After September being quite difficult for our family, I’m really enjoying this transition into autumn. We’re having a lot of crisp, sunny days and I’m determined to really slow down and enjoy the cosy vibes of this golden season.
We’ve been collecting coloured leaves, conkers, and pine cones in the park; Peter is playing with them more than his toys! And our autumnal books have already become firm favourites. We often grab a stack of them, with a mug of tea in hand for me, and curl up under a blanket to read together.
Here are the ones we’re enjoying:
In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes is a simple board book about the magic of leaves changing colours and animals preparing for winter.
Autumn is Here by Heidi Pross Gray is a rhythmic celebration of autumnal goodness accompanied by lovely watercolour illustrations.
The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley continuously delights Peter and we’ve already ready it over and over again. It’s a simple story about a hedgehog who learns the value of friendship.
Like the rest of her seasonal collection, Autumn by Gerda Muller is a wordless board book with incredibly detailed illustrations depicting the simple joys of exploring nature.
Out and About by Shirley Hughes continues to be a firm favourite of Peter’s. We’ll often read the seasonal poems and spend a long time examining the intricate drawings.
A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies is new to our collection and quickly became one of my favourite children’s books. It’s divided up by seasons and through illustrations, poetry, prose, and simple activity ideas celebrates every aspect of the natural world, encouraging children to explore and honour it.
As it begins in Autumn, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle has stayed on our bookshelf for another season.
Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher celebrates the abundance of autumn and the bright, magical light of the harvest moon.
We read a poem from Flower Fairies of the Autumn after dinner most evenings. The sweet verses accompanied by beautiful illustrations are so charming, and it’s actually helping me to identify more flowers and trees.
I’d tucked Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon away for winter but as Peter has been playing with pinecones, I decided to pull it out. It’s a sweet story about an unlikely friendship. We’ve been enjoying it so much that I decided to order a secondhand copy of Penguin and Pumpkin.
What are your favourite autumnal children’s books? I’d love to hear!