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I love to read! I’m not ashamed to admit the Library is my happy place and usually my “me time”. Reading has always been a love of mine, and I want my children to love it too. A love for reading can open so many doors. So lets explore Autumn with these 15 books (all approved by my kiddos).
Clifford’s First Autumn by Norman Bridwell
Can you really have a list of Preschool books without including Clifford? He’s great because he is familiar and covers any and all topics needed. Plus who doesn’t love a big red dog?! Clifford is a great way to introduce your little ones to any new topic and we like to pair it up with an episode on Netflix or YouTube.
Countdown to Fall by Fran Hawk
This is a great one to reinforce counting. I love books that slide other concepts into the story. My almost 3-year-old loved counting along with this one. Illustrations in this books are beautiful, bright and fill the page.
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
We love this familiar series of mice. Clayton and Desmond are always up to something and demonstrate team work and family love in every story. Books that carry over to other seasons and Holidays are a favorite of mine and this is a great series to follow.
The Roll Away Pumpkin by Julia Wonders
This pumpkin tale is great for early readers. It is filled with repetitive phrases and sounds making it a fun read aloud. My girls love books like this that they can easily pick up on and “read” back to me.
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
You can never have too many pumpkin stories in the fall right? Here is another fun and engaging story with lots of rhymes. I love it when a book is as fun for me to read as it is for my kids to hear and this one does not disappoint! The Runaway Pumpkin is a great pick to read aloud.
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
Another Familiar Series to Preschoolers with Pete the Cat. My preschooler learned the 5 Little Pumpkins song last year so this was a fun surprise for her. She thought it was really cool that she already knew the song but Pete puts his own unique spin on it. This one was a lot of fun.
Little Critter Fall Festival by Mercer Mayer
Little Critter books are another favorite of mine. One of my favorite things about books is they never go away. My kids don’t love the same cartoons I watched every Saturday morning, but we can share the same books I loved as a kid. Mercer Mayer never disappoints. In this one Little Critter show us all the fun activities that come with Autumn. This is also an I can Read edition for children who are ready to start on their own.
Squirrels Fall Search by Anita Loughry
Two brother squirrels offer a fun story line for kids. Explore along with the squirrels as they gather food for the upcoming winter and have to remember where to find it. Anita Loughry also has animal books for the other seasons as well.
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Racka
Silly mixed up fall with geese hibernating and squirrels flying south in big figure eights. My girls laughed along with the illustrations and story but they didn’t catch all the mistakes. We went back and took it one by one to talk about the differences between the story and what actually happens in the fall. This one might be better for older kids that have a better understanding of the seasons, but they enjoyed it anyway.
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Mouse helps introduce Autumn is a very simple, easy to understand way. Bright colored illustrations kept my children’s attention and made our next trip outside an adventure in finding all the different colored leaves. They really related to not just the colors but the feel and sound of the crunchy leaves. Mouse has more adventures with other seasons and holidays, too.
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin
We are dog people around here so a cute story with an even cuter puppy is always a win with my girls. We might have to make our annual pumpkin patch trip a little earlier this year thanks to this book. They are on a mission to find the perfect pumpkin! Biscuit is another childhood book that I can share with my kids for all the seasons and holidays.
It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff
If you give a mouse a pumpkin! Yet another adorable book featuring that curious and creative mouse. This is a great story for younger readers, but it is also a great one for your older readers to get their creative juices flowing. I will be pairing this book with a craft before Halloween!
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Beautiful Illustrations fill this book! A relatable young girl takes a walk through the woods and says goodbye to summer. This is a wonderful book to read before venturing outside to greet Autumn yourself. We will definitely by checking out Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter when the time comes.
Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall by Anne Sibley O’Brien
If your children love interactive books, check this one out! My youngest really loved the fold out pages and would repeat the magic words before folding it out. It also has very short sentences. My youngest repeated the whole story after me and was proud of herself for reading it too. It really isn’t much of a story but its a fun one to read out loud.
The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
You can’t talk about Autumn without mentioning apples. In this one Clayton and Desmond are at it again, and each try to find the biggest apple to win the contest. Read it before you head off the apple orchard. We followed up the story with a snack of apples and Carmel dip. I bought this one for $1 from our school’s monthly book order. Can’t beat that deal!
I hope you enjoy these Autumn stories. It has always been my favorite season and I love to take the time to recognize and enjoy it before all the holidays take over. Next trip to the library will include some great Halloween stories to share!