5 Fall-Themed Picture Books Kids Love

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As with other seasons, there are a lot of good children’s picture books about fall. Some emphasize seasonal changes, like the changing colors of autumn leaves; others focus on common fall activities. This list includes some favorites, all of which have wonderful illustrations. These books are just as perfect for the home as for the classroom and can make great back-to-school gifts.

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Leaf Man

Leaf Man book cover
Harcourt, Inc.

Title: Leaf Man

Author and Illustrator: Lois Ehlert

Story: The story centers around a leaf man, created when the wind blew autumn leaves around and some landed on the ground in the shape of a man. The author and illustrator, Lois Ehlert, created the striking artwork with color copies of leaves collected from various locations in the United States that she then used to create cut-paper collages. Ehlert is noted for her creativity in the use of cut-paper collage, which she uses in other children's books about nature and seasons.

Ages: 3 to 8.

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 9780152053048

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Peepers

Peepers, by Eve Bunting, book cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Title: Peepers

Author: Eve Bunting

Illustrator: James Ransome

Story: Peepers is a book about the fall foliage tours in New England and how two local boys come to appreciate the tourists ("leaf peepers") and the autumn leaves.

Note: For more picture books set in New England, you may check out some of author Robert McCloskey's books set in Maine.

Ages: 6 and older

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 9780152602970

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Leaf Jumpers

Leaf Jumpers book cover
Charlesbridge

Title: Leaf Jumpers

Author: Carole Gerber

Illustrator: Leslie Evans

Story: In Leaf Jumpers, a little boy and girl, along with their dog, are enjoying the fall leaves, gathering them and playing in the leaf piles. With linoleum block prints and watercolors, Leslie Evans shows their activities from a variety of perspectives.

Carole Gerber’s rhyming text includes a description, complemented by Evans’ illustrations, of the leaves from eight different trees: Ginkgo, White Oak, Basswood, Willow, Birch, Red Maple, Sugar Maple, and Sycamore. At the end of the book is a page-long illustrated description of why and when leaves change color.

Ages: 4 to 8.

Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 9781570914973

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In November

In November book cover
Harcourt, Inc.

Title: In November

Author: Cynthia Rylant

Illustrator: Jill Kaster

Story: With lyrical language by author Cynthia Rylant and illustrations done in oils, rich with color and texture, by Jill Kaster, In November presents the changes as fall approaches winter. "In November, at winter's gate," the changes include bare trees, snow, birds leaving, sleepy farm animals, chilly air, a fire in the fireplace and more. Families enjoy fall foods, such as squash and pumpkin, and family members come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The quiet tone of the book makes it a good bedtime story.

Ages: 4 to 8.

Publisher: Voyager Books, Harcourt, Inc.
Publication Date: 2008 paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780152063429

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Too Many Pumpkins

Too Many Pumpkins book cover
Holiday House

Title: Too Many Pumpkins

Author: Linda White

Illustrator: Megan Lloyd

Story: Too Many Pumpkins is both a great Halloween book and a great fall book. As the title indicates, the story is all about pumpkins—in this case one woman's unexpected and unwanted large crop of pumpkins in the fall and her solution to the problem of too many pumpkins.

Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: 1996
ISBN: 9780823413201