Fall Books for Preschool and Early Elementary Learning Fun
Fall is my favorite time of the year. In my area of the nation, the leaves turn into beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows. The air get cool and crisp. It’s time to break out the sweaters and fuzzy socks. Pumpkin flavored everything hits the shelves. Children (and their parents) start thinking about Halloween costumes. Fall books for preschool and early elementary can make your fall fun!
Fall is a fun time for learning with your little ones. Why do the leaves change colors? Why do they fall off of the trees? What is a harvest? Why are the animals gathering food? And why are the birds flying south? I’m sure you can think of so many fun activities to do with your little ones during the fall that will make learning fun.
Here are eight great fall books for preschool and early elementary that you can share with the children in your homes or classrooms. They have great illustrations and are wonderful teaching tools.
The leaves turn red, brown, and orange, then drift down from the trees. It is time to go apple picking and on hayrides at the county fair. Fall is finally here!
With soft colored art, adorable children, and colorful outdoor scenes, LET IT FALL celebrates all the seasonal awe of autumn.
The Busy Little Squirrel
The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. But there is one thing he can do!
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.
With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.
Autumn is in the air: days grow shorter and nights are long. Birds leave, flowers, too. Apples and temperatures fall—then snow!
Part poem, part silent stage, this luminous picture book puts autumn on display and captures the spirit of change that stays with us long after fall leaves. Unlock the secrets of this busy and beautiful time of year as the natural world makes way for winter.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
Join three friends on a fun leaf-finding adventure! This bouncy new version of the popular song begs to be read out loud.
There are lots of beautiful fall leaves to find! Three friends have a big adventure hiking over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. What will they do with all their leaves at the end of the story? Jump and play in them, of course!
With easy rhyming text and fun sound effects, children will delight in this rollicking autumn story.
Animals in Fall
Explore how wild animals migrate, hibernate, or change in the fall to get ready for winter. This book features monarch butterflies, gray whales, Canada geese, black bears, rattlesnakes, snowshoe hares, and white-tail deer.A blubber glove activity at the end teaches young readers how an extra layer of fat keeps ocean animals warm.
Count backwards from ten to one during one of the most colorful times of year: fall. Learn about the bright, colorful leaves and the trees from which they fall: aspen, birch, maple, oak, chestnut, linden, pine, beech, dogwood, and sweet gum. Watch the animals frolicking in the crisp, autumn air as they get ready for the approaching cold winter.
The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Plant parts, Leaves-the shape of it all, What good are plants?, and Match the leaves activity.
Each autumn, just before the onset of winter, a bear shows up in the rugged woodland behind a family farm. Via his simple text and large-format watercolor paintings, author/illustrator Jim Arnosky depicts the change of seasons and the ritual of hibernation in “a beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach to natural history for the nursery set” (Booklist).
As you can see, a huge variety of books are available when it comes to fall books for preschool and early elementary fun and learning. I think that children learn better when they are exposed to “real” book. Textbooks may have their place, but books written by authors who love what they are writing about give children information in a way that is much more exciting. Check these out from your local library or pick up a copy of your own. Most of all, have fun! Make learning fun and children will love learning!