ensues!
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber is a fun book with simple text that young children can easily relate to as the characters throw and jump in the fallen leaves. The illustrations by Leslie Evans show large and colorful leaves of different trees. At the end of the book, the author provides an explanation of why leaves change color in the fall.
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills is my favorite fall book for toddlers and preschoolers. This feathered duo is on a hunt for a pumpkin. We see typical sights of the season as we follow them on their quest. The simple language and clear pictures make any of the books in this series winners in my opinion.
Apple by Nikki Mcclure is a striking, almost wordless picture book that explores the life cycle of an apple. The pictures are entirely black and white except for the red apple. Although there is only one word on each page, the story encourages much discussion of the apple.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert tells about Leaf Man who is blown away by the wind and all the fall scenes he may have come across on his wind-blown journey. This award winning author doesn’t disappoint with this imaginative book illustrated by color copies of real leaves inspiring readers to create their own leaf pictures.
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss is a classic counting book. Children get ample opportunities for counting while following along as the characters attempt to balance ten apples on top of their head before they get knocked down.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff follows Mouse as he paints a pumpkin for each of his friends, (Dog, Pig, etc…). Mouse paints a different facial expression on each pumpkin which makes this a great book for talking about faces and emotions.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein is an adorable book about a young bear experiencing his first fall. Children can relate to his wonder and amazement at the leaves falling off the trees. They also learn about bear’s need to find a cozy spot to sleep for the winter.
In November by Cynthia Rylant shows us what the earth, animals, and people do in late fall in preparation for winter. This award-winning author chooses her words carefully allowing us to almost smell, taste, and feel the things we find in November. I especially love the words of the last page. “In November, at winter’s gate, the stars are brittle. The sun is a sometime friend. And the world has tucked her children in, with a kiss on their heads, till spring.
There are many more great options out there. These are just the ones Pooky and I are currently enjoying. Choose a few and get yourselves in the spirit of the season. Happy Reading!