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Favourite Toddler and Preschool Leaf Books

Do your kids love leaves? My toddler and preschooler love autumn because of the leaves and as soon as they see the changes in the colours they start to get excited. At that point I fill up our book basket with a collection of books and stories all about leaves that we can sit and read together. So if your little ones are as excited as mine are then check out their and my favourite leaf books to read together this autumn.

preschooler playing in the autumn leaves with covers of books to read aloud all about leaves

Autumn Leaf Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Throughout the autumn one of the most noticeable signs that things are changing here in the UK is the leaves changing colour. Suddenly we have a second bloom where the green leaves of summer are replaced by reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and browns. Toddlers love to observe the difference, collect the leaves and discover what is going on with reading about the changes happening.

If you live in an area where there aren’t any noticeable seasonal changes then it’s also useful for Toddlers and Preschoolers to know what is going on and picking up a book is a great way to see the differences.

I have made a list of my favourite leaf books so you and your little ones can discover, learn, and explore one of our main themes for fall. From going on a leaf hunt, searching for leaf man, and learning exactly why leaves change colors, this list has it all.

Check out our list of autumn books and stories for even more fall reading for toddlers and preschoolers.

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1. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
  • Metzger, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/01/2008 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt – Go an adventure with the story and sing along with this lovely leaf book. This story follows 3 friends as they gather different colored leaves in a variety of places. At the end of the book, they make a pile of leaves and all of them jump in!

2. Leaf Man

Leaf Man
  • Hardcover Book
  • Ehlert, Lois (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/01/2005 (Publication Date) – Harcourt (Publisher)

Leaf Man – Leaf man used to live in the pile of leaves. But when the wind came it blew him away! Find out what happens to Leaf Man in this adorable and easy to read kids book.

3. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
  • Ehlert, Lois (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 06/13/2023 (Publication Date) – Clarion Books (Publisher)

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf – These colourful leaves come from a Sugar Maple tree that was planted by a little girl who lived in Wisconsin. It follows the girl and the tree as they both grow together. It is a story of inspiration. I am sure your child will want to plant a tree after reading this book.

4. There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Leaves

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!
  • Colandro, Lucille (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/01/2010 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

There was an old lady who swallowed some leaves – The old lady is back and better than ever in this twist on a classic favourite. Follow the old lady as she eats everything fall has to offer including a pumpkin, hay, and even a shirt! My kids love mixing up the song that goes along with this story as well. It always brings everyone a ton of laughs.

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5. Why do Leaves Changes Color?

Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
  • Maestro, Betsy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/04/2015 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)

Why do Leaves Change Color? – Kids are always curious. Squash that curiosity with this leaf book. It explains exactly why and how leaves change colour.

6. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves: A Fall Book for Kids
  • Rawlinson, Julia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/26/2008 (Publication Date) – Greenwillow Books (Publisher)

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves – When the leaves start to fall off of Fletcher’s tree he starts to worry. Discover why Fletcher has nothing to worry about.

7. Leaf Jumpers

Leaf Jumpers
  • Gerber, Carole (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/01/2006 (Publication Date) – Charlesbridge (Publisher)

Leaf Jumpers – Learn how to identify the different leaves by their shapes and colours. The illustrations in this book are beautiful!

8. Look What I did with a Leaf!

Look What I Did with a Leaf! (Naturecraft)
  • Sohi, Morteza E. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/01/1995 (Publication Date) – Bloomsbury USA Childrens (Publisher)

Look what I did with a Leaf! – Put those leaves to use and make some crafts with your kids. This book is full of ideas to get your imaginations running with ideas to make the best leaf creation. Perfect for those rainy fall days when you are cooped up indoors.

9. Leaves

  • Stein, David Ezra (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 30 Pages – 07/29/2010 (Publication Date) – Nancy Paulsen Books (Publisher)

Leaves – It is bear’s first fall and he is a bit confused when he sees the leaves falling from the trees. He tries to fix the problem, but ends up falling asleep on a bed of leaves until spring arrives. Cute way of explaining hibernation to young kids.

10. The Little Yellow Leaf

The Little Yellow Leaf
  • Hardcover Book
  • Berger, Carin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 08/26/2008 (Publication Date) – Greenwillow Books (Publisher)

The Little Yellow Leaf –  Little yellow leaf is not quite ready to fall with the other leaves. After mustering up enough courage, she does find a way to float down to the ground.

11. Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves
  • Hardcover Book
  • Holland, Loretta (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/02/2014 (Publication Date) – Clarion Books (Publisher)

Fall Leaves Embrace the beauty that comes along with the changing season in this picture book. The colors in the illustrations reflect fall colors perfectly.

12. Lucky Leaf

Lucky Leaf (Rise and Shine)
  • O’Malley, Kevin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/01/2007 (Publication Date) – Bloomsbury USA Childrens (Publisher)

Lucky Leaf The battle of playing outside vs. playing video games is at the center of this book. It gives a great insight on how much fun playing outside can actually be.

Bonus Leaf Sensory Book For Babies and Very Young Toddlers

Fall (Bright Baby Touch and Feel)
  • Priddy, Roger (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10 Pages – 08/17/2010 (Publication Date) – Priddy Books US (Publisher)

I even found this Touch and Feel Fall Board Book for babies and toddlers to enjoy!

Activities with Leaves to Do With Toddlers and Preschoolers

We love to combine books and activities here’s just a few of our favourite leaf activities that we do this time of year.

Turn leaf art into a practice on prewriting with this simple fall based activity for toddlers and preschoolers to create beautiful leaf art patterns.
Delicious, easy recipes for autumn baking and cooking with kids. Leaf and Tree themed treats that fit the season and are fun to make together.
Autumn tree printed with a cork for preschoolers to make in fall
Autumn Leaf Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers with book covers to show the best

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