Today, I am going to do a short post about the books that we are reading this Autumn. As my girls are ages 4&1 my book choices will be reflecting this age group.
I think it’s really lovely to have themed reading lists for children. Especially young children as it makes reading relevant to what’s happening in their lives right now. I love reading books about Autumn to Banana and then seeing her apply this in her everyday life: “Ooh look mummy, a pine cone/acorn/conker, that means it’s Autumn!”
Here are some of the Autumn themed books that we love
- Baby Loves Fall by Karen Katz.
Karen Katz has written a ‘Lift the Flap’ book about each of the seasons (amongst other things) and I find these books a fantastic introduction to the different seasons for young toddlers like Duckling. They contain simple, one sentence pages with lovely bright colours and illustrations and flaps to lift on each page, which keep young children entertained. You follow Baby as she discovers her Autumn world of Acorns, Scarecrows and fallen leaves. The only thing I dislike about this book is the use of American English. If you are a stickler for UK English like me, then you may decide to change the wording as you read (toddlers will be none the wiser!) So instead of Fall, I say Autumn. But apart from that, I would highly recommend this book as a very early introduction to Autumn, and Miss 4 still loves these too!
2. Autumn is Here by Heidi Pross Gray
Autumn is Here by Heidi Pross Gray is my favourite book about Autumn for Banana’s age group (4 years). It is a wonderful poetic description that describes the signs that Autumn is here. It includes repetition, so children can get into the rhythm of the poem, and anticipate the next line. And the illustrations are just stunningly beautiful and really get you in the mood for cosy Autumn treats. Again this is part of a series of books that illustrate the different seasons of the year.
3. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper.
A funny, silly tale about a group of friends, who work together to make delicious Pumpkin Soup. They all have a job, which they stick to, and everything works perfectly. One day Duck decides that instead of his usual job of adding the salt, he wants to stir. Chaos ensues, and everything goes wrong. Banana loves this tale and finds it funny and silly. I love the use of Autumnal colours and illustrations. We love reading this and then making our own Pumpkin Soup. This is a good book to use for the themes of Autumn and Friendship.
4.Ferdie and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
A lovely tale about a little fox names Ferdie, who becomes worried when the leaves begin to fall off his favourite tree. We join Ferdie’s journey of understanding about what Autumn means, and why the leaves fall. As well as being reassured that they will grow back in the Spring. Again, I just love the beautiful illustrations in this book by Tiphanie Beeke, which make you want to get outside and crunch through the leaves! A good starting point for learning about the yearly cycle of a tree with young kids.
So, there we are, these are the books that we currently own around the theme of Autumn, but would love to hear your suggestions or recommendations, as we love a good trip to the library!