30 Books about Autumn and Thanksgiving for Kids

HarperKids
Sep 16 · 9 min read

Finally! The hot and muggy weather is behind us and we’re ready to dive head first into autumn. Make yourself something chocolatey and warm, light up a pumpkin-spiced candle, and cuddle up with your little ones in a flannel blanket before making your way through our favorite list of books to welcome the autumn season.

Wonderfall

Wonderfall follows a tree through the different seasons. People, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, and getting ready for winter. Fifteen combined words (thankful + fall = thankFALL, plentiful + fall = plentiFALL) underscore the themes/conceptsseason, while the main attraction — the beautiful tree — drops acorns, loses leaves, and provides food and a home for a pair of scurrying squirrels.

wonderfall by michael hall
wonderfall by michael hall

In the Middle of Fall

In the middle of fall, it takes only one gust of wind to change the whole world yellow and red and orange. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the fall season. Laura Dronzek’s paintings illuminate pumpkins, apples, falling leaves, busy squirrels, and the transformation from colorful autumn to frosty winter.

in the middle of fall by kevin henkes
in the middle of fall by kevin henkes

A Kiss for Akaraka

Critically acclaimed author Richard Jackson’s story about love, family, and the power of the imagination follows Lula and her dad as they rake leaves together on a crisp autumn day. Can Dad see Akaraka, Lula’s imaginary friend? Perhaps not, but he is willing to try, much to her delight.

a kiss for akaraka by richard jackson
a kiss for akaraka by richard jackson

Goblin Moon

Snuggle up and enjoy this impish tale perfect for little goblins everywhere. With rhyming text and Jackie’s signature style of artistic illustrations, fans of Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom and Linda D. Williams’s The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything will be captivated by this spirited story just right for reading aloud.

goblin moon by jacqueline rogers
goblin moon by jacqueline rogers

The Great Pumpkin Contest

Mimi and Clara are neighbors. Both want to win this fall’s Great Pumpkin Contest. As the competition draws closer, Mimi’s pumpkin grows larger…and larger…and LARGER. And soon the pumpkin — and her worries — are bigger than she could have imagined. Can Clara help Mimi?

the great pumpkin contest by angie rozelaar
the great pumpkin contest by angie rozelaar

Little Critter Fall Storybook Favorites

Join the classic character, Little Critter, as he celebrates his favorite teacher, attends a fall festival, visits the firehouse, and so much more. Fans of Little Critter’s signature charm will love these autumn adventures.

little critter fall storybook favorites by mercer mayer
little critter fall storybook favorites by mercer mayer

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard a noise! And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!

the little old lady who was not afraid of anything by linda williams
the little old lady who was not afraid of anything by linda williams

The Scarecrow

All the animals know not to mess with Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls, Scarecrow does the surprising thing. He saves the baby crow. Soon a bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

the scarecrow by beth ferry
the scarecrow by beth ferry

The Hundred-Year Barn

One hundred years ago, a boy watched his family and community come together to build a big red barn. This barn become his refuge and home — a place to play with friends and farm animals alike.

As the seasons come and go, the barn weathered many storms. The boy left and returned a young man, to help on the farm and to care for the barn again. The barn has stood for one hundred years, and it will stand for a hundred more: a symbol of peace, stability, caring and community.

the hundred-year barn by patricia maclachlan
the hundred-year barn by patricia maclachlan

I Know It’s Autumn

Leaves are falling, geese are flying, and warm coats are being worn to school. That can mean only one thing: It’s autumn! This book invites you to enjoy autumn’s many delights — from warm socks worn on chilly mornings to tempting piles of crackly leaves on the lawn — in this sweet, funny look at fall.

i know it’s autumn by eileen spinelli
i know it’s autumn by eileen spinelli

Días y días/Days and Days

Learn about the seasons in Spanish and English in Días y días /Days and Days by the popular team behind the bilingual classics ¡Fiesta! and Siesta. From Invierno to Otoño, from Enero to Diciembre, Ginger Foglesong Guy’s concise text introduces readers to basic concepts connected to the four seasons, including descriptive adjectives in both languages, as well as words for the weather, months, and a child’s seasonal wardrobe.

días y días days and days by ginger fogelsong guy
días y días days and days by ginger fogelsong guy

Autumnblings

This collection of poems and paintings welcomes fall with all the crispness joy tumbling run. A companion volume to the highly praised Winter Eyes and Summersaults, Autumnblings proves once again that Douglas Florian is a poet for all seasons.

autumnblings by douglas florian
autumnblings by douglas florian

Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie

Amelia Bedelia loves everything about fall: the red and yellow leaves, the jolly orange pumpkins, and most of all, the apples ripe for picking! Young Amelia Bedelia gets into the spirit of the season and bakes her very first apple pie with Grandma. Amelia Bedelia can’t wait to share it with her mom and dad, but the hungry birds have other ideas. Luckily, she always has a plan up her sleeve

amelia bedelia’s first apple pie by herman parish
amelia bedelia’s first apple pie by herman parish

