By Kim McCloskey (a JoyFully Read!™ JRCP certified tutor)
Fall is my favorite season, I love walking through crunchy leaves, looking at blazing leaves backlit by sunlight, a warm cup of ginger tea, and the smell of pumpkin seeds toasting in the oven. But where I live, it’s almost at an end. The forecast is for record high temperatures today and then snow tomorrow.
As a last hurrah to Fall I thought I would share with you some of my favorite picture books that celebrate this season of change for younger 3rd Step readers and for reading aloud:
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Summary: The story of a leaf who is afraid to fall.
What I love about this book: This story is about finding the courage to face the unknown and the power of friendship. The illustrations are unusual and captivating, with the raw materials showing through to create texture and depth. It is a beautiful book with a beautiful story.
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
Summary: A loving father prepares a pie for his daughter
What I love about this book: The rhyme is fun and reminds me of the campfire songs I love so much. The repetition of vocabulary is great for emerging readers and the illustrations provide energy and movement to this lovely tale.
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Summary: It’s time for bear to hibernate, but first he must let his friends know.
What I love about this book: This bedtime story is sweet and subtly informative. Each animal has its own preparations to make for winter.
Woody, Hazel and Little Pip by Elsa Baskow
Summary: Little forest children go on adventure after taking a ride on swirling leaves.
What I love about this book: It’s quiet, gentle and beautiful and yet so adventurous. This will spark your imagination.
The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
Summary: A farmer uses his ox-cart to take goods to market to sell so he can buy the provisions he needs for next year.
What I love about this book: First of all, I love good poetry and this is some of the best in children’s literature. Secondly, we step back in time as the story gives us a glimpse in the life of a 19th century New England farming family. My how times have changed.
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
Summary: Alphabetically arranged acrostic verses about Autumn.
What I love about this book: Acrostics teach readers to have fun with language, and the linoleum block prints and just an added draw.
Fall Ball by Peter McCarty
Summary: Bobbie and his friends are looking forward to playing some football after school, but something happens.
What I love about this book: Okay, I think I’m more drawn in by the illustrations than anything else in this book. The swirling leaves and chunky children bring life to this ode to fall football.
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss
Summary: A wise old man in the Desert of Drize gives his advice.
What I love about this book: To begin with, it’s Seuss and I love Dr. Seuss. But beyond that this an optimistic tale of gratitude that is perfect for this season of giving thanks.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Summary: Fletcher is worried when his favorite tree starts losing its leaves, but then winter brings a wonderful surprise.
What I love about this book: It’s a simple tale of caring and innocence with a subtle philosophical message.
Want to find more recommendations for books with a fall theme? Go to The Best Children’s Book.org http://www.the-best-childrens-books.org/fall-books.html
Tell us what your favorite books are!