Our Favorite Fall and Autumn Picture Books


Fall Picture Books

It will soon be the first day of Autumn…
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–
Fall Favorites…

A is for Autumn  –an alphabet book full of fall favorites


Animals in the Fall– how animals prepare for the upcoming winter

Animals in the Fall 


 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

How Do Apples Grow?

 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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  1. Catherine V. says:

    Awww, I love children’s books. I can’t wait to share these with my kiddos one day!

  2. Denise Oldham says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Just picked up some books at the library yesterday. Some were on your list. :)

  4. Shari Miller says:

    Such wonderful books. I can remember reading some of these with my children as well. I also love Fall. I love the colors, the sights, the smells, baking, being cozy in a sweater, or underneath a blanket reading a good book. I’m so happy it’s almost here!

  5. Oh, we have some of these. Lovely!

  6. Chuckled when I saw ‘Miss Suzy’ on the list. That was our kids favorite book — and then the grandkids. I can still almost quote it by heart! At least 3 of the kids have said that they’d like to have the book when we’re gone — said they could fight it out among themselves!

  7. Christina@toshowthemjesus.com says:

    We love Apples to Oregon! This is a great list of books. We also like the Fletcher and the Falling Leaves. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting on my post over at the GC. I really appreciated it. Blessings!

  8. I currently have a draft ready to post on my blog of fall books and a lot of these are on there, but a couple of these are new so I’m checking them out of the library! Thanks!

  9. What a great list! We had so many books when our girls were little. This would have been a great idea to cycle through them so they were fresh each year! We loved the Berenstein Bears, and Barn Dance. Oh, Barn Dance was such fun!

  10. Great list of books! I am going to have to look for some of these at our library. Thanks for sharing them with the Thrive @ Home link up!

  11. Oooh we love book lists! Thanks! We especially love all the Mr Putter and Tabby books so I was happy to see you had the Pear Butter one on there, we just finished reading it last week. Oh and Beatrix Potter and the Cat in the Hat, also faves of ours! Off the top of my thoughts I can’t think of anything to add to your list although I KNOW we have our favorites… hmmm… ever read the Houndsley and Catina books? Not exactly Fall-specific but all the books are sweet!!! Author is James Howe.

  12. I love children’s books! I will definitely have to remember some of these titles when I have kids someday. I’ve been collecting kids books and sending them to my mom for her birthday every year for awhile now and I want to start building my own collection.

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