After a long, hot summer, it’s finally (almost) sweater weather. Whether the chill is already in the air where you live or there are still several weeks until the leaves turn, the beginning of a new school year and season means that your little one likely wants to read a lot right now. So snuggle up with your tot, grab one of these awesome fall books, and spend a crisp autumn day learning about science, the season, colors, trees, leaves, and so much more.
1. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke ($8): Much like your kiddo, Fletcher wants to save the falling leaves. But alas, the little fox simply can’t. This colorful read is a great way to teach your tot about the changing seasons as late fall transitions into winter.
2. Fall (Bright Baby Touch and Feel) by Roger Priddy ($4): You don’t have to wait until your child is in pre-K to read to them. This baby-friendly board book is ideal for your infant’s early literacy lessons. The touch-and-feel pick is a full-on sensory fall experience! (Photo via Priddy Books)
3. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert ($18): This classic children’s book by an iconic author you probably grew up reading yourself is packed with the colors of autumn. Your child will love the vibrant collages — and learn a science lesson about the life of a tree in the process. (Photo via Scholastic)
4. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka and Chad Cameron ($18): Want to entertain your preschooler for hours? Pick up this wacky, witty book in which fall is all mixed up. It lets your child get interactive as they try to find all the mistakes that are made.
5. Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills ($11): Duck and Goose look *everywhere* for their pumpkin, and your tot will have fun following along on their adventure. The large size of this particular edition makes it perfect for cozying up on the couch with your little one in your lap on a chilly fall day.
6. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert ($18): Here’s another colorful choice by the ever-popular Ehlert. Not only is this book super artistic to look at, but it also might just inspire your art-loving kiddo to create their very own leaf man too.
7. Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley ($14): With rhyming words and colorful illustrations, this fall-themed book is simple enough for your toddler but still has the storyline complexity that your preschooler needs.
8. Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland and Elly MacKay ($17): This unique picture book will delight your child’s sense of hearing too. The poetic words mixed with the beautiful illustrations of fall scenes make for one truly awesome autumn read.
9. In November by Cynthia Rylant and Jill Kastner ($8): In this selection, your kids will learn about how critters and creatures get ready for the chilly weather. Take the book outside on a fall day and discuss how animals get ready for winter — then peek around for real-life examples in nature of squirrels stashing nuts or birds flying south!