We just got through the remains of Hurricane Irma here in NW Georgia. We were so fortunate that we had only a couple of fallen branches, a lot of leaves and plenty of power. Although I think my husband was disappointed about the power. After all, if the power goes out, food in the fridge and freezer needs to get eaten first. You know what that means? Ice cream for dinner!
There’s a crispness in the air this morning that we’ve had for several days. I’m trying not to get my hopes up but it is officially Fall in a few weeks. My favorite season. Not only is my birthday at the end of October but I can start wearing jeans and sweatshirts, go apple picking and make homemade apple pie. Let’s not forget about the change in the leaves. I just love it!
I know it’s a lot to fit in fall, apple pie/picking and Halloween in one list. There are so many great books. I may have to have separate lists for next year. If you missed my Top 10 Books for Back to School, be sure to click here and check them out. I know it is past the first day for pretty much everyone at this point but they are such cute books and can be used for a new start to anything – not just school.
Written and Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
What would you do if you wanted to make an apple pie? Go to the market, of course! But what if the market was closed? Then what would you do? Hop a ship to Italy to get the wheat for your flour? Probably not but in this book by Marjorie Priceman anything is possible and you don’t need a passport to get there.
Why I love this book: It takes you on an adventure around the world without even needing a passport. All the ingredients you need are just at your fingertips and in another country! You will love reading this silly book with your littles and giggle at all the lengths the character will go to get ingredients for her apple pie. The back of the book even has a homemade apple pie recipe (crust and all)! This is also a recommended book for My Father’s World homeschool kindergarten literature collection.
Written by Julia Rawlinson
Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Fletcher is a sweet fox who starts to notice his favorite tree’s leaves turning brown and flying away. He does his best to save the leaves from falling but what will happen when winter finally comes and he can’t save all the leaves?
Why I love this book: You will love to talk about how the fall leaves actually help creatures of the forest and that winter is not something to dread but something beautiful that comes after the change in the leaves.
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) do it again in Room on the Broom as they tell a sweet story about a (loveable) witch and the helpful friends she meets as she rides on her broomstick with her cat. What will the witch and her friends so though when they come across a dragon? You will just have to find out in this book that I recommend for older preschoolers and beyond.
Why I love this book: This book does a great job of teaching children to be kind to others and give back without expecting anything in return. When you meet the dragon at the end, you will see how being kind is returned. A great lesson in “you reap what you sow.”
Written by Sara L. Latta
In this non-fiction book, you’ll enjoy introducing your youngster to all of the seasons while spending most of the time on Fall. You’ll learn what the weather is like and why and also what happens to plants and animals during this season.
Why I love this book: This is such a great book to read before Fall begins as it gets little ones thinking about what they see and feel this time of year. It has gotten my preschooler to make connections in her environment from what we read in the book. Her excitement when she makes the connections is contagious! At the end of this book, it even has a science experiment to determine whether leaves need sunlight to change colors? I’d love to see pictures of your science experiments!
Written by Steven Schnur
Illustrated by Leslie Evans
You’ll be taken through many acrostic poems with words associated with Autumn.
Why I love this book: The illustrations are fantastic and the acrostic poems are so fun to read. What a great way to go through the alphabet as well since the first letter of each line is emboldened and part of the word that is emphasized in the poem. You will love teaching your littles about (acrostic) poems in this book!
Written by David Ezra Stein
This sweet story describes a young bear’s hibernation and his relationship with the leaves. What will he do when he first notices the leaves change color and begin to fall?
Why I love this book: Much like Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, this book shows the surprise that a young animal has when he first notices the leaves falling. It’s a great introduction as well for a bear unit for you to discuss hibernation with your little ones.
Written by Lauren Thompson
Illustrated by Jonathan Bean
Take an adventure through all the things that contributed to “the pie, warm and sweet, that Papa baked.”
Why I love this book: In a similar fashion to Twelve Days of Christmas, Lauren Thompson recounts each thing that led to the apple pie that Papa baked and continues to add to the list as you go through the book. It’s a fun and silly read but also educational for the kiddos to realize all that is necessary to bake an apple pie. You will love how the little girl in the story bonds with her Papa and will want to have your own bonding time with your kids after you are done with the book.
Written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Illustrated by Julia Patton
Visit an apple orchard and talk about the different varieties of apples before you see how cider is created from apples.
Why I love this book: I love the rhyme and the introduction to some of the varieties of apples. Watching the apple cider press in the book is a great way to introduce complex machines and how each part has a special job to make the apple cider. After you read this book, you’ll want to enjoy some hot (or cold) apple cider with your littles at an apple orchard!
Written by Elisa Kleven
Lizzy is nervous about starting school and making friends. But when she creates her own friend from an apple on her apple tree, she begins to gain confidence. But what will the kids at school say when she shows up with an apple on a twig? And what will happen when her apple begins to rot? After all, “an apple won’t keep forever” as Lizzy’s sister points out.
Why I love this book: This book gives you an opportunity to discuss all of the seasons as you see how Lizzy loves and plays with her apple tree all year round. You will also be able to discuss with your child how to deal with kids who don’t understand them and try to bully them. In the end, your favorite thing to do will be to create your very own apple doll with your kiddos using the instructions at the end of the book.
Written by Bob Raczka
Illustrated by Chad Cameron
What happens every Septober and every Octember? No, those aren’t typos. That’s just the beginning of this mixed-up book. You’ll be taken through a number of fall activities in this fun-loving and happy-go-lucky book. Will your child notice all the mix-ups though?
Why I love this book: This book makes my preschooler giggle like crazy. Not something that’s usually hard to do anyway but the silliness in this book is especially grand. Once you read the book, you’ll have a fun time going through the book again to find all the mix-ups with your child and make it right.
Do you have any other fall favorites?