10 Kids' Books That Celebrate Fall

Hooray for fall! There's so much to celebrate with your little one, from autumn leaves and hayrides, to apple picking and pumpkin carving. Fall is the perfect season to cuddle up and read one of HMH®'s beautifully illustrated fall-themed children's books.

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

"Ethereal and lovely...gives a sense of time standing still as nature starts to slow down in preparation for the winter."―Booklist

Part poem, part silent stage with luminous light-box illustrations, this innovative picture book puts autumn on display to capture the art and science of season change.

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Leaf Man

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.
Ask Me

Ask Me by Bernard Waber

A heart-warming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber, and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee, Ask Me is the ultimate celebration of a child’s curiosity, and a father and daughter’s deep and abiding love for each other.
Red Are the Apples

Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshman and Cheryl Ryan

"A feast for the eyes."―Publishers Weekly

What can you find in an autumn garden? A harvest of bright colors, and lots to explore!

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Nana in the City

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

In this magical, Caldecott Honor picture book, a young boy visits his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. Then his Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights and sounds of the city are not scary, but wonderful.
Possum's Harvest Moon

Possum's Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter

When Possum sees the biggest, brightest, yellowest moon shining down one autumn night, he decorates the grass with lanterns and berries and heads out to invite the mice, the crickets, Racoon, Rabbit and other friends to his "Harvest Soiree".
In November

In November by Cynthia Rylant

"Lovely . . . This handsome book is sure to become a new fall favorite."—Booklist

Cynthia Rylant's lyrical language and Jill Kastner's rich, cozy paintings capture the cherished moments of this autumn month--the moments we spend together and the ones we witness in the world around us.

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Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

"Children will beg to share this book over and over."—American Bookseller

Lois Ehlert uses watercolor collage and pieces of actual seeds, fabric, wire, and roots in this innovative and rich introduction to the life of a tree. A special glossary explains how roots absorb nutrients, what photosynthesis is, how sap circulates, and other facts about trees.

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Follow Me

Follow Me by Tricia Tusa

“Like a swing on an autumn day, this gentle, contemplative title invites viewers to escape and soar.”—Booklist

Swing high into the sky and explore a world full of earthy and elegant colors with the girl in this story as she experiences nature with a twist of her imagination. After she’s ventured far away, she floats gently back down and heads home, where her mother is waiting.

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Hell, Harvest Moon

Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher

"Lyrical offering...poetic prose...imaginative metaphors...draws readers into the text...luminous oil paintings...warm hues evoke homey, autumn scenes."—School Library Journal

While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in.

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