When the temperatures start to drop, the leaves change color, and it is time to start a new school year, you know fall has arrived. Here are 30 fun autumn books you can read with your kids to discover all the wonders that this magical season has to offer.
1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Join a young girl on a walk through her town as she recounts all the changes she notices around her. The beautiful illustrations are the perfect way to welcome the new colorful season and bid summer farewell.
2. Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
What was supposed to be a quick trip to the farmer's market for dinner turned into something completely different. Sophie adopts a squash, calling it Bernice, and becomes best friends with the ultimate fall food. As far as autumn-themed books go, this is a winner!
3. We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
This fun rhyming book follows three friends on their hunt for colorful leaves in the mountains. Kids will love reading this book about autumn aloud as the silly rhymes are fun and memorable.
4. Ninjas Don't Bake Pumpkin Pies by Debbie Dadey
Who is the new baker in town? What is his story? The Bailey School Kids are back and getting up to mischief again, this time surrounding the town's new baker. It is a book with lots of writing but young minds will still love the mysterious story.
5. Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Shana Gorian
Rosco the German Sheppard joins his owners in the pumpkin patch. Amongst the tall grass, bullies are hiding to scare young kids with skeleton masks. It is time for Rosco to be a hero and help James and Mandy get out of the pumpkin patch safely.
6. Me and the Pumpkin Queen by Marlene Kennedy
Growing a prize-winning pumpkin is about more than just glory for Mildred. The process of growing the big pumpkin also brings her closer to her mother who passed away. Young botanists can also find clear instructions on how to grow their own pumpkin in the book.
7. Boo, Katie Woo! by Fran Manushkin
Most kids' favorite part of autumn is Halloween. Katie Woo also loves the spooky holiday and is set on scaring everyone with her monster costume this year. But much to her surprise, everyone can see it is her, and they aren't scared at all!
8. Mouse Loves Fall by Laura Thomas
The magical colors of fall leaves are why Mouse and Minka love fall the most. This classic autumn picture book is perfect for young readers who want to build vocabulary around the season and there is a lot of emphasis on numbers, colors, and adjectives.
9. Rocket and the Perfect Pumpkin by Tad Hills
Rocket and Bella have found the most beautiful pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, but how will they get it home? The two friends have to put their heads together to find a creative solution to get the pumpkin home as it keeps rolling all over the place.
10. From Seed to Pumpkin Wendy Pfeffer
Young scientists will love learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin with this colorful earth science book. There are also tons of fun fall activities kids can do with pumpkins like roasting the seeds or baking the perfect pumpkin pie.
11. Apple Picking Day by Candice Ransom
Beginner readers will love reading this easy rhyming fall book. A brother and sister visit an apple orchard and the story follows them through their fun fall day. The book is easy to master and great for first-time readers.
12. Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro
This is a non-fiction book that aims to explain one of the most magical fall events, the changing of the colors of the leaves. Kids get to learn all about this magnificent spectacle in this gorgeous book.
13. The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade
This book tells the charming tale of Lance Cottonwood, a bring little leaf trying to pass leaf school. His final test is to fall. Can he succeed or will he be too scared to join the rest of his classmates?
14. Bella's Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde
Bella's favorite thing about fall is the amazing coat her grandma made for her. But Bella has sadly outgrown her coat this year. Grandma shows her all the fun ways in which she can reuse the coat while Bella waits for grams to finish a new one for her.
15. In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee
Xiao Ming and his friend visit a farm in the autumn. Xiao shows his friend all the intricate Chinese characters and the meaning behind them by drawing them in the dirt. This book is a beautiful way to teach kids about each other's cultures.
16. Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda
This will fast become one of your kids' favorite books as it is so much more than a regular old book! Use the red ribbon placeholder to help Bunny reach the apples in fun and creative ways.
17. The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
Being a scarecrow can be a lonely job. Scarecrow spends season after season alone until a baby crow drops at his feet one day. He helps the crow grow big and strong and eventually fly away to enjoy life outside the wheat field.
18. The Shadow In The Moon: A Tale of the Mid-autumn Festival by Christina Matula
The mid-autumn festival is one of the biggest Chinese holidays on the calendar. Two girls are fascinated by the folk tales their grandma shares with them while they enjoy some traditional mooncakes.
19. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
This sweet story about leaf man is a great fall-themed book for young readers. The book also encourages students to press their own leaves and learn more about which trees they come from, instead of just seeing a big pile of leaves that means nothing.
20. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Bear is captivated by the falling leaves and even tries to reattach them. He gets sleepy and falls asleep, only to wake up in spring! How did this happen? Join the curious bear cub in his autumn exploration before his first hibernation.
21. Autumn Leaves Fall From the Trees! by Lisa Bell
Add a whole new level of fun with the lively autumn songs included in this catchy songbook. The book includes activities, a CD, online access to the music, and a lesson plan to get kids excited for the arrival of autumn.
22. Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato
Little Eliot books have long been a favorite amongst young readers and this time Eliot and Mouse are back with a countryside adventure. The pair of friends escape the city to see the magic of fall in the countryside.
23. Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Autumn is so much more than just changing leaves and Halloween. Learn about everything autumn in this colorful non-fiction fall book. Learn vocabulary about everything from sports, to food, weather, and animal behavior and create fun crafts from the book's craft section.
24. Hello Autumn! by Shelley Rotner
This is another excellent non-fiction book all about this magical season. See a diverse array of children from over the world enjoying the little changes around them. This is as close as you can get to a coffee table book for kids.
25. In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
This is a wonderful fall book if you want kids to appreciate all the small changes the season of autumn brings with it. Squirrels get busy storing food, leaves change color and fall to the ground, apples and pumpkins are harvested, and the frosty winter is right around the corner.
26. Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
This magical autumn book celebrates everything yellow. The book is delightfully lyrical with a very poetic writing style. The magnificent illustrations along with the alternative writing style will make this one of their favorite fall books.
27. Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen
A little girl and her grandfather greet autumn with open arms in this whimsical autumn book for kids. They note all the little changes around them and appreciate all kinds of fall activities like looking for the perfect pumpkin.
28. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming
Squirrel spends his autumn days looking at all the magnificent types of leaves on his tree. One day he is shocked to see one of his leaves is missing. Who is the leaf thief?! He teams up with his buddy, Bird, to find the culprit in this beautiful autumn book.
29. Sweep by Louise Greig
Sweep uses the analogy of fall and sweeping up leaves to tackle bigger emotional topics. Can Ed simply sweep away his bad mood or will it pile up and blow all across town?
30. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
Join a girl and her grandmother on a fun fall walk through the forest to explore all the colors of fall. This book about leaves comes with activities on how to press your own leaves and make beautiful leaf rubbings. Kids will also learn the names of 24 different types of leaves.