Fall in Love with Reading: My 7 Favorite Fall Books and Bonus Fall Literacy Activities

I love fall! I love the trees, the cooler temps, the pumpkin spice, and cozy warm feelings that come with this time of year and of course, reading my favorite fall books with my children. The passing of the seasons is one of my favorite things about living in Vermont. 

One of the best ways to encourage reluctant readers is to continue to expose them to a variety of texts. In my Book Nook Guide, I suggest using the seasons to help you remember to pull new books for your children to explore and read together.  

Families are busy these days, but now is the perfect time to start building a daily reading habit with your children. 

Today I’m going to share with you 7 of my favorite Fall books and some bonus fall literacy activities to celebrate the changing seasons with your children. 

7 Books to read this fall:

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer – This beautiful book helps children to see the connections between all things in nature. Fall is a great time to remember that even the smallest creature is important. 

Why Leaves Change Colors By Betsy Maestro -This is a non-fiction picture book that teaches all about how leaves change colors. You’ll want to get outside and hunt for different kinds of leaves! This book also includes simple and fun activities to do with leaves. 

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes -This is a must-read if you’re studying seasons with your early reader! It has simple text, gorgeous pictures, and will motivate your child to wonder at the natural world.

We Gather Together Celebrating the Harvest Seasons by Wendy Pfeffer Autumn is a great time to connect to the world around you and feel grounded with the earth. This book connects the things we do, picking apples and pumpkins, with history and cultures all over the world. It also explains the autumnal equinox and has extension activity suggestions at the end!

Leaf Man by Lois Elhert -Where do leaves go when the wind blows? You can follow along with Leaf Man as he floats along with the breeze. The illustrations in this book were created from actual leaves and can inspire a creative project to create your own nature creatures!  

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka – My daughter loves it when we read her books “the silly way.” That means we say a silly word in place of the actual words she knows and expects. This fun book about fall is all mixed up! At the end of the book, the author suggests going back and sorting it out with your children. I expect lots of laughs with this one!

Little House in the Big Woods and related books by Laura Ingalls Wilder – If you’re looking for a great read-aloud this fall, you’ve got to check out the Little House series. We just started it with our son and are loving it! It has inspired conversations about gratitude and historical differences of then and now.

Make a plan to add some of my favorite fall books to your reading rotation at home and don’t forget to download the Fall Literacy Activities! Check your bookshelves for forgotten favorites, swap with friends, or ask your local library to pull some fall themed books for you!

As I mentioned before, I love fall! I am always adding books to my collection at home, both on kindle and in our personal library. Let me know your favorite Fall books in the comments! And, if you’re looking for extra support for developing literacy in your home, let’s connect and set up a Family Literacy Consultation! 

About the Author Ashley DiMercurio

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