4 awesome autumn books for kids {Thanksgiving}

Now that it is November, we’re quite dug into fall.  For many of you, autumn is everywhere.  The leaves have changed color and now decorate the ground, big leafy piles ready for little feet to jump into.  Well here in the desert, it still looks the same.  Palm trees don’t change color.  I try a little extra harder this season to get the autumn feel, mostly meaning quick trips up to the high desert for cooler temperatures, evergeen forests and the first flakes of snow.  At home, we craft our own fall leaves (thank you Pinterest) and read up on the characteristics of fall.  Here are 4 awesome reads for the autumn season:

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fall leaves book reviewAutumn is in the air: days grow shorter and nights are long. Birds leave, flowers, too. Apples and temperatures fall—then snow!

Part poem, part silent stage, this luminous picture book puts autumn on display and captures the spirit of change that stays with us long after fall leaves. Unlock the secrets of this busy and beautiful time of year as the natural world makes way for winter.



red are the apples
What can you find in an autumn garden? A harvest of bright colors, and lots to explore!

Inviting rhymes and the antics of a boy and his pets promise a full day of fun for young readers as they pick out all the luscious fruits and vegetables in a colorful fall garden.

Ages 4-8





leaf man book reviewFall 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.

With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.



balloons over broadwayEveryone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade. Winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.

Copies were provided by HMH publishing to facilitate this post.

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  1. Julia Snyder
    November 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    Been looking for this very thing! I have picked up a book for the stocking at Christmas by McBoop called Whiny Whiny Rhino, It’s the cutest thing I have found so far! But these are perfect to keep the littles busy while all the cooking happens next Thursday! Thanks!

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