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.