I am always caught by surprise each year when the leaves change colour and start to fall in the autumn. Even though I am waiting and anticipating the change in seasons as summer comes to an end, all of the colours take my breath away. It truly is a magical time of year as the red and gold leaves fill the landscape around us. Reading about the changing seasons is a great way to help your children to understand more about the world around them. So each year we add a few of these fall books to our book basket and enjoy the changing seasons. So here you go our pick of the best autumn books and stories for toddlers and preschoolers.
Autumn Stories and Books
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Although the leaves may be the most obvious sign of autumn that your toddlers and preschoolers may see there are plenty of more seasonal items that autumn brings about. Check out these general autumn-themed books for toddlers and preschoolers for more ideas of what to add to your book basket this season.
Take a look at my list of my kids favourite fall books.
By far my toddlers and preschoolers favourite book to read this time of year is the picture book (no words) Autumn by Gerda Muller. We recommend the whole set of seasons and use them even with older kids as story writing prompts.
2. Fall Mixed Up
Fall Mixed Up – All of the animals are doing each other’s jobs! Bear is hiding nuts while the geese hibernate. This fall book is full of silly ideas that will have everyone in your home giggling.
3. The Autumn Visitor
The Autumn Visitors – Follow a family of bears as they head out to enjoy all of the events that fall brings. They visit a carnival and even go trick or treating, all without being noticed!
4. Mouse’s First Fall
Mouse’s First Fall Mouse is busy discovering all the wonders of fall. Especially in all of the colorful leaves. Mouse and Minka go on an adventure outside to learn all about this beautiful season.
5. Fall is not Easy
Fall is not Easy – This story is about a little tree and the problems it faces during fall. No matter what the tree does, it doesn’t seem to help. Read on to find out how this tree survives.
6. It’s Fall
It’s Fall – Discover everything there is to know about fall in this book as you follow around a boy who points out all of the wonderful changes the season brings.
7. Awesome Autumn
Awesome Autumn – This non-fiction book explains some of the key events that happen in autumn from leaves to hibernating and migrating animals. With wonderful pictures it’s great for older preschoolers.
8. Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn
Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn – This book is part of a series that explores the seasons for toddlers and preschoolers. It follows a young girl as she walks around observing nature and the world around her whilst the season changes.
9. Let it Fall
Let It Fall – we love this colourful book that explores autumn. It has simple sentences and when our preschoolers are learning to read is great to read alongside them with them pointing out letters and words that they begin to recognise.
10. Autumn is Here
Autumn is Here – With simple illustrations and repetition through out this children’s picture book is ideal for children and you to read together throughout autumn.
Autumn Activities to Do With Toddlers and Preschoolers
We love to combine books and activities here’s just a few of our favourite fall activities that we do this time of year.
- Prewriting Leaf Art Activity for Preschoolers
- Leaf Cookies and Treats to Cook with Kids
- Create your own Cork Stamped Autumn Leaf Tree
More Autumn Themed Book Recommendations for Toddlers and Preschoolers
We have other book lists that feature our families favourite books for autumn by specific topics check them out below.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.