The first day of Autumn is this Saturday…
And while I eagerly anticipate each and every season,
Fall is probably my favorite.
There’s just something about the changing leaves and pumpkin seeds and misty mornings and cider and apples and squirrels and…
When our children were very little I started collecting seasonal books as I’d find them at garage sales and thrift stores. We have a particular bookshelf where we rotate these books as the seasons change.
Some books are educational.
Some are beautiful.
Some have a biblical message.
Some make us laugh.
Some remind me of my childhood.
And some are just fun to read.
All can be an inroad for cultivating wonder and amazement at God’s gift to us through Creation!
And because we enjoy these books, we read them year after year.
“I can’t imagine…really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” ~C.S. Lewis
Just wanted to share a few of our–
A is for Autumn –an alphabet book full of fall favorites
Animals in the Fall– how animals prepare for the upcoming winter
Apple Picking Time–a beautiful book that shows how Anna and her family prepare for the annual apple harvest
Apples to Oregon– a fun-silly-kinda-true story about how apples came to Oregon.
Barn Dance– this has to be one of my favorites to read…you can just hear the music of the barn dance in the words
Count Down to Fall– a count-backwards-book that shares the signs and sights of fall
Counting on Fall– part of a math-in-nature series that helps children notice patterns, shapes, and designs in nature
Digger– the story of a mole who is trying to survive the fall
Fall Harvests– all about how fall is a time for harvesting food
Fall into Winter– who can pass up a chance to learn about the seasons with the Cat in the Hat?
Fall is Here! I Love it!– a beautiful book about autumn
Fall Leaves Fall– fun, bright, colorful illustrations of children having fun in fall leaves that younger listeners will enjoy
Father Fox’s Pennyrhymes– “ Nonsense blends with nostalgia in both word and picture, and the upbeat rhythms beg to be tapped, stomped, or shouted out loud”
Fresh Fall Leaves– another fall book that will capture the attention of younger listeners
From Seed to Pumpkin– explains how a HUGE pumpkin can grow from a tiny seed
Good-Night Owl!– you have to read at least one owl book in the fall and I love anything by Pat Hutchins
In November– I absolutely love the pictures in this book about how animals prepare for the cold winter ahead
It’s Pumpkin Time– the story of a brother and sister who plant a pumpkin patch together
Johnny Appleseed– Every Steven Kellogg tall-tale is a favorite of mine, but I especially enjoy his version of Johnny
Leaf Man– follow the journey of the Leaf Man who must travel with the fall wind…
Miss Suzy– As children, both my husband and I grew up reading this book and our kiddos love it now as well
Mr Putter & Tabby Pick Pears– this whole series is great, but Mr. Putter’s solution to his pear-picking-dilemma always makes me smile
Autumn– nature project suggestions for the season
P is for Pumpkin– an A to Z book of God’s Autumn blessings
Poppleton in the Fall– again, the whole series is great, but this Poppleton book is perfect for Autumn
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin– we love those bears
Pumpkin Pumpkin– the story of a boy who tends to his pumpkin all summer and watches it grow
Pumpkin, Pumpkin– an early reader all-about-pumpkins book
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf– all about trees, leaves, roots and photosynthesis
Ten Red Apples– a ryhming-counting-book that is just fun to read!
Fall– the first “fall book” we ever added to the collection
The Oak Inside the Acorn– ”…the story of the miracle inside each of us. For within every child is the special person God created, just waiting to grow.”
The Pumpkin Patch Parable– a parable about the way God’s love can transform us
The Sunflower Parable– a story about the value of planting seeds literally, but also in the lives of people
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin– since my husband has a “pet” squirrel he named “Mr. Nutkins”
Why Do Leaves Change Color?– the whole process just amazes me
What are some of your favorites?
P.S. Stay tuned for our Thanksgiving Picture Book suggestion list.
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