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Fall in Love With These Autumn Picture Books
We love this time of year. Fall is filled with magnificent colors, some of our favorite holidays, and delicious foods. I mean, who is not ready for an apple or pumpkin spiced treat? This is also a perfect time to swap some of your summer reads out for books about autumnal adventures. As the weather cools and the leaves change, grab a blanket and enjoy one of these great fall books.
The Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows–autumn is on its way!
Join a young girl as she takes a walk through the forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says goodbye to summer and welcomes autumn. (Ages 2-4)
Amara’s Farm by Janay Brown-Wood, Samara Hardy
A young girl searches for pumpkins on her farm in this joyful celebration of cool-weather fruits and vegetables, from the new Where in the Garden? series.
Amara is hosting a potluck for friends on her farm, and her snacks won’t be complete without pumpkins. She’s searched and searched, but she’s grown so many plants that she needs help finding them. What do we know about pumpkins? They’re large, round, and orange–and, wait a minute, is that a pumpkin? No, that’s an apple. Where, oh, where could those pumpkins be? ( Ages 3-7)
We All Play by Julie Flett
Animals and kids love to play! This wonderful book celebrates diversity and the interconnectedness of nature through an Indigenous perspective, complete with a glossary of Cree words for wild animals at the back of the book, and children repeating a Cree phrase throughout the book. Readers will encounter birds who chase and chirp, bears who wiggle and wobble, whales who swim and squirt, owls who peek and peep, and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting:
We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna (Ages 0-7)
My Baby Loves Halloween by Jabari Asim Tara Nicole Whitaker
With My Baby Loves Halloween, celebrate all the lovely things that Baby discovers about Halloween:
Baby loves the crisp autumn air.
Baby loves candles in pumpkins that grin.
Baby loves candy…
Celebrate all the sweet things that Baby discovers about Halloween. (Ages 0-4)
Counting with Ché: Contande Con Ché by José Faña-Ruiz, Keaira Faña-Ruiz
Counting With Ché was inspired by a request made by a young reader and José’s desire to share his childhood story with others. José was born and raised on a farm in Moca, Dominican Republic where he lived with his dear grandmother, affectionately known as Mama Ramonita. (Ages 0-7)
Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration by Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita
Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a story — a song, a poem, a celebration — about feeling at home in one’s own beloved skin. (Ages 6-8)
Little Moar and the Moon by Roselynn Akulukjuk, Jazmine Gubbe
Moar has always loved autumn–playing outside with his friends, feeling the weather get colder–but there is one thing about autumn that really worries Moar. The moon. The days become shorter and the moon, with its creepy face and eerie smile, seems to be looking down on him before he can even get home from school! So, one day, Moar is determined to get home before the moon appears in the sky. But there are so many fun things to do on the way home, he may just run out of time!. (Ages 6-8)
Peyton Picks the Perfect Pie: A Thanksgiving Celebration by America’s Test Kitchen Kids
Peyton is particular. But she’s not picky. Grownups use that word a lot. Picky. Picky. Picky. It’s never a good thing. And it’s not fair. Peyton likes dogs and cats, scooters and bikes, pools, and beaches. And Peyton likes to try new things. She recently mastered long division in math class and loves to practice the saxophone–as long as her adorable dog Mila doesn’t howl! But Peyton is particular when it comes to food. Peyton doesn’t like it when two foods touch on her plate. Peyton doesn’t like green foods. Or orange foods. Or red foods. Peyton doesn’t like foods that are gooey or gummy, sticky or slimy, frosted or flaky. And Peyton most definitely doesn’t like chunky or lumpy foods.
Thanksgiving is our most universal holiday, beloved by adults and children. But Thanksgiving can also be a challenge for young eaters who struggle with new tastes and new experiences. Peyton is the hero of this food lover’s tale and she is determined to confront her fear of new foods by finding a Thanksgiving pie she truly likes, even if it’s flaky, lumpy, or chunky. (Ages 4-8)
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