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I love that autumn has arrived! The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping. It’s the perfect time to curl up with some great picture books for autumn!
On the list below, you’ll find books about scarecrows, owls, pumpkins, and more! All of them will make the perfect addition to your autumn reading lists.
They’ll make perfect read-alouds, but they’re also good for independent reading.
During autumn, do you stock up on fall-themed books to read to your little ones? Do they like to read about bats? How about leaves and pumpkins? Owls and scarecrows? What about squirrels and harvest times?
Grab a blanket. Snuggle up on the couch, and grab a book or two. No matter which fall topic your little ones prefer, you’re sure to find a great new book or an old favorite on the list below.
Picture Books for Autumn
Fill your book basket with a great collection of picture books for autumn. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the images below.
Leaf Man | Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt | There are lots of beautiful fall leaves to find! Three friends have a big adventure hiking over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. What will they do with all their leaves at the end of the story? Jump and play in them, of course!
Stellaluna | While out searching for food, fruit bat Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by a vicious owl. Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds where she must put aside her bat habits to fit in with her new family. But one fateful flight when she is separated from her adoptive siblings, Stellaluna is reunited with her bat family and learns that even though we’re different, we’re very much the same.
Fall Walk | Take a stroll through the woods and learn to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their shapes and autumn colors. At the end of the day, learn how to press the gathered leaves and how to make a leaf rubbing.
The Busy Little Squirrel | The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down?
Mouse’s First Fall | One cool day Mouse and Minka venture out to play. From leaves of all colors—red, yellow, orange to brown—to leaves of all shapes and sizes—Mouse learns what makes fall such a special season!
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves | As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise.
Scarecrow Pete | Scarecrow Pete is no ordinary scarecrow! He’`s a straw-filled dreamer who uses books to transport himself to new places. When a young visitor stumbles upon Pete one sunny summer afternoon, he learns how magical reading can be. Together they devour book after book, meeting classic characters, delighting in new experiences and exploring new lands.
Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage | Fancy Nancy loves fall—the fashion, the weather, and especially the colors of the leaves! As Fancy Nancy helps Mom and Dad rake the leaves outside, she gets a stupendous idea to do something unique with the most beautiful leaves she finds.
Autumn is Here! | Celebrate the coming of autumn with your child as you cuddle up and enjoy a sweet look at how the world changes along with the season.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! | That wild old lady is back swallowing fall-themed items. What can you make from leaves, clothes, a pumpkin, and rope? That’s right, a scarecrow!
Fall Mixed Up | Fall is all mixed up in this silly book from Bob Raczka! Can you find his mistakes in the words and pictures?
P is for Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet | P is for Pumpkin celebrates the wonders of the fall season. With help from the alphabet, preschoolers journey through God’s harvest blessings―in the process discovering just how much there is to be thankful for!
The Pumpkin Patch Parable | This charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God’s transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light.
Bats at the Library | Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time.
Scarecrow | Scarecrows. They perch high above gardens and fields, with borrowed coats and button eyes and pie-pan hands that glint in the sun. What else is there to know about them? Perhaps more than we realize
Owl Babies | “I want my mommy!” Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them?
Little Acorn Grows Up | Little Acorn proves that great things come in small packages as it grows from a tiny nut to a big tree that shelters its forest friends.
A is for Autumn | Partake in the wonders of the fall through rich images of nature, family, and friends. Perfect for preschoolers, this alphabet book features the special and often magical moments of the season―complete with apples, leaves, frost and more.
Strega Nona’s Harvest | Tomie dePaola’s beloved Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons.
The Little Scarecrow Boy | This tender and funny story celebrates the tradition of passing knowledge from one generation to the next, and the exuberance of reaching one’s potential. Especially perfect for sharing during the Halloween season.
Which one of these amazing picture books for autumn will you and your kids read first?
More Fall Fun
Have fun with your child or preschool class using this felt woodland animal set to learn about animals in the woods/forest. Use them in your quiet area or for pretend play.
Inspire young readers with these book inspired crafts for autumn. From squirrels and leaves to pumpkins and turkeys, we’ve got it all on this list!
As the temperatures begin to drop, head outside with your kids. These outdoor autumn activities are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!
Go for a walk through the woods and talk about the beauty of the leaves changing colors. Print out a fun scavenger hunt to take with you.