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 introduce the changes, talk about what to expect and start to help your toddlers and preschoolers understand a little more about the world around them. So add a few of these recommended books for toddlers and preschoolers to your book basket and enjoy this collection of autumn books and stories for toddlers and preschoolers.
Autumn Books and Stories for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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, collects the leaves and discover what is going on. 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.
Books about Leaves for Toddlers
I have made a list of my favourite leaf books so you and your little ones can discover, learn, and explore one of my favourite topics for fall. From going on a leaf hunt, searching for leaf man, and learning exactly why leaves change colors, this list has it all.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Try this activity with your toddlers and preschoolers when you are reading about the leaves in autumn changing colours - Autumn Colours Plant Science Experiment.
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.
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.
Leaf Jumpers - Learn how to identify the different leaves by their shapes and colours. The illustrations in this book are beautiful!
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.
If you love the book Look What I Did with a Leaf check out our Leaf Drawing activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Whilst they decorate their leaves they are working on pre-writing skills that will help them write their very own stories in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decorate your windows for Autumn and Fall with his beautiful autumn leaf coloured window star and then whilst you are reading these seasonal stories to your toddlers and preschoolers you will be able to see the autumn sun streaming through the colours and show up the secret shapes that are made.
Books About Autumn For Toddlers and Preschoolers
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 fall books for kids.
Apples and Pumpkins - Discover the wonders of fall through the eyes of a little girl as she visits a farm. From shiny red apples to pumpkins and jack o'lanterns, there is so much to see.
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.
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!
The Busy Little Squirrel - Follow this squirrel during his busy season, Fall! With no time to spare, this squirrel is too busy to stop and play with other creatures. He is too busy collecting enough nuts for winter.
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.
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.
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.
Apples, Apples, Everywhere - Visit the apple orchard during fall and you will see just how apples are picked off of their trees. You may even find a wiggly worm or two.
Too Many Pumpkins After a splattered pumpkin mess is cleaned up by being covered by dirt, that fall, too many pumpkins start to grow!
Between the apples, pumpkins, leaves, and anticipation for the upcoming holidays, fall books are the perfect way to enjoy the season even more. After all, it gives us an excuse to slow down, make a warm cup of apple cider and share a few quiet moments with our kids.