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Fall Themed Books For The Whole Family – Picture Books & Read Alouds

Fall is right around the corner and it is my favorite! I love everything about fall… the leaves, the smells, the colors, the baking, the sweaters! As much as I don’t want to rush summer, I love when little pops of autumn start showing. To me, fall also means a fresh start. I know that is actually the opposite of what fall stands for, but with the beginning of a new homeschool year, fall feels like a new start to me.


As a homeschool mom, I am always looking for new books to keep little minds engaged and inspired. I love picking up seasonal and holiday themed books that the whole family will enjoy. After I got the Fall Homeschool Bundle, I knew I had to add quite a few of the recommended books to our family library! Since so many of you were printing the book lists provided by  Home and Haven and asking about the same thing on Instagram, I figured I would compile all the fall book recommendations here in one place for us.


The Fall Homeschool Bundle is available for only a few days at the introductory price, so make sure to take a look if you haven’t yet. You do not need this bundle in order to enjoy any of these fall books here. They are just a nice addition to the Fall Homeschool Bundle, but can work alone in your family as well!


The fall book recommendations are listed by topic. Some of these books are beautiful picture books, others are more informational, some are for early independent readers, and some make for wonderful read alouds with your whole family. Browse them all and pick a few from each topic that will work best for your family!


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How Do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro

Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit- ready for you to pick!

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Explore the history of the apple but also the way that families and farmers grow and care for apple trees today, from planting to selling, to turning them into delicious treats.

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Bold, autumn-colored paintings and a simple but lively story capture a little girl’s joy as she shares in the excitement of the fall season.

Applesauce Day by Lisa J. Amstutz

Follow along with maria and her family as they visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Follow each step in the process as everyone helps to turn those apples into delicious applesauce.

Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz

Come along on a trip to the apple orchard. Find out how apples are picked and stored. Which apples are best for munching and much more!

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Annie is a busy apple farmer. Follow Annie through her apple-filled day of picking, counting, sorting, baking and selling.

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Follow along with the bunny family as they go to an apple orchard. Farmer Miller teaches them all about apples. This charming story is
filled with fun facts, activities, and an applesauce recipe.

Johhny Appleseed by Lori Haskins Houran

In this simple yet lively book, children will be introduced to John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Lyrical text and bright, appealing artwork capture the essence of this important American.

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

A sweet apple story that focuses on counting.

An Apple’s Life by Nancy Dickman

Before you go apple picking, read this book to find out how apples are created. From seed to seedling, tree to blossom, flower to fruit, the life cycle of an apple is beautiful to see.

Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish

A sweet story about Amelia Bedelia baking her first apple pie.

How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World by Marjorie Priceman

This picture book takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients for a delicious apple pie. A simple recipe for apple pie is included.


Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

A beautiful book with illustrations from actual leaves. A fun book to read before kids collect leaves to make their own leaf art work.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

A simple and charming story of a young bear’s first autumn. A great book to teach younger children about the changing seasons.

Fletcher and The Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise!


Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The author uses watercolor collage and pieces of actual seeds, fabric, wire, and roots in this innovative and rich introduction to the life of a tree.


I Love Fall by Alison Inches

From plump orange pumpkins to crunchy leaves, readers will love all the textures fall has to offer in this delightful touch and feel board book.

We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Join three friends on a fun leaf finding adventure! With easy rhyming text and fun sound effects, children will delight in this rollicking autumn story.

Leaves: An Autumn Pop Up Book by Janet Lawler

This beautiful book includes amazing pop ups, educational information, and delightful interactive elements that offer change and surprsie on every page.

The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade

This engaging storyline hits on important social/emotional themes involving anxiety, perfectionism and facing fears. The story also features a science hook related to the seasons and cycles of nature.

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber

This vibrant poem celebrates the beauty of autumn while inviting us all to go ahead and jump in that big, colorful, pile of fall leaves.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Park

Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. She says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington

When the seasons change, a young girl visits the arboretum to collect fallen leaves and make a book with them. Brilliant illustrations show each variety of tree the girl encounters.



Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Jamie plants a pumpkin seed in the spring and watches it grow all summer. He saves some seeds that he will plant again next spring.

Ready For Pumpkins by Kate Duke

A classroom guinea pig finds a way to plant his own garden in this funny tale of pumpkins and patience.

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat

Patty’s pumpkin patch is the perfect lead-in or follow-up to a visit to a pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Hill By Elizabeth Spurr

Seeds from a plump pumpkin grew into a huge army of roly-poly pumpkins. All it took was a mighty wind to set those pumpkins off on a tumble that would wake up a sleepy town with surprise.

Pumpkin Day by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

The rabbit family spends the day at pumpkin hollow farm. Pumpkin recipes and crafts just right for ages 5-8 are included in this fun seasonal story.

