Plano Reads: Fall Books for Children
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Plano Reads: Fall Books for Children

Fall is finally here! Are you ready to fall into a new favorite book? Check out this book list for some of our favorite stories for young readers about autumn colors, weather and traditions. 

Whether you’re looking for a sturdy board book for baby, a picture book to read together or a simple title just right for beginning readers, this list has you covered. We even have picture books from our World Language collections, too! You can see the books below and place them on hold in our catalog. 

Board Books 

Fall by Ailie Busby
Children describe their favorite things to do during the fall, from collecting acorns to baking pies. 

Fall Is Here! by Frankie Jones 
Discover colorful leaves, friendly scarecrows, yummy pies, and all the things that make Fall so special. 

Jump Into Fall! by Gareth Llewhellin 
Rhyming text and colorful illustrations introduce young readers to the Fall season, from the colorful leaves to the smells of pumpkin pie, in a book with die-cut pages. 

Snuggle Time: Fall Blessings by Glenys Nellist 
Whimsical rhymes celebrate all the best features of fall, from colored leaves to hayrides and pumpkins. 

Little Squirrel by Britta Teckentrup 
This eco-friendly board book introduces young readers to a little squirrel who gets ready for winter with his family. 

Hedgehugs: Autumn Hide and Squeak by Steve Wilson 
Hattie is unhappy that trees are losing their leaves, but Horace and a squeaky new friend show her how much fun autumn can be. 

Picture Books 

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky 
During a harvest hayride at Pumpkin Farm, a family finds circles, squares, ovals, and other shapes all around. 

Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen 
Colorful leaves whisper to each other. Geese honk as they flock across the sky. Pumpkins listen patiently from their patch. The season announces itself in all sorts of ways if you stop to say hello! A grandfather and his granddaughter welcome fall in this sweet, whimsical story about finding beauty and wonder in every moment. 

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert 
A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him. On die-cut pages. 

One More Acorn by Don Freeman 
Earl the squirrel searches for acorns in the autumn in Washington, D.C. 

It’s Fall! by Linda Glaser 
A child experiences the colors and textures of fall. Includes nature activities to do during that season. 

Leif and the Fall by Allison Sweet Grant 
Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. “All leaves fall in the fall,” say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch? 

Wonderfall by Michael Hall 
Follows the story of a single tree through the changing of the seasons from fall to winter, as people, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in the leaves, and building nests. Includes blended words. 

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes 
Introduces concepts and vocabulary of fall-autumn colors, changes in plants and animals…and wind, which soon leads to the next season. 

Dance Like a Leaf by A. J. Irving 
As her grandmother’s health declines, a young girl begins to take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions. 

Hooray for Fall! by Kazuo Iwamura 
When Mama knits three red sweaters for her squirrel children, they venture out into the woods to celebrate the changing colors of autumn. 

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley 
A tree tells why, out of all four seasons, autumn in the hardest. 

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger 
Three friends go on a hike searching for fall leaves. 

When Will Fall Arrive? by Sanne Miltenburg 
Bunny loves spending time with his friend Hedgehog, but when he finds out that Hedgehog is going to hibernate through the fall and winter he begins hiding fall leaves in his cellar, so Hedgehog will not know that it is fall. 

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey 
Observes the aptly named fall season, characterized by falling leaves, falling apples, falling players on the football field, and falling temperatures. 

Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien 
When the days begin to cool and the leaves change color, the magic of fall is in the air. Features gatefolds. 

Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka  
Rhyming text and illustrations portray the sights and sounds of autumn, from “rakers, leapers, and corn-crop reapers” to “trickers, treaters, and turkey eaters.” 

A Fall Ball for All by Jamie A. Swenson 
The autumn wind invites all the creatures of the forest to its Windfall Ball. At the ball, they’ll celebrate the end of autumn and the coming of winter with a grand feast. 

Taking a Walk: Fall in the Country by Sue Tarsky 
Easy-to-read, cumulative text invites the reader to search the illustrations for animals, flowers, and more, from one harvest moon to ten flying geese, during a walk in the country. 

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson 
Mouse and Minka experience the delights of nature on a windy autumn day. 

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington 
A young girl visits an arboretum in the autumn to collect fallen leaves. She identifies various trees by the shape of their leaves and pastes her collection into her own leaf book. 

Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright 
Big Bear thinks that his tremendous sneezes are causing the leaves and apples to fall off the trees and the geese to fly away, but when the wind finally convinces him otherwise, he knows what to do. 

My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee 
A young girl rushes outside when the air is crisp and the sky turns gray to observe all of the changes that Autumn brings. 

Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon 
Curious about what fall is like in places that are not always white, Penguin and his friends fly to a pumpkin farm and bring back a surprise for Penguin’s brother, Pumpkin, who couldn’t come with them. 

Early Readers 

Let’s Bee Thankful by Ross Burach 
In autumn, Bumble and Bee are excited to paint pumpkins and help Froggy make a special apple pie, but when the weather turns frosty, Froggy decides to find a quiet place to settle in for the winter unless Bumble and Bee can tempt Froggy into one more adventure. 

Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season by Jessie Haas 
As Maggie and her horse explore autumn together, she takes a spill when Bramble becomes jumpy from the sights and sounds, and Maggie wonders if she can trust her horse to join her trick or treating on Halloween. 

It’s Fall, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert 
A boy meets his pet dragon after school to rake and jump in leaves, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy a pretty fall day. 

A Fairy-Tale Fall by Apple Jordan 
Six Disney princesses enjoy Halloween activities in separate, easy-to-read vignettes. 

The Fall Festival by Mercer Mayer 
Little Critter and his family celebrate fall by going to the Fall Festival, where they drink apple cider, go on a hayride
, and play horseshoes. 

Fall Leaf Project by Margaret McNamara 
Mrs. Connor’s first-grade class decides to send colorful fall leaves to students in another state where the leaves do no change color. 

Leaf Dance by Bobby Pearlman 
The leaves are falling. The air is cold, and Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy are having a party! Join the dolls for a fun first day of fall. 

Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon: The Fourth Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant 
In the autumn Henry and his big dog Mudge watch the leaves turn, meet with some Halloween spooks, and share Thanksgiving dinner. 

Poppleton in Fall by Cynthia Rylant 
Poppleto the pig enjoys the company of geese flying south, buys a new winter coat with the help of his friend Cherry Sue, and tries to order pancakes at the Lion’s Club breakfast. 

Mouse Loves Fall by Lauren Thompson 
On a crisp autumn day, Mouse and Minka celebrate fall by jumping in a pile of leaves. 

World Language Materials 


Xiao xiong shang xue qu by Jean-Luc Englebert 
In the last days of autumn, a small bear wanders alone in the forest, starts to walk away, and discovers a strange colored cap. Its legs lead him to a small school where children are playing in the yard. Curious, they invite him to enter their classroom, and the little bear sits at a table. But the teacher does not think so: he must return home and join his mother. 

Xiao xiong Bulunuo de qui tian by Gunilla Ingves 
An autumn day in the life of Bruno the bear and his dog Lola. 

Qiu tian = Autumn by José María Parramón 
Text and illustrations present such signs of autumn as falling leaves, beautiful colors, and returning to school. Text accompanied with zhu yin fu hao. 

Qui tian de shu by Wong Herbert Yee 
A young girl rushes outside when the air is crisp and the sky turns gray to observe all of the changes that autumn brings. 


Dos ardillas y una piña by Rachel Bright 
Told in rhyming text Cyril and Brue, two squirrels, are each determined to get the last pinecone of autumn, but when they fall into the river, they learn that sometimes it is essential to work together – and, in any case, a bird got the  floating pinecone. 

Fall = Otoño by Ailie Busby 
En cualquier parte del mundo en que vivamos, cada estación del año nos brinda algo especial. Acompaña a los niños en este entretenido libro mientras descubren y exploran las características del otoño a través de juegos al aire libre y dentro de casa. Por medio de los sentidos, y de manera detallada y cautivadora, estas historias son ideales para que los pequeños aprendan el ciclo de las estaciones. 

Veo el otoño = I see fall by Charles Ghigna 
Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text show what makes autumn special, from colorful leave sand pumpkins to Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities. 

Baila como una hoja by A. J. Irving 
As her grandmother’s health declines, a young girl begins to take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions. 

En Otoño by Susana Madinabeitia Manso 
En Otoño, las calabazas sonrien. ¡Queiro sonreir como una calabaza! 

Be sure to browse the library catalog online here, and use your library card number and PIN to place a hold request. 

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