Cooler temperatures are arriving all across the country! (If you’re still suffering from “fall heat” in Texas or California, I sympathize.) It won’t be long before we’ll all curled up on couches under cozy blankets, and if you’re anything like me–you’ll want a good book with you. Here’s my list of the best fall books; be sure to leave a comment with YOUR favorites.
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Best Fall Books for Babies and Toddlers
My toddler loved every book written by Liesbet Slegers. Check to see if your library carries them!
I’ve read the entire “Mouse and Minka” series too many times to count! These are definitely worth adding to the family library.
Little Blue Truck just feels like a fall book, doesn’t it? (See our Little Blue Truck sensory bin here.)
Best Fall Books for Preschool and Kindergarten
While Fletcher learns about fall, he teaches us about kindness and being a good friend.
My girls love this book, and I do too! Frog and Toad is a classic; it sure reminds me of my childhood.
Kevin Henkes is most well-known for his sweet books about mice (Owen and Chrysanthemum are two of our favorites!), but In the Middle of Fall is also a wonderful book to read aloud! (Especially if you live in a part of the country that gets snow.)
Lois Ehlert might be one of my very favorite author-illustrators. Not only does she use interesting materials to create fascinating images in her books, but she also includes little details about how she came up with the idea of her story/illustrations, which is fascinating for adults and aspiring authors and artists.
Best Non-Fiction Fall Books
Now that we live in the Midwest, my girls are learning a lot about farming. This book is a great introduction for children who might not have experienced farm life for themselves.
One of my girls LOVES non-fiction text, and she loves this book. Full of photographs and information about identifying trees by their leaves makes this a great read for science-lovers and novices alike.
Best Fall Books for Bigger Kids
If you live in a climate without snow, this book is a great one to read by the Christmas tree with your iced tea. 😉
You may know Mo Willems for Knuffle Bunny and Elephant & Piggie. This sweet story has a different feeling, but it’s a lovely book to read with your young writers to teach cyclical storytelling.
I found Wonderfall on a display at my local library. It’s full of clever puns and fun word choice. It’s a great example of a picture book that is just right for older readers. 😉
Best Fall Books for Tweens and Teens
I read this book in one afternoon and then immediately put it into the hands of my 9-year-old. It’s a beautiful story!
Kate DiCamillo is a gifted writer. Her stories are so worth reading aloud with your children. I would recommend starting with this one.
My own girls aren’t ready for the Wingfeather Saga just yet, but I loved all four books. This series is on par with Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia. (How often can you say that?!)
I love Anne of Green Gables (as any reader alive in the 1980s probably does), but Emily and all the folks at New Moon hold a special place in my heart. This is a great series to binge read under a blanket.
I love this book. <3
Best Fall Books for Adults
Nothing helps your children fall in love with books like seeing you read a book! These are four I have loved.
Katherine Reay writes really engaging fiction. This is her first book, and it remains my favorite!
If you like non-fiction books, I highly recommend this one. Engaging story made even more amazing by the fact that it’s true.
I never expected to love this book, but I did. Fantastic story, but note: there is a lot of language sprinkled throughout.
Does your family love to read?
Reading aloud with your children for 15 minutes a day can have significant impact on your:
- family bond
- child’s love for learning
- child’s emotional and academic success
- and MORE!
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