The air is getting crisper, Halloween costumes are on your radar and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Yep, autumn is upon us, which means it's time to add some fresh reads to your collection of fall books for kids. Fortunately, our list of favorites—complete with rhyming board books, science-based stories and artsy picture books—is here to help fill in the gaps in your family library.
28 Fall Books for Kids to Celebrate the Coziest Season
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Toddlers and preschoolers will be charmed by this upbeat and exceedingly simple story about everything you can do with the season’s signature fruit. (Bonus: There are even some tasty apple recipes at the end.)
Elegant illustrations and a childlike main character combine to make a board book that’s just right for teaching even the tiniest tots about the changing seasons.
With vibrant imagery and lyrical text, Lauren Stringer’s ode to fall perfectly captures the joyful anticipation and fleeting beauty of the season.
This gorgeously illustrated story about a little tree who’s struggling to let go of his leaves come fall is both touching and unexpectedly thought-provoking.
A whole ecosystem comes to life in this magical story…and it all starts with a single acorn.
Much like Little Tree, this is a poignant and seasonally-appropriate story about a stubborn autumn leaf faced with some tough lessons on letting go and growing up.
Award-winning author Janet Lawler, illustrator Lindsay Dale-Scott and paper engineer Yoojin Kim join forces to create a delightfully interactive book about the beauty of fall leaves. Suffice it to say, this is not your average pop-up book.
Another interactive book a la Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Wednesday, this playful number challenges young readers to find all the wacky mistakes hidden in the fall scenery on every page.
Part of the “Let’s-Read-and-Find-OutScience series,” this one gives kids an age-appropriate introduction to the biological processes behind the changing leaves, as well as a range of fun activities to try at home with their own leaf collection.
Changing leaves, hibernating animals, harvest season, Halloween festivities—this easy read covers all the seasonal bases.
Here, jaunty rhyming text and a healthy dose of humor are used to tell the story of a tree who just doesn’t like fall and the changes it brings. Read this at story time and the whole family will have a good chuckle.
Karel Hayes’ story features a gang of bears who go incognito in an attempt to avail themselves of all the fall festivities. Clever and cheeky, this wholesome read will surely capture the imagination of any mischievous child.