With the start of a new school year a few months ago, I am back at my weekly role at our kids’ school, helping for my third year as their library coordinator. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a volunteer position, but it still requires a good chunk of my time, which I don’t mind.
I love helping in this capacity, since my first love was and always will be children’s literature.
If you’d like to read more about my experience in this area, you can check out that section of the blog here.
Today I wanted to feature 5 of my favorite children’s books about fall. It was hard to pick just 5 since there are so many good ones out there.
But each of these I’ve enjoyed reading with my elementary age kids.
1. Fall Mixed Up – by: Bob Raczka
Not only is this one fun to read, it’s also hilarious! Its silly “something’s not right” story line will have you and your child laughing out loud. All the things we’ve come to love about the season are a bit backwards!
2. Leaf Man – by: Lois Ehlert
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.
3. How Many Seeds in A Pumpkin? – by: Margaret McNamara
An adorable picture book for curious kids, which explores skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment. This book makes a wonderful read-aloud companion to any math or science curriculum, and it’s a fun way to reinforce counting skills at home.
4. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin – by: Joe Troiano
One day in the pumpkin patch the strangest little pumpkin hatched…. Spookley the Pumpkin was different. All the other pumpkins teased him, until Spookley proved that being different can save the day! An excellent story to help teach children about how we are all uniquely created in our own special way.
5. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever – by: Steven Kroll
Desmond the field mouse wants to carve the biggest jack-o’-lantern in the neighborhood with his pumpkin. Clayton the house mouse wants to win the Biggest Pumpkin contest with his. But when they discover that their choice pumpkins are actually the same one, Desmond and Clayton decide to work together to grow the biggest pumpkin ever!
I really can’t say enough about how beneficial it is to carve out time to read with your child each day. Even a mere 20 minutes a day can really make a significant impact on their achievement in school, vocabulary, spelling, brain activity and memory.
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Now that you’ve got some great recommendations for fall reading, you can head on down to your local library or bookstore and give these stories a try!
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