We have had an unusually warm summer and many of our leaves have already changed color and are starting to fall. As much as I love autumn and everything that comes with it ( especially the pumpkin spice lattes) I am not ready for this. My daughter loves it and we’ve dug out many of our favorite fall books. Here are some of our favorite books about fall leaves to read as you take notice of the changing colors in your yard.
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The Little Yellow Leaf Carin Berger is a gorgeous book to look at and an even more gorgeous book to read. The story is about a little oak leaf that is not ready to fall off the tree it’s called home forever. Holding on tightly even when all the leaves around let go. The illustrations that accompany the text set the tone and even though young children don’t attach the deeper meaning of letting go to the leaf, they will feel it’s anxiety. Change is hard. Letting go is scary. After a season has passed the little leaf sees one other leaf holding on tight and together they let go. Oh my gosh, this book is BEAUTIFUL. Yes, it’s a wonderful book for fall but it’s also a great book about emotions too.
Leaves Fall Down: Learning About Autumn Leaves Lisa Bullard is a non-fiction book that feels like a story. I don’t know if there is a real name for books like this but in my head I call them narrative non-fiction. A little boy and his mom go for a walk on a fall day and explore all the leaves and talk about why the colors change. This is a great book for PreK-1st grade.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert was the inspiration for many leaf crafts. The book is about a leaf man who blows away in the wind and the reader is taken past all sorts of animals like chickens and ducks, past rivers filled with fish and butterflies in the air. All are leaves pieced together to make these awesome images, some are obvious, some take concentration to see the animal among the leaves. Wonderfully creative book to welcome the changing seasons.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf Lois Ehlert is the story of a little maple tree that starts off in the forest but then gets planted by way of a nursery into a child’s yard. The narrator explains all the different things she loves about the tree and different things she does with it depending on the season. I love that there is a picture of a heart shaped bird feeder just like this one we made!
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber is a beautifully illustrated, informative book all about leaves in autumn. It’s not the most exciting book, but is a good teaching resource for teaching your child about the changing seasons. I can’t say this is a must-read, but it’s useful and worth a look at your local library. If you have plans to jump in some piles of leaves I would grab this to read after. Nothing like connecting real life to books.
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey is a stunning book, the illustrations by Susan Swan which are painted paper collages are so richly colored you will want more after turning the last page. The text is witty as well. Readers will discover that fall is well named not just because of falling leaves as we assume, but also temperatures falling, pumpkins falling from the vines, seeds falling from their leaves, and even football players falling down! The text is the perfect length for toddlers but not too simplistic for preschoolers. This is a good book to read this time of year.
Lucky Leaf by Kevin O’Malley is a funny book about a boy kicked outside and off his video game by a parent and his quest for a lucky leaf. Oh how I relate to this book now that I have an 8-year-old who is rather fond of screentime. He waits and waits for the last leaf from a tree to fall, even after his friends give up and go home. The story is cute and my son thought it was funny. I liked the comic book format of the illustrations and the little boy’s dog has some pretty funny facial expressions throughout.
Fall Leaves by Liesbet Slegers is a little book that covers all different parts of fall from the perspective of a child. Boots, raincoats, nuts, squirrels and of course falling leaves are all covered. The book itself is not a story, but rather a collection of pages devoted to these different parts of the fall season kids can expect to encounter. It was cute and my daughter liked it well enough, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy this.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein is such a sweet book about a young bear who doesn’t understand what is happening when he sees leaves falling from the trees. He even tries to put them back on, but it doesn’t work. Eventually, he lays down for a nap and hibernates until Spring when he happily notices that there are new tiny leaves budding on the trees. Both my kids loved this book when we initially borrowed it from our local library, at the time my daughter was 2 and my son was almost 6. Even though the text is simple the images are so vibrant that reading it with him allowed him to tell me all about hibernation and the changing seasons. This book was also one of my classroom’s favorite last year, my toddlers adored how the bear was trying to put the leaves back!