Picture Books for the Fall

Fall Leaves – by Loretta Holland

fall leaves

The illustrations in this book are truly magical. They capture autumn’s changing light and complexity of color. The text can work on two different levels — if you have a young child with a short attention span, you can read just the large words at the top of the page. It flows beautifully as an ode to autumn. But if your child is older, there’s additional text that explains what’s going on during the fall — the reason for the leaves changing colors, the hibernation of plants and animals, the rotation of the earth affecting light and temperature. It’s a beautiful blend of scientific explanation and poetry.

Leaves – by David Ezra Stein


This sweet story follows a young bear over the course of his first year of life. He frolics during the spring and summer, but becomes increasingly worried as the leaves begin to fall off the trees. “Are you okay?” he asks them. Eventually he finds a place to hibernate, and awakens in the spring to a newly revitalized world. There’s not too much text per page, and this is a great introduction to the change of seasons.

Waiting for Winter – by Sebastian Meschenmoser

waiting for winter

I am in love with the illustrations in this book. The story follows a squirrel, a hedgehog, and a bear as they try to stay awake to see the first snowfall. Each page of pencil sketched illustration exudes such personality in each of the characters. The humor in this book is endearing as well — watching the squirrel and hedgehog sing sea shanties to help keep themselves awake and seeing how each of the animals envisions this unknown element of “snow” kept both my son and I chuckling the whole way through.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever – by Steven Kroll

biggest pumpkin ever

I was browsing through some books, picked this one up, and read the opening line: “Once there were two mice who fell in love with the same pumpkin.” I knew this was a book for us. The story is sweet, and ends with a burgeoning friendship, as well as a gigantic pumpkin. This would be a good Halloween book for kids who don’t handle “scary” well — it has the theme of pumpkins and jack o’lanterns without any sort of scary content.

Bear Has a Story to Tell – by Philip C. Stead

bear has a story to tell

Bear wants to tell his friends a story before he settles into sleep for the winter. But his friends are too busy preparing for winter. So bear holds his story inside and helps them with their autumn preparations. Will bear remember his story when spring arrives? This is a sweet story of friendship and changing seasons, and it’s a fun one to read aloud with lots of different voices.

12 thoughts on “Picture Books for the Fall

  1. Amy @ Hope Is the Word

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! The Steads are particular favorites of mine (Sick Day for Amos McGee tops my list), so I love the Bear book. I also love David Ezra Stein, and in fact, we have that very board book home from the library right now. I’m really interested in Waiting for Winter–it looks fabulous!

    Thank you so much for linking up to RAT!


    • pagesandmargins

      I love Sick Day for Amos McGee too! And definitely check out Waiting for Winter — my son keep reminding me of the funny parts in it at random times throughout the day so we can continue to laugh about it.


  2. Erin

    An Australian Pumpkin one I’m sure you;d enjoy is Farmer Peltz’s Pumpkins – Colin Thiele. more a picture books for the 7yr old+ maye a bit younger but it is long.


  3. bekahcubed

    Oh – I’m requesting those first two from my library right now! My daughter is just turning one (tomorrow), so our reads are relatively simple, but those two (Fall Leaves without the explanations) sound wonderful.


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