Autumn is a beautiful time of year when the tree leaves change colors and the temperature changes. It means trips to the apple orchid and the pumpkin patch, and lots and lots of amazing books for kids! Here is a special curated list of 20 books perfect for Autumn that you can use for read alouds in your special education classroom this fall.
There are fiction and nonfiction titles that will be great for young learners! Use these books to engage students before a lesson or use them as entertainment during some downtime.
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These books focus on fall and the changing of the seasons. Some topics include apples, pumpkins, leaves, and more!
- The Leaf Thief is a funny book about a little squirrel that loves counting the leaves on his tree. One of his leaves goes missing and he must find out who took it! It also teaches kids about the seasonal changes that happen in the fall.
- Fletcher and the Falling Leaves is a book about accepting changes and seeing what lies ahead. Fletcher is concerned when the leaves start falling off the tree, but he is pleasantly surprised with what happens next.
- Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn is a great read for talking about the seasons. Join a little girl as she walks through the forest and sees all the changes that are happening around her.
- Hello Autumn! is a simple nonfiction text about things people do in the autumn. Real-life photos peak students’ interest and share experiences they may not have had before.
- What Can You See in Fall? is a nonfiction book about the changes kids may see in nature. I love the bright photos and simple text. The author also uses a lot of high frequency words to make this great for young readers!
5 Autumn Books
- The Very Last Leaf is a cute story about the last leaf left to fall. He is the brightest leaf, but he is quite scared of falling. Will he be able to complete his final exam?
- Apples and Pumpkins is a great book to teach children about harvesting in the fall. Many students will have experiences of going to a pumpkin patch or apple picking and they will love sharing that with the class.
- We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt is an autumn version of going on a bear hunt! Young students will love the rhyming, sing-songy book that lends itself easily to incorporating movement to reading time.
- Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn is about Pete’s hesitation with fall but then he realizes fall has tons of fun things too!
- Apple Farmer Annie is about the busy time Annie has during the apple harvest. The book talks about all the yummy things she can make with her apples too!
5 Books Perfect for Autumn
- How Do Apples Grow? is a nonfiction text that explains the apple life cycle. Real life photos also help students dive in deeper into the science of apples.
- Why Do Leaves Change Colors? is another great nonfiction option that provides students with tons of information in a simple, easy to understand format.
- The Reason for the Seasons is great to read at the change of any season. It is written for 6-9 year olds and provides them with lots of information with simple vocabulary for easier understanding.
- Apples for Everyone is a nonfiction text by National Geographics that covers all things apples. This is perfect for lower elementary students.
- Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures is the perfect book to explain the weather changes that students may experience as the seasons change.
5 More Great Books Perfect for Autumn
- A Tree for All Seasons is a nonfiction title that will go great with a study on seasons or trees. The book features real-life photos that are bright and eye appealing.
- Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie is a great nonfiction text about the life cycle of a pumpkin. It shows students the many uses of pumpkins and how great they are!
- Fall Leaves is a book that features poetic text and some pages with no words. This is great for students that like to create their own tales or to use as journal prompts.
- Fall Mixed Up is a silly book that would be so fun to have the students try to find all the mistakes! This will keep them engaged and excited to read.
- Applesauce Day is a wonderful book about a family’s tradition to make homemade applesauce. Show students where their food comes from and how to make it.
Do you have any books that are perfect for Autumn? Please drop a comment below with the titles for me!