12 Children’s Books About the Fall to Add to Your Read-Aloud List

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One of the best times of the year is the fall! The weather is cooling down, and kids return to the classroom to be with their friends and learn new things. Invite kids into the classroom using fun children’s books about the fall.

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Most teachers have a list of books on deck for the fall, but it can be fun to freshen them up and change the routine. If you’re looking for a refresh or to stock up your shelves in a new classroom, these books are amazing.

Books Kindergarten Students and Beyond Will Love

Fall books are so much fun to read. They can be paired with exciting lessons about leaves, apples, pumpkins, and weather. The titles below are great for research, fun, and adventure!

The Leaf Theif by Alice Hemming

Squirrel loses a leaf and recruits his forest friends to help find it. Did he lose a leaf, or is something else happening among the trees? Read this story and invite students to use their senses to observe the world around them.

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This is such a cute story to read in the fall months!

Use the Fall Bulletin Board Letters to decorate the room and bring great fall vibes to the classroom.

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These Bulletin Board Letters are so much fun to decorate the room!

Because of an Acorn by Lola Schaefer

The fun illustrations in this book help students visualize nature. They will see how different things grow and change together outside. This is another great book to talk about textures, senses, and changing seasons.

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Kids will learn a ton about nature and different season changes in this story.

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter & Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

This series always holds a special place in the classroom. There is one for each change of season, and they perfectly capture that change. Use them to discuss the weather and the fall season.

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This is such a fun story to use during back to school season.
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Keep this book on hand as fall comes to a close and winter shows up.

The Fall Flowers Bulletin Board is a wonderful way to decorate the classroom and tie in any of the stories from this post. It’s such a cute display!

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Show students how amazing it is to grow together with this cute Fall Flowers Bulletin Board.

Pete the Cat: Falling for Autumn by James Dean

Everyone loves Pete! Read this story about Pete learning to love everything about fall. He doesn’t want to say goodbye to swimming pools and everything fun about summer. As he discovers hay rides, pumpkins, and cooler weather, he changes his tune! Show kids how amazing each of the seasons can be.

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Pete is such a fun cat and he teaches us tons about friendship, weather, persevering, and more.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Rebecca isn’t a fan of pumpkins. She’s seen too many in her lifetime. When one falls off a truck into her yard, she covers it with dirt. Those seeds turn into pumpkins, and she is left with too many! What will she ever do? Use this book to discuss what students would do if they were in the same circumstance!

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What would you do with a ton of pumpkins? I would love to know what goes through a child’s head!

Use the Fall Writing Crafts to let kids explain how they would use pumpkins. The other crafts are great for researching and decorating the walls during September, October, and November!

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This fun Fall Crafts Bundle can be used all season long to discuss pumpkins, apples, and sunflowers!

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry

You wouldn’t expect a crow and a scarecrow to become friends, but they do in this story! Show students that anyone can be friends if they find something common. If you study friendship, use this book to illustrate the fun concept.

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This fun friendship is a joy to read about. Kids will love it!

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

This is the story of a jack-o-lantern that grows into a plant. It’s a fun way to demonstrate the cycle of life and how pumpkins grow. Instead of a generic book about life plant cycles, use Pumpkin Jack to tell the story!

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If you carve pumpkins in the fall, show students what might happen after they have served their purpose.

A Tree for All Seasons by Robin Bernard

As the trees change, kids will learn new vocabulary words and enhance their reading skills. Grab this book for whole-group read-alouds or for small-group practice. The beautiful pictures invite conversation about leaves, colors, and changes in the world.

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Learning about the seasons is a ton of fun and this book can help!

After the Fall by Dan Santat

Have you ever wondered what happened to Humpty after he fell off the wall? He’s now scared of heights and will not do anything he used to, including bird watching! What will he do now that he can’t enjoy the things he loves? Get kids involved in the conversation!

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Everyone knows the nursery rhyme, but what happened afterward?

Try using the Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall Bulletin Board to tie into the lesson and read aloud! It’s such a fun display.

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Welcome fall to the classroom with this unique Humpty Dumpty Bulletin!

See You Later, Alligator by Sally Hopgood

The alligator is off on an adventure, but he has to say goodbye to his animal friends first. Every time he says goodbye, his farewells get a bit sillier! This book is a play on all of the See Ya Later puns out there, and it’s so much fun to read with kids!

After reading, use the sayings to say goodbye to kids at the end of each day! They will love it.

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What’s your favorite way to say goodbye to students?

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

As the wind blows, Leaf Man travels! See where he goes in these beautiful illustrations. Use the book to discuss wind, weather, and the changes in each season. Invite kids to go on a leaf hunt and find leaves to make their own leaf man in the classroom.

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If you go on a leaf hunt, show students what they can create with the leaves they find.

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I hope these children’s books about the fall inspire students this school year. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out others like it!

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