Fall Books for Kids: Read Alouds for Elementary Teachers

These fall books for kids are great read alouds for the months of September, October, and November. Your elementary students will love listening to and discussing these fall read alouds as a class. You may also find these first day of school books, back to school read alouds, Grandparents Day books, books about apples, September 11 books, and Constitution Day read alouds helpful. They are other great choices for Autumn read alouds! Check out the fall books below!

4 Fall Books for Kids

Below are 4 great fall books for kids.

1. Little Tree by Loren Long

In the story Little Tree, Little Tree lives in a forest surrounded by other trees. He enjoys hearing the morning dove sing and the squirrels climbing his branches. When fall comes, the trees’ leaves start to change color. Eventually, the other trees begin to drop their leaves. Little Tree holds onto his leaves tight. He is nervous about what will happen when he drops his leaves. Little Tree keeps his leaves through the winter. When spring comes, the other trees start to grow new leaves, while Little Tree keeps his old, brown leaves.

The seasons continue to change and Little Tree keeps his original leaves. The other trees have grown big and strong. The squirrels and morning dove sit in their branches. Little Tree is still very small and can no longer feel the sunlight. He remembers how he used to be the same as the other trees. When he finally begins to let go of his leaves, Little Tree is able to grow and change like the others. This is one of the sweetest fall books for kids!

Little Tree book coverFletcher and the Falling Leaves worksheet

2. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

In the book Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, fall has made its way to the forest and the trees are starting to change. Fletcher, a young fox, is very concerned about what is happening to his tree. The leaves have turned brown and dry. When the wind blows, leaves start to fall off the tree. Fletcher tries to help the tree by tying the leaf back onto the branch, but it doesn’t work.

As the wind continues to blow, more and more leaves fall off the tree. Fletcher gets upset when some of the forest animals start taking the leaves for their nests. Soon enough, his tree is bare despite Fletcher’s efforts to save the leaves. When he wakes up early one morning, he finds the tree covered in icicles looking more beautiful than ever. This sight helps him to go back to his den and stop worrying.

3. Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli

Little Boo is the story of a small pumpkin seed who just wants to be scary! He tries to scare leaves, a grub, and snowflakes with no success. As winter comes, the wind tells the seed that it is not time to scare just yet, he must be patient. She buries him in the dirt and the seed sleeps through the winter. He awakes to find that he has a sprout, but the wind reminds him to be patient. As he continues to grow from a seed, to a flower, and to a fruit, he is anxious to start scaring. The wind is always there to remind him it is not time yet. Finally, the seed has grown into a pumpkin. He is picked from the field and taken inside. Before long, he has been turned into a jack o’lantern and tries to scare a cat. The wind encourages him and tells him to keep trying. Finally, the pumpkin that used to be a seed was ready to be scary. This is one of the fall books for kids that is perfect for the month of October.

Little Boo book coverGoodbye Summer, Hello Autumn worksheet

4. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

In the story Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, a young girl is going on a walk through her community. She notices the new winds that are cool, making the trees move in the wind. Animals are preparing for the colder weather as they search for food and make homes. The girl notices the changes in plants, some of them are blooming for the first time, changing color, or reaching for the last bit of sunlight.

The wind has started to blow the leaves off of the trees. These leaves have changed color too: Red, brown, gold and yellow. As the season changes, there is less daylight. The sun sets earlier and summer is coming to an end.

This is one of the best fall books for kids for starting a conversation with students about the changing seasons. 

If you are looking for resources that go with these autumn books for kids, then click the images below. These book companion resources are based on these autumn children’s books and includes tons of printable and digital resources you can use with your students. They are part of my Starts With a Story collection.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves book companionGoodbye Summer, Hello Autumn book companionLittle Boo book companionLittle Tree book companion

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