Thursday, November 6, 2014

Picture Books We Love :: Five Favorites for Fall


I finally got around to pulling out our fall picture books this week.  Admittedly, it has not been very autumnal here (in fact, it's supposed to be in the 80s pretty much all week), but we welcomed November with a wet Halloween and the seasonal wardrobe switch-out over the weekend, so I thought it was time.  I'm still waiting for the crisp afternoons and crunch of leaves underfoot, but I suppose fall picture books will have to do.

Sharing a few of my favorites younger crew this morning...


Elisa Kleven's Snowsong Whistling - I've raved about this one before--my personal favorite fall book.


Cynthia Rylant's In November, illustrated by Jill Kastner - Soothing prose accompanies soft illustrations depicting the quieting of the natural world and the celebration of families.


Over the River and Through the Wood, illustrated by Christopher Manson - I've mentioned this one before too, and I've also gone on and on about our love for sing-along books.  Woodcut-style illustrations set to a folk song?  Couldn't get much better.


Cynthia Rylant's Scarecrow, illustrated by Lauren Stringer - Another by Cynthia Rylant.  Here she gets at the heart of fall's beauty from the perspective of the scarecrow, watching the changes of the seasons from his perch with stillness and quiet confidence.


Lois Lenski's Now It's Fall - Lenski has a set of four miniature seasonal books and each one is charming (and sadly out of print).  A very nice introduction to the customs of the season for little ones, and her illustrations are, as usual, delightful.  (FYI: One of the little girls dresses as a "funny witch" for Halloween in this book, so if that bothers you, you may want to skip this title.  I do like that both Now It's Fall and I Love Winter include religious scenes.)

Any fall books special to your family that we are missing?  I'd love to know.

12 comments:

  1. Just ordered whatever ones were available from my library! Thanks for the suggestions!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  2. We love Over the River, too, and I just requested In November from the library. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Other fall faves in our house include Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins (at least, I love it. The boys? Not so much), Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness, and Alice Dalgliesh's The Thanksgiving Story.

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    1. We enjoy Autumn Leaves for looking at and as nature journaling inspiration, not so much for actually reading. ;) And Leaf Man and the Dalgliesh are favorites here too. But I haven't heard of Three Young Pilgrims--I'll have to hunt it out! Thanks, Dawn. :)

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  3. Good point about Autumn Leaves. Thanks for the reminder.

    Not merely fall, but another book I love that incorporates all seasons is Sky Tree illustrated by Thomas Locker. Just beautiful!!

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    1. Just added Sky Tree and the Harness book to my library queue! :)

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  4. I can't wait to peek at these, Celeste! We've seen the Rylent one before, but I'm excited about a few new to us fall titles! :)

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    1. Glad I could point you toward some new ones--hope you enjoy them!

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  5. Squanto! My kids love that book!

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  6. How fun to revisit this, Celeste! I actually have two new ones to add. Last year we discovered the darling Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and its lovely whimsical illustrations, and this year we have added Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow to our library and we adore it. And just this morning I received an email notification that In November is ready for me to pick up:).

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    1. Oh, I remember Fletcher and the Falling Leaves from ages ago at the library! I'll have to grab that one next week. But Fall Walk is new to me. Thanks for the tip!

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