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

A humorous book with adorable characters that inspires repeat readings.

Pumpkin Circle: The Story Of A Garden by George Levenson

This educational exploration of a pumpkin’s life-cycle is a must for any aspiring scientist or farmer!

How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

This book makes a wonderful read-aloud companion to any math or science curriculum, and it’s a fun way to reinforce counting skills at home.

From Seed To Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

This book brings readers into the pumpkin patch to show them how little seeds transform into big pumpkins.

The Pumpkin Patch by Elizabeth King

Beautiful photographs and text describe the activities in a pumpkin patch as seeds become pumpkins.

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree

A colorfully illustrated counting tale about a wagon full of pumpkins that fall out and roll down the hill.

I Like Pumpkins by Jerry Smath

A fun rhyming story about a little girl who likes pumpkins!

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.

The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

A sweet story about how you don’t need to be big to be great!



Bats: Hunters of The Night  by Elaine Landau

This book introduces the world of bats, describing their physical characteristics, habitat, life cycle and nocturnal feeding habits.

A Place For Bats by Melissa Stewart

This fact-filled, colorful book looks at the amazing world of bats.

The Life Cycle Of A Bat by Rebecca Sjonger

Describes the habitat, life cycle, social behaviors, and physical characteristics of fruit, insect, and vampire bats.

NightSong by Ari Berk

A breathtaking picture book about a young bat setting off into the world using only his good sense.

What Is A Bat? by Heather Kalman Levigne

From blood-sucking vampire bats to mango-eating fruit bats; this book tackles bat myths and teaches children about bats.

Amazing Bats by Frank Greenaway

This book is filled with full-color photos and full-color illustrations. The author explains all sorts of fun facts about bats.

Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt

With its exuberant text and enchanting illustrations, Bat Jamboree is both a counting book and a thrilling theatrical event.

Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel

A funny picture book about a lonely bat who thinks he found a perfect home. Until he discovers that it’s already inhabited by a squirrel. A
sweet friendship story about finding common ground despite outward differences.

StellaLuna by Janell Cannon

A story about how a baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of a bird’s nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits.

Bats Around The Clock by Kathi Appelt

A fun story about telling time as you dance around the clock with the bats!

Little Red Bat by Carole Gerber

Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. A sweet educational journey through one bat’s seasonal dilemma.

Bat Loves The Night by Nicola Davies

A charming and informative story about a pipistrelle bat. The book offers vivid descriptions of the animal’s flight, its navigational skills and the hunt for food.



The Book Of North American Owls by Helen Roney Sattler

A study of the twenty-one species of owls that make their home on the North American continent. It furnishes detailed descriptions of
their anatomy, characteristics, hunting techniques, courtship and breeding habits.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

A sweet story about three owlets who are waiting for their mother to return from her night flight.

Owl: A Year In The Lives Of North American Owls by Paul Bannick

Photographer Paul Bannick follows North American owls through the course of one year and documents their distinct habitats. A beautiful
field guide that helps identify owls and compare other species.

Owls Of The World: A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola

This book is the ultimate photographic resource dedicated to the identification of these charismatic birds of prey. Over 750 photographs covering all of the world’s 268 species of owls.

Owls by Gail Gibbons

This book covers basics of owl behavior, information on how they hunt, and the many factors that have led some types of owls to become endangered.

Owling by Mark Wilson

This book invites young readers into the world of real-life owls, to learn about their fascinating behaviors and abilities.

The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston

This gentle poem book follows the life cycle of the barn owl.

The Concise Book Of Owls by Lochlainn Seabrook

This book answers questions about what makes owls unique among our planet’s 10,000 bird species.

National Geographic Kids: Owls by Laura Marsh

Learn how owls raise their young, hunt and protect themselves. The perfect book for reading aloud or for independent reading.

Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

This story follows along with little owl as he tries to understand if daytime could be nearly as wonderful as night time.

Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel

Owl lives by himself in a warm little house. A sweet story about how he always has time for visitors.






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  • Reply
    August 12, 2020 at 10:16 am

    This is an amazing list! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Aryn The Libraryan ?
    August 12, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Fall themed books are so much fun! Living in a region that doesn’t have fall, its a treat to experience through books. The Amelia Bedelia Apple Pie book looks mighty tempting!!

  • Reply
    Robyn Jones
    August 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    I love children’s books and reading to children; I taught elementary school for many years and that was always my favorite thing to do with my class. Summer is my favorite, but I actually enjoy all of the seasons; there is something fun about each of them! Like you, reading seasonal books is one of them. Thank you for sharing this great list! ?

  • Reply
    September 26, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve never heard of that Amelia Bedelia book! We have quite of few of them, but I’ve never seen this one. 🙂 Actually, I’ve never heard of most of the books in your list. Thanks!

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