Eight Perfect Picture Books for Autumn

From the cool weather and the beautiful changing colors to cuddling up under a blanket with a good book, there’s so much to love about fall. Just in time for fall, I’m reviewing eight delightful autumn picture books that celebrate all the joy and wonder that this season has to offer!

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Apple Farmer AnnieApple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Annie has an orchard full of apple trees. Every autumn she harvests the trees, using some of the apples to make cider, applesauce, cakes, and pies. She then sells her handmade goodies alongside fresh apples at the farmer’s market. Kids will love the light-hearted story and the colorful illustrations. They might even get inspired to go apple-picking, visit a farmer’s market, or grab some apples and get cooking! Fortunately, the book features recipes for applesauce, apple muffins, and applesauce cake. Ages 3-7.

LeavesLeaves by David Ezra Stein

A young bear is shocked to see leaves fall from the trees for the first time. He tries to catch the leaves and put them back on, but is unsuccessful. As the weather grows colder, the bear uses the fallen leaves to make a cozy bed for the winter. Leaves is a touching story about the innocence of youth that both children and adults will love. The whimsical watercolor illustrations make this book an instant classic. Ages 2-6.

Mouse's First FallMouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan

Painted illustrations depict two mice as they play in the fallen leaves on a cool autumn day. This is a simple book with a story that will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. The rich hues and swirling brushstrokes of the paintings make Mouse’s First Fall deserving of a place in your home library. Ages 2-5.

By The Light of the Harvest MoonBy the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert and Mark Jones

On a moonlit autumn night, while the farmer sleeps, leaf people emerge from piles of fallen leaves. While the leaf children play – bobbing for apples, juggling acorns – the adults prepare a feast to celebrate the autumnal equinox. The stunning illustrations perfectly capture the soft light of a harvest moon, and the fanciful story is sure to bring about excitement for the season. Ages 3-7.

The Little Yellow LeafThe Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

A lone yellow leaf clings to the branch of an oak tree, even after all of the other leaves have fallen. As autumn turns to winter the leaf still isn’t ready to fall, until it makes an unexpected friend. This is a touching story about finding the courage to face the unknown. Artfully created cut-paper collages on each page accompany the sparse text. Ages 4-8.

A Friend for All SeasonsA Friend for All Seasons by Julia Huberry and Mei Matsuoka

Robbie Raccoon wakes one chilly morning to find that Father Oak’s leaves have turned from green to gold and begun falling to the ground. Robbie and his friends think that Father Oak is crying, so they hug him and sing a happy song, but the leaves continue to fall. When Robbie’s mother finds them, she explains that Father Oak is not sad; he is telling the forest animals that fall is here and winter is coming. This delightful tale explores the joy and enchantment of the changing seasons. Ages 3-6.

Apples and PumpkinsApples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell

On a lovely autumn day, a little girl and her parents visit a farm to pick apples and pumpkins. They fill a basket with ripe apples, and the little girl picks the best pumpkin to bring home for a jack-o-lantern. With cheery painted illustrations, this book is a perfect choice for families planning their first trip to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Ages 3-6.

Amelia Bedelia's First Apple PieAmelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish and Lynne Avril

This modern spin on the classic character features a young Amelia Bedelia during a visit to her grandparents’ house one autumn afternoon. First Amelia Bedelia and her grandfather visit a farmer’s market to buy apples. Then she and her grandmother bake an apple together. When the pie they’ve worked so hard on is eaten by birds, Amelia Bedelia saves the day! The story is a lot of fun, and Amelia Bedelia is as lovable and literal-minded as ever. Though technically a prequel to the original Amelia Bedelia stories, the book stands on its own. Ages 4-8.


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