fall books to read with your preschooler

October 19, 2009

What we're reading this week: library books

Usually, I don't have any rhyme or reason to the books I choose at the library--I just go in, browse around and grab whatever looks good to me at the moment. But this week, I wanted to get some fall-themed books. I know I'm a little late with this, but better late than never.

I had a big list and high hopes, but I only ended up with 5 good ones. It seems a lot of other people had the same idea--so the pickings were slim. But don't despair! The 5 I did find are really good and inspired a lot of fun activity ideas which I will be sharing later this week. In fact, every post this week will have something to do with our fall theme. Let's call it fall festival week. Just for kicks.

Orange: Seeing Orange All Around Us by Sarah L. Schuette

There are actually a whole series of these books--one for every color. I found this in the nonfiction section (which I hardly ever look in) and was pleasantly surprised. It's right on Juliet's level and even though it is a nonfiction book, it is told in rhyme, so it makes it a little more fun. This book celebrates, yes, you guessed it, all things orange--from pumpkins to carrots, to tigers.
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson, Photography by Shmuel Thaler

Having recently gone to the pumpkin patch with Juliet, this was a great find. It's another nonfiction book, but it's told in a very fiction-y sort of way. (Which is my way of saying that the language is beautiful rather than boring.) It describes a pumpkins life cycle from seed to seedling, to bud, flower, pumpkin, etc. It even shows a carved pumpkin slowly decomposing and returning to the earth--beginning the cycle all over again. The photographs are really beautiful and it was a fun book to read.
I am an Apple by Jean Marzallo, Illustrated by Judith Moffatt

This is one of those easy-learn-to-read books designed for children to read aloud on their own when they are just beginning to read. The text is very simple, but I find that is really good for Juliet. The short sentences and simple words make sense to her and she really focuses on the story. I found the illustrations to be bright and engaging. This is another life cycle of a plant book, so it went well with the Pumpkin Circle.
Up, Up, Up! It's Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro, Illustrated by Kitty Harvill

This book was excellent! Maybe it's my preference for fiction, but I just loved reading this one. The story is of two siblings who travel with their parents to their grandparents apple orchard. They pick apples and then sell them the next day. All the different varieties of apples are discussed, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Pippin, etc. There is apple sauce and apple pie and cider! It's a beautiful story of a fun fall family tradition.
Autumblings by Douglas Florian

I was looking for some fall poetry and stumbled across this gem. If you haven't read Douglas Florian yet, you are missing out! He's amazing. Although, his poems are definitely more for elementary school aged children, I did manage to find a few that Juliet enjoyed listening to. He has other collections for the other three seasons which I haven't yet read, but will be looking for soon. I think this is a set that I would like to buy for our home library for when Juliet gets older. It's that good.

Okay, so that is it for what I found, but I wanted to share the rest of my list. Even though we didn't find any of these books, I am about 99 percent sure that any one of them would be great choices. Most of the authors are ones we have read and enjoyed before, so we know we like their style. Maybe you can find them at your library. Let me know if you do!

  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
  • It's Fall by Linda Glaser
  • The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
  • It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
  • Autumn is for Apples by Michelle Knudsen
  • Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
  • Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach
  • I like Pumpkins by Jerry Smath
  • Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Hope that gives you some good ideas. Let me know what your fall favorite are! I'm linking up to Bookworm Beginnings at Fantastic Find--check for more great booklists.

(If you missed my earlier post, I just changed my web address to sillyeaglebooks.com.)


Rebecca Reid said...

That is such a fun idea -- to have themed reading! I feel like right now, my son is only interested in trains and trucks and cars. So our themes tend around that (and this mommy's getting tired of it) but I think maybe we'll go with an orange theme soon because you are right: it's a perfect time of year for it! Great books.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We read fall books this week as well. One I really liked is Leaves by David Ezra Stein. It focuses on the changing seasons.

Chels said...

Thanks soooo much for stopping by Fantastic Find and for linking too! I have so many good books to read lately and I hope my readers are enjoying the recommendations as well! If your blog is all about books I'm keeping track of you!

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