20+ of Our Favorite Fall Books to Refresh Your Kids’ Bookshelves

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With summer winding down as quickly as it started, we’re all giving our spirits and our homes a little fall refresh. One great way to do that is to switch up the books on your kids’ shelves. Doing so instantly adds a little touch of whatever season you’re in (fall books for kids are so charming), and books also help to promote an awareness of how life–including our own!–goes through cycles as the year evolves.

With the leaves starting to change and the weather getting cooler, your little ones might be reaching for their shelves a bit more. Creating family time centered around reading together is not only a special way to bond, but it also seems like a quintessential fall activity, doesn’t it?

Here are some of our favorite fall books for kids (we’ve noted which ones are available in board book for your tiniest readers)—let us know if we’ve missed any of yours!

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Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

Splat the Cat and companion Seymour have taken an adventure to the pumpkin patch, and naturally have chosen the most epic-sized pumpkin. The question is, how are they ever going to get something this massive home? Enjoyable to the very end and includes 30+ adorable stickers for added fun.

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Anna Smithers

Tree Full of Wonder

An ode to the bond of humans and trees, this rhyming book is a magical tribute to the wondrous presence of trees in our lives. Not only will little ones feel a sense of protectiveness for these sacred leafy beings, but they will love the glowing pictures and engaging worksheets included.

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Angela Ferraro-Fanning

Little Homesteader: A Fall Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom

This quintessential fall read has all you need to get into the change-of-seasons spirit! It features nature-based crafts, delicious baking recipes, and gardening projects all with an eco-friendly focus.

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Dawn Casey

Apple Cake: A Gratitude

Fall—and this enchanting picture book— reminds us of all we have to be grateful for like apples, hazelnuts, and sweater-weather. Make sure you try with your little one the scrumptious apple cake recipe at the end. You might want to even add the cake as part of your Thanksgiving feast!

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Julia Rawlinson and Tiffanie Beeke

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Sweet little fox Fletcher is worried about his favorite tree—her leaves are falling off! Follow him on a woodland adventure as he tries to help.

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Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit and the Great Fall Day

The only cutie more precious than Biscuit the puppy is your little one! And your LO will savor Biscuit’s celebration of fall activities like apple picking, playing in leaves, riding a tractor, and more. The story’s language has been ideally crafted for emerging readers, too!

Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf

Sophie's Squash

On a trip to the farmer's market with her parents, little Sophie chooses a squash. Rather than eat it, she starts bringing it everywhere. This award-winning story can be a charming addition to any fall book collection.

Kenard Pak

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Follow a little girl and her dog on a walk through the forest and town as they see the signs of the changing seasons.

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Junia Wonders and Daniela Volpari

The Roll-Away Pumpkin

When Marla's pumpkin rolls away, a simple and sometimes silly story ensues.

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Linda White and Megan Lloyd

Too Many Pumpkins

When a pumpkin-hating gardener, Rebecca, buries one that has fallen in her yard to forget about it, she must find a way to deal with a sea of them.

Margaret Wise Brown

A Celebration of the Seasons

Discovered verses from Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown make up this picture book celebrating the changing seasons.

also available in board book

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Lucille Colandro

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!

As part of the beloved 'There Was an Old Lady series,' this time the Old Lady has swallowed leaves, clothes, a pumpkin, and a rope! Follow this rhyme’s silly seasonal story and discover what happens to the Old Lady upon her latest ‘diet.’

Loretta Holland and Elly MacKay

Fall Leaves

This poetic picture book has nature's fall transformation on display.

Lauren Stringer

Yellow Time

Bright and beautiful, this story follows animals and kids as they celebrate the special once-a-year yellow season before winter turns everything snowy white.


Little Acorn

Told from Little Acorn's point of view, young children will love following along and learning what happens as an acorn becomes a tree.

also available in board book

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Scholastic Books

Touch and Feel Fall

Every page of this sensory-laden board book features different fall favorites—like leaves, sweaters, trees, and pinecones—with varying textures to explore. It’s as lovely for tactical play as it is for early learners to discover new words.

Lois Ehlert

Leaf Man

This classic by Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator Lois Ehlert follows Leaf Man, who must go where the wind blows.

Lola M. Schaefer, Adam Schaefer, and Frann Preston-Gannon

Because of an Acorn

With die-cut pages, this book shows the lifecycle of a tree and the interconnectedness of nature—from birds who nest in the branches to seeds that turn into flowers.

Lauren Long

Otis and the Scarecrow

The new scarecrow on Otis the tractor's farm always has a frown, so the rest of the farm leaves him alone. But Otis can't stop thinking about him in this poignant tale about loneliness and compassion.

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Billy Steers

Tractor Mac Autumn is Here

It's little calf Fergus's first fall, and he doesn't want things to change. Vehicle-obsessed little ones will love following this autumnal story.

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Alice Hemning

The Leaf Thief

This silly story will have little ones laughing as a squirrel tries to find out who stole his leaf.

Dave Horowitz

The Ugly Pumpkin

Poor pumpkin waits in the pumpkin patch for someone to take him home—but no one does. Find out what happens to him as Thanksgiving rolls around.

also available in board book

Tad Hills

Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin

Follow the endearing duo Duck and Goose as they search for a perfect fall pumpkin.

also available in board book

Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper

Hedgehugs: Autumn Hide-and-Squeak

Best friend hedgehogs Horace and Hattie hear a squeak from a tree as they're watching the falling leaves and wonder if they've found another friend to play with.

also available in board book

Britta Teckentrup

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book

As little ones page through this colorful peek-through board book, they see a new set of animals appear and disappear in the forest as the seasons change.

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