Autumn means pumpkins, gourds, changing leaves, shorter days, longer nights and every shade of orange. While it’s still warm in Southern California, we’ve (finally) been experiencing some cooler nights and seeing fun fall decorations lining neighborhood houses and local shops. The changing seasons are a wonderful time to educate your children about your local climate, region and the traditions that surround this specific time of year.

Here are three children’s books about autumn that creatively describe the beauty of the harvest season:


“What do you like about autumn?

Flying kites?
Apple picking?
Trick or treat?
Frisbee flicking?”

… a little excerpt from the overview of the book itself. Autumnblings is filled with whimsical poems and vibrantly painted illustrations. Reading this book with your kids is ‘a tumbling’ of fun!

Autumblings children's nook


Leaf Man

“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.” — About the book from the author, Lois Ehlert.

This book is special. The illustrations are created from a real collection of leaves. The story is a beautiful yet playful depiction of the fall season. There’s an educational element of this book, too; the leaves pictured throughout the book all list the locations of where they were collected. See the example page below that shows a leaf that was collected from the Folk Art Museum in San Diego.

Leaf Man children's book

Page from the children's book "Leaf Man"

Autumn Days: Let’s Look at the Seasons

Let’s Look at the Seasons: Autumn Days,” is great for preschool-aged children and up to about grade two. It’s likely, though, that kids of all ages will enjoy the brightly illustrated book filled with activities and playful text that explore the autumn season and the changes it brings.

Autumn Days Let's Look at the Season's children's book

What are some of your favorite books about the changing seasons? Do you have a favorite for fall? Please share with us.

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