Autumn has always been magical for me. Since I grew up in the Philippines where we only have summer and rainy season, the colors of autumn have always fascinated me. Eight and a half years ago, I moved to Japan to pursue my graduate studies and that’s when my love for autumn started. Every year, seeing the transformation of the trees still amazes me. It just never gets old.

As I become a parent, this love for autumn is evident by the amount of autumn books that we read! I start putting the books out after autumn equinox and pair them with unit studies and art activities.

Here are the list of books that we are reading this season. I’ve categorized them according to topics. 

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Books about pumpkins


The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis-recent library find, a funny one that Mister 6 loves

From seed to pumpkin-very informative, great for pumpkin unit studies

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White– a heartwarming story; its very wordy so recommended for kids 5+yo

Books about apples


Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie– a fun book about Amelia baking his first apple pie

How to make an apple pie and see the world– One of Mister Six’s fave; I love that different countries are introduced in this book

Red are the Apples– a book about harvest, beautifully illustrated

How do apples grow– a very informative book about apples; great for apple unit study

Up,Up,Up! Its Apple Picking Time-about a boy and his family’s apple picking adventure

Our Apple Tree– story about the life cycle of an apple told by 2 kids

Books about leaves


Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert-such a beautifully illustrated book and can inspire a lot of extended art activities

Why do leaves change color?-for the curious mind!

Fletcher and the falling leaves-such a heartwarming story about a dog who is worried about the falling leaves of its favorite tree

We’re going on a leaf hunt-fun book, nice to bring on your nature walk

Books all about the autumn season

Autumn Season

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn– such a classic, discusses the transition to autumn

Autumn by Gerda Muller-wordless, beautifully illustrated, great for toddlers!

The Reason for Seasons by Gail Gibbons– not just for autumn, this book explains all the seasons

I know its Autumn by Eileen Spinelli– another book telling the signs that autumn has started

The Year at Maple Hill Farm– a book about farm animals, and what happens on a farm monthly

The Four Seasons- a book about a cherry tree through all the seasons

Let it Fall-about kids enjoying the color change of the leaves and all the autumn activities

Now It’s Fall-great for toddlers with tabs that you can pull to show the changes in the season

The tiny seed by Eric Carle-life cycle of a seed that starts from autumn

I know that’s a lot of books! These are books that we’ve accumulated through the years so it doesn’t mean you have to have the same amount of books in your shelves. If you’re gonna get just a few from our list, our all time faves are the following:

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Autumn by Gerda Muller

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie

How to make an apple pie and see the world

Red are the Apples

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

I hope that your family will still be able to enjoy Autumn despite all that is going on in the world this year. If you can’t go outside as much as you’d like to, I hope these books will still make you feel all the autumn vibes and make you spend more time with your kids! Happy reading!♥️