16 of the Best Picture Books to Celebrate Autumn

Picture Books to Celebrate Autumn

A new academic year means fall is just around the corner. That means back to school shopping, a dip in temperature and dark nights. Autumn or fall is a beautiful season when the air turns crisp and the beautiful, vibrant colours of the changing leaves fill the skies. It is also a great excuse to light the fire and snuggle up with some great books. Browse these wonderful picture books to celebrate autumn. They include many published in the last year and some true autumn classics.

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16 of the Best Picture Books
to Celebrate Autumn

Tree by Danny Parker

A small sapling flourishes under the foliage of a larger tree. “Season after season he was sheltered… and secure.” The adult tree falls during a storm and the fragile and lonely tree fights to survive for the seasons ahead.
Windows by Julia Denos book cover

Windows by Julia Denos

On an autumn evening, a boy takes his dog for a walk. He catches glimpses the lives of those who live in his neighbourhood. Windows promotes a sense of belonging and different perspectives.

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead

Bear wanders around the forest asking other animals if they would like to hear his story. But they are all getting ready to hibernate. As snowflakes fall, Bear goes to sleep. In the spring the Bear’s friends gather around and he finally gets to tell his story. Bear Has a Story promotes hibernation, storytelling and friendships.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

When autumn comes Little Yellow Leaf is not ready to fall from the tree. The seasons pass but Little Yellow Leaf is still not ready to let go. Will the leaf ever be ready? This picture highlights the difficulties of facing the unknown.

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

In the Middle of Fall is a great book to celebrate autumn. It is filled with the signs of fall, including playing in piles of leaves, pumpkin picking, busy squirrels and the transition from red, yellows and oranges to frosty winter.

A Kiss for Akaraka by Richard Jackson

Lula and her father have fun raking the autumn leaves. Joining them is Akaraka, Lula imaginary friends. Her daddy can’t see Akaraka but he happily plays along much to the joy of Lula. A picture book that promotes imagination, family and love.

Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow

Fall Walk takes the reader on a poetic stroll through the woods. Learn to identify 24 different by their shape and autumn colour. The book finishes with how-to instructions on how to press and rub your own leaves.

Hush Hush, Forest by Mary Casanova

Observe as the forest animals spend autumn getting ready for winter. The lyrical text tells the reader about the owl in flight, a bear preparing to hibernate, a doe and fawn getting ready to sleep and a hummingbird taking one more sip and a beaver sawing wood for its lodge.

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer

An acorn is just the beginning. Discover how all living things in a forest are connected through the circles of life. A picture book with beautiful illustrations showing different ecosystems.

Fall Ball by Peter McCarty

A group of boys eagerly await the end of the school day so they can play in the autumn weather. With the colourful fall leaves behind them, they play a game of football with Sparky the dog.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Lois Ehlert using real leaves to illustrate the Leaf Man. As the wind blow the Leaf man travels over marshlands, orchards, meadows and other stunning landscapes.

When The Wind Stops by Charlotte Zolotow

A little boy asks his mother, ‘Where does the wind go when it stops?’ She explains that nothing ever ends, it just begins in another place. Like when the leaves fall to the ground it becomes part of a tree with new leaves. When The Wind Stops focusses on the circle of life and nature.

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Three friends work together to make pumpkin soup, each with their own role until cat wants to do things differently. Pumpkin Soup promotes friendship, cooperation and reconciliation.

Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen

A girl and her grandfather welcome autumn by observing the beautiful changing leaves, busy squirrels, migrating geese and growing pumpkins.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

A young girl walks through her neighbourhood taking in the sights of summer changing into autumn. She travels from her home through a forest, following a stream into the local town. She greets all the changes with “Hello.” They respond explaining what they are doing to prepare for autumn.

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

Tree by Britta Teckentrup is one of several of her books to celebrate autumn. Peek through the hole and watch the seasons change around a magnificent tree and its forest residents.

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