I love all things fall: pumpkin spice, fall leaves, and snuggling up with a cozy blanket and a good book. Rounding up these fall living books was so much fun! (If you aren’t sure what I mean by “living books,” you can see this post, or download my Charlotte Mason quote sheet on living books here.) Since I love fall so much, I wanted to share as much about the beautiful season as a I can with Miss H! I included a mix of realistic fiction and narrative non-fiction books for you and your preschooler or young child to enjoy together.
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This post was updated July 2019.
Fall Living Books for the Early Years
This book includes beautiful pictures and descriptions. I actually used it to teach descriptive writing in one of my 4th grade classes! It was always one of my favorites to share with my students, and now Miss H really enjoys it. (There is a line about ancient peoples thinking that the moon was the eye of their ancestors…skip it if you’d like!)
A little boy grows a pumpkin, but decides not to keep the very best one for himself. I love this sweet story with an inspirational idea: putting others first.
One thing that I love about this book is that it contains descriptive and expository (informative) texts, so the facts are clothed in ideas. You could always skip the informative text with younger children and read the narrative text instead!
This book isn’t specifically about fall, but it describes an apple tree throughout the seasons. This helps give children the understanding that the apples they enjoy in the fall transform and grow throughout the year.
5. Leaf Man
Such a creative book! All of the pictures are made with real leaves and die-cuts. It describes the journey of a “leaf-man” that is blown by the wind. If you read this book, your children will surely require that you make your own leaf men, so be prepared!
6. Fall Leaves
The language in this book beautiful, and it teaches so much about the changing seasons. Plus, the illustrations are stunning!
Gail Gibbons writes wonderful non-fiction books for children. She goes into detail about different types of owls and their habitats. While this book gives a lot of information, it’s appropriate for young children without being watered down.
This is a sweet story of courage and friendship. It’s hard to make that leap of faith sometimes, but easier if you have a friend by your side.
Miss H has this mini edition, and we love reading it together, especially in the fall! This is the story of little acorns and hazelnuts who went off on an unexpected adventure. If you try to avoid trolls and other magical creatures in children’s books, then this one is not for you.
We have the Brambly Hedge treasury, and now that Miss H is getting a little older, E is enjoying these stories as well.
Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite fall book to read with your little ones?