Autumn Read Alouds for Kids

Falling leaves, crisp days, cold nights, waning daylight hours and the holidays fast approaching. Fall is the perfect time to take a pause and snuggle up with your kids for some family reading time. And if you think reading to your children is just for your pre-readers, think again. According to an article from Rasmussen College, "The Benefits of Reading to Children: From Prenatal to Adolescence," reading together benefits all ages. So warm up some of your favorite hot chocolate or try one of Southern Living's "Cozy Drinks for Chilly Days" recipes, and curl up for some family reading time.

A Fall Ball for All

The rhyming dance of this colorful story sets the stage for the annual "Windfall Ball" as the wind sweeps invitations to all the animals of the forest, inviting them to the ball where they will celebrate the end of autumn and the coming of winter. 

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

A beautifully illustrated story of a boy and girl who engage in a conversation with nature as they experience the signs of autumn transitioning to winter. A simple and calming bedtime read.  

Pumpkin Jack

This story of a young boy's first jack-o-lantern, aptly named Jack, takes children beyond Halloween and makes for a wonderful "circle of life" story as it shows Jack's cycle of life through the seasons. 

Sophie's Squash

This adorable story of a young girl who adopts a butternut squash, Bernice, from the farmer's market makes a great companion to Pumpkin Jack with more emphasis on the endearing attachment Sophie has for her new best friend.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Fletcher, a young fox, worries his favorite tree is sick when the leaves turn brown and begin to fall. Beautiful watercolor illustrations show the change of seasons as Fletcher's attempts to reattach the falling leaves fail and autumn inevitably gives way to winter providing the little fox with an enchanting surprise.

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Fall Mixed up

This "topsy-turvy" version of fall, complemented perfectly by its mixed-media illustrations and rhyming verses, makes for a fun way to enjoy the elements of autumn as children try to find all the things that "aren't quite right" in the story.

We Gather Together

This nonfiction title's lyrical prose and colorful illustrations make it a great choice for exploring the science behind autumn and the history of harvest celebrations around the world, including cultural traditions that have influenced our Thanksgiving holiday.

Little House in the Big Woods

This is the first of Laura Ingalls Wilder's timeless autobiographical series about growing up in a pioneer family in the late 1800s. The story of Laura's early life in the great woods of Wisconsin remains one of my favorites and makes a great family read. 

If you are interested in some fun Thanksgiving books to read with your children, take a look at these suggestions in my blog, "Beyond Pilgrims and Turkey."

And for some fun kids songs to get you into the fall spirit, try When It's Autumn CD.

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