As the leaves turn from green to reds and browns, it is a good idea to whip up some read-alouds suited for the season. I show seasonal books to my students as a way for me to help them learn more about it while bringing them along with its story. If you’re looking for one to add to your classroom, I’ll show you 10 of my recommended books.
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin (Written and Illustrated by Tad Hills)
Let’s start this off with a fun visual adventure with Duck and Goose. In this book, they are trying to look for the biggest pumpkin in the forest. What’s great about this is that you can point at each place the main characters look into the book. Aside from that, the illustrations help your students feel like they’re with them while on this adventure!
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn (Written and Illustrated by Kenard Pak)
Speaking of exploring, check out this picture book in fall! Unlike the previous book, this features a young girl while she walks her dog through town wearing her scarf and boots. When I showed this to my students, they were able to figure out the difference between summer and fall through the beautiful illustrations.
The Ugly Pumpkin (Written and Illustrated by Dave Horowitz)
Follow a unique pumpkin for his search for a place to fit in. This is a great fall read to students as it will help them feel better about being different from their classmates, relatives, and the community.
Bats at the Library (Written and Illustrated by Brian Lies)
Let’s head back inside with this group of playful bats. In this series by Brian Lies, it shows what these four plan to do inside a library. I love reading this to students so that I can show them more about the place. Aside from that, it’s a great break from exploring the outdoors.
Too Many Pumpkins (Written by Linda White and Illustrated by Megan Lloyd)
Follow the journey of a girl who hates pumpkins but gets a lot of pumpkins in her yard one fall day. Through this book, I was able to show my students the importance of giving back to one’s community. It also shows students the joys of gardening too.
I Love Fall! (Written by Alison Inches and Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata)
For a unique way to explore fall, I recommend this great read-aloud. Aside from the great illustrations, you can let your students touch and feel the many symbols of this season. They can learn more about wicker baskets to wooly scarves. If you are having a one-on-one reading session with your student, this is a great book to help them pique their interest in the lesson.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves (Written by Julia Rawlinson and Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke)
In this book, Fletcher is a young fox who notices how the seasons change. Aside from that, he has a favorite tree and becomes curious as to why its leaves are turning brown and falling from the branches. Reading this book will help your students become more fascinated with nature and appreciate its beauty no matter what season.
Mouse’s First Fall (Written by Lauren Thompson and Illustrated by Buket Erdogan)
I highly recommend this book if this is the first time you will be teaching about fall to your class! It follows two mice, Mouse and Minka, as they venture outside and experience it for the first time themselves. Here you can even teach your students the different colors and shapes of leaves that show themselves during the season too.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt (Written by Steve Metzger and Illustrated by Miki Sakamoto)
Speaking of leaves, you can even teach your students a new song as you read this book. This simple yet fun book on immersing oneself in nature. It’s also a great way to show your students about leaves and how to have fun with them afterwards. Help them have fun in the rhyme and rhythm in between the pages.
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves (Written by Lucille Colandro and Illustrated by Jared Lee)
Last but certainly not the least, give them a good laugh by reading this book by Colandro and Lee to your students! It features an odd granny who not only swallows leaves, but other fall-related items. Find out on this comedic journey why she does that and create a mini guessing game at what she eats next.
From bats having fun in the library to playing around with different colored leaves, there are lots to choose from to help your students learn more words while having fun in the story. I hope these will bring more fun with your reading activities this year.
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