10 Fall Books for Kids to Celebrate the Season

Read children's books about pumpkins, apples, football and more.

Fall is the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book! Reading about the fall season is an easy and fun way to help children learn about the beautiful themes, sights and sounds that this magical season has to offer.

From books about pumpkins and apples to football and falling leaves, we rounded up our favorite fall books for kids.

The Scarecrows’ Wedding, by Julia Donaldson

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  • Best for ages: 2-6

When two scarecrows are in love, it is time for a big fall wedding! But after meticulously gathering everything they need for the big day, Harry O’Hay goes on a search to find the prettiest pink flowers for his bride, Betty O’Barley. While Harry is gone, Reginald Rake tries to take Harry’s place! Will Harry come back in time for his big day?

The Ugly Pumpkin, by Dave Horowitz

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  • Best for ages: 3-5

One sad pumpkin has waited the entire month of October for someone to bring him home. When he doesn’t get picked, he goes on a journey of self-discovery to find a place where he fits in. This charming tale brings to life the concept of finding one’s place in the world.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, by Lucille Colandro

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  • Best for ages: 3-5

Everyone’s favorite old lady who swallowed a fly and a zillion other things is back for some fall fun. But this time, she’s swallowing everything from a shirt and rope to a pile of hay and a giant pumpkin. Will she be OK?

Armadilly Chili, by Helen Ketteman

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  • Best for ages: 4-8

A much spicier take on The Little Red Hen, Miss Billie wants to make a pot of her famous Armadilly Chili to warm everybody up, but her friends are too busy to help her. Will she decide to enjoy the chili by herself, or share the meal with her friends?

A Silly Milly Fall, by Sheri Wall

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  • Best for ages: 4-8

Milly is a Great Dane, who, like most of us, loves everything about the fall season. From choosing a Halloween costume and running through piles of leaves to watching football and licking up Thanksgiving leftovers, young readers will love seeing the season from Milly’s perspective.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, by Julia Rawlinson

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  • Best for ages: 4-8

Fletcher the Fox is worried when the leaves begin turning brown and falling from his favorite tree. Is it sick, he wonders? But as Fletcher’s mom teaches him about nature and the changing seasons, Fletcher begins to get excited about winter and the wonderful surprise in stotre for the tree.

Our Moon Festival, by Yobe Qiu

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  • Best for ages: 4-8

An own voices book written by an educator who believes children need a diverse bookshelf, Our Moon Festival, highlights the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival, which is coming up in September. The story highlights different families and their traditions as they observe this holiday.

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin Picking Plan, by Catherine Hapka

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  • Best for ages: 4-8

Splat the Cat is thrilled to have found the biggest and best pumpkin ever from the pumpkin patch, but there’s one problem … it won’t fit in his wagon! Join Splat and his friend Seymour as they devise a plan to get the pumpkin home.

The Biggest Apple Ever, by Steven Kroll

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  • Best for ages: 4-8

Clayton the town mouse and Desmond the country mouse are very competitive, especially when Mouseville School holds a contest to find the biggest apple. Throughout the book, the two mice eventually learn about good sportsmanship and the benefits of working together.

Dino-Football, by Lisa Wheeler

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  • Best for ages: 5-9

The stage is set for Mega Bowl Sunday in the Lava Dome, where a crowd of excited dinosaurs are watching the meat-eating Greenblade Snackers play against the herbivorous Redscales. Told in rhyme with detailed, cartoon-like illustrations with vivid colors, sports fan and dinosaur lovers alike will enjoy getting in on the action of tackles and touchdowns.


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