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Happy Thanksgiving for all of you reading this who celebrated today. Fall is by far my favorite season – the colors, the changes in nature, the celebrations. I love to stock up on Fall books for the classroom and have collected many favorites over the years. Here are a few of my favorites:
Fall Leaves – Loretta Holland
Wow – this new book is beautiful and innovative! The artwork is stunning – bright, vibrant yet almost hypnotic. The book is part poem, part play on words and part scientific facts. The text can be read on two levels: each page has two large words, like “Flowers leave” “Birds Leave,” “Leaves Twist,” and “Fall Leaves.” , so the book can be shared with younger children like a poem. Then a few sentences that give more scientific explanations for older students. This book would be great for inviting questions – questions about words, happenings, meanings. A must have for your fall collection!
Winter is Coming – Tony Johnston
Another newly released title, this book is among my favorite new fall books. The illustrations are stunning and I love the quietness of this book. The girl in this book is an observer and I love how she sits quietly and observes the changes around her one fall day, recording what she sees in her notebook. Lots of references to the changes in the season and to animals preparing for winter. A perfect book to inspire your students to go outside, sit quietly, and record what they see around them.
Awesome Autumn – Bruce Goldstone
This amazing book came out last year and I’m excited to be able to share it again. It is a colorful celebration of the season, focusing on all aspects of the season – clothing, food, different types of leaves, celebration and a great section on the senses – sights, sounds, smells and feelings of fall. The photographs are bright and colorful and includes fun facts and activities. Lots of great classroom connections with this book!
In November – Cynthia Rylant
This has long been one of my favorite books to share with students in fall by one of my all time favorite authors. A perfect anchor book for visualizing and for modeling creating images through the senses. Cynthia Rylant describes the changes in nature and the connection to family and beautifully captures the beauty and the blessings of fall.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves – Julia Rawlinson
While many of the books on my list focus more on the observations and descriptions of fall, this book actually tells an adorable story! Fletcher is worried when all the leaves begin to fall off the tree and does everything he can to help, promising the tree he will somehow get them back on. But when every last leaf falls off, Fletcher is discouraged. Love the surprise wintery ending and the joy it brings Fletcher!
The Little Yellow Leaf – Carin Berger
A visually beautiful with a touching story. Although he is watching other leaves swirl down from the tree, Little Yellow Leaf is not ready to fall. He is alone and scared until he sees another “clinger”. This is a story of friendship, of facing your fears and taking risks. A quiet and thoughtful fall book – and the collage art is amazing.
Fall Mixed Up – Bob Raczka
This fun, interactive and highly engaging books makes for an entertaining read-aloud! Page by page, we explore the scenes, events, colors and changes of fall. But what makes this book different is the mistakes that are “hidden” throughout the book! Kids laugh out loud when “squirrels fly south for winter” and “Geese hibernate”! Clever and fun!
Autumn is Here! – Heidi Pross Gray
This book makes you want to curl up by the fire and cozy up with a blanket! Beautiful full color watercolor illustrations and whimsical text – this book is perfect for exploring the changes in nature and family life as autumn approaches. Lovely repeating text and soft rhythms – this is a great writing anchor for K-2. I love that this is one of four season books by the same author!
Wild Child – Lynn Plourde
This is one of my favorite fall read-alouds. In the rhyming text, Mother Earth trying is trying to put her wild child, “Autumn” to bed. The child keeps giving excuses not to go to bed – wanting something to eat, a song, pj’s. Younger children will make connections to “bed time excuses” but I love using it to for older students as an example of personification and alliteration. Stunning illustrations and beautiful prose. The book ends just as Autumn is falling asleep and Winter appears. Lynne Plourde has written 3 other companion season books that follow the children of the seasons.
No fall collection would be complete without a poetry book by the great Douglas Florian! His poems are playful and funny and I love his painting illustrations. I also like to use his books as anchors to introduce students to different types of poems and techniques; from alliteration and personification to acrositic and concrete poems – I will always find an example in his poems. He has a poetry collection for every season and this particular book is one of my favorites – I love to start the morning with a poem!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you found a new fall book to add to your collection! What are your fall favorites?