Today I wanted to share some of my favorite books for celebrating Fall in the classroom. I LOVE Fall. I’m not sure what my favorite season is…but I know it’s not summer. I’m always so happy when it’s over! I do NOT like the heat.
So as soon as I can start celebrating Fall, I am ready! Depending on your school curriculum, you might not get to do a lot of thematic teaching and units. But we can still bring in festive read-alouds that hit comprehension skills!
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I love this whole series of books by Kenard Park. In this story, a little girl walks through her community and speaks with the plants and animals around her. I love what the trees say, “Hello! Now that the cool winds have come, we love how our branches sway in the sun.”
This is a beautiful picture book about a little fox named Fletcher. Fletcher is upset that the trees are losing their leaves and is worried about them. I love his concern for the trees, and the way the book models empathy. It has great vocabulary like bare, swirling, terrific, and swooped.
Leaf Man is a quirky, unique book about a leaf that travels through the forest. The fun thing about this book is all the illustrations are made of leaves. Students will love finding the “Leaf Man” among the leaves! The book also talks about how to identify different types of leaves. An easy, and engaging, extension activity would be to have students create their own leaf art and write a story. If you don’t have leaves readily available near you, you could give them photos to cut.
This is a super sweet story about a girl and her grandfather exploring the world around them. The illustrations are really pretty, and it includes great vocabulary like excellent, tender and bounty. It focuses on finding the beauty all around, which hopefully leads to excellent conversations!
This book is very ryhtmic, and each page has its own short poem. It would be perfect for a poetry lesson, and have students write their own Fall poems. “Scarecrows stand guard over candy corn sprouts. Milkweed pods open, and monarchs fly out.” This is a great book to add your library!
Many Asian cultures celebrate the Moon Festival in the fall. It’s also called “Mooncake Festival” an “Mid Autumn Moon Festival.” This book explains the phases of the moon, and is beautifully written. Including books about holidays celebrated all around the world gives ours students the opportunity to learn about others, AND helps students feel seen in the curriculum.