Duck Duck Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin

Spike thinks all the pumpkins they find are perfect: for juggling, leaping over, and bowling! But what will they do when Spike accidentally squishes all the pumpkins that the ducklings find? These siblings learn one way a squished pumpkin can still be perfect — for making a yummy pumpkin pie!

duck duck dinosaur perfect pumpkin by kallie george
duck duck dinosaur perfect pumpkin by kallie george

Fancy Nancy’s Fabulous Fall Storybook Collection

A beautiful new storybook collection filled with Fancy Nancy’s autumn-time adventures!

fancy nancy’s fabulous fall storybook collection by jane o’connor
fancy nancy’s fabulous fall storybook collection by jane o’connor

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

When Splat goes to the pumpkin patch with Seymour, he’s determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever. But when he finally does, Splat finds out the real challenge isn’t the pumpkin picking — it’s how to get the pumpkin home!

splat the cat and the pumpkin-picking plan by rob scotton
splat the cat and the pumpkin-picking plan by rob scotton

Tap the Magic Tree

Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss. Innovative and timeless, Tap the Magic Tree asks you to help one lonely tree change with the seasons.

tap the magic tree by christie matheson
tap the magic tree by christie matheson

The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin

A fat little, round little, yellow little pumpkin dreams of growing up to be fierce and frightening, just like the scarecrow in the field. Then one day in autumn, when he has grown big and fat, the fierce yellow pumpkin gets the chance to become terrific and terrible.

the fierce yellow pumpkin by margaret wise brown
the fierce yellow pumpkin by margaret wise brown

The Little Scarecrow Boy

With words by the renowned Margaret Wise Brown and illustrations by David Diaz, this treasured picture book tells the tale of a little scarecrow boy and the lessons he learns from his scarecrow father about the world — until he decides to test his knowledge and himself.

the little scarecrow boy by margaret wise brown
the little scarecrow boy by margaret wise brown

Pumpkin Cat

Through the seasons, Cat and Mouse work together in the garden. Together, they watch seeds that turn into plants in the spring, and plants that turn into flowers in the summer, and flowers that turn into pumpkins in the fall! And when their pumpkins are finally ready, Mouse gives the best surprise of all to his friend, Cat!

pumpkin cat by anne mortimer
pumpkin cat by anne mortimer

Pumpkin Trouble

Perfect for very young readers celebrating Halloween, PUMPKIN TROUBLE is a hilarious and vibrantly illustrated picture book that tells the story of a jack’o’lantern gone awry.

pumpkin trouble by jan thomas
pumpkin trouble by jan thomas

The Story of the Jack O’Lantern

On Halloween night, we dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and carve jack-o’-lanterns. But what is really behind these holiday traditions? It all started with a greedy man named Jack, who made a pact with the wrong person. When it comes time for Jack to repay his debt, the deal doesn’t quite end as he expected. . . .

the story of the jack o’lantern by katherine tegen
the story of the jack o’lantern by katherine tegen

From Seed to Pumpkin

Now rebranded with a new cover look, this book includes a find out more section with activities such as an experiment to show how plants use roots to drink water from the ground and a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds.

from seed to pumpkin by wendy pfeffer
from seed to pumpkin by wendy pfeffer

Johnny Appleseed

Everyone knows the legend of Johnny Appleseed, the man from Massachusetts who planted apple trees all the way to California. But the true story of Johnny Appleseed, or John Chapman, is even greater than the legend.

johnny appleseed by jane yolen
johnny appleseed by jane yolen

Thanks for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, but the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, it’s great to the grateful. But what’s most important is being able to share them with family!

thanks for thanksgiving by julie markes
thanks for thanksgiving by julie markes

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons

Thanksgiving is always a big day at the Tappletons’, but this Thanksgiving is chaos. First the turkey slips away, then the bakery is sold out . . . and so on, until the family despairs of ever eating dinner at all!

It’s not until Grandmother Tappleton reminds everyone, “there is more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and trimmings,” that the Tappletons begin to improvise. What follows is a Thanksgiving like no other!

thanksgiving at the tappletons’ by eileen spinelli
thanksgiving at the tappletons’ by eileen spinelli

Biscuit is Thankful

Count through Biscuit’s blessings with the cutest pup around.

biscuit is thankful by alyssa satin capucilli
biscuit is thankful by alyssa satin capucilli

Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey

When Amelia Bedelia is put in charge of the school’s Thanksgiving pageant, things are bound to go sideways. After all, she thinks roles are a type of bread, the dressing room is where the turkey’s stuffing goes, and that a cast party happens after you’ve followed a well-wisher’s command to “break a leg!” Will Amelia Bedelia bring the house down . . . literally?

amelia bedelia talks turkey by herman parish
amelia bedelia talks turkey by herman parish

I Am the Turkey

Mark is so excited to be the turkey in his class Thanksgiving play — until he discovers what the turkey’s real role was in the first Thanksgiving dinner!

i am the turkey by michele sobel spirn
i am the turkey by michele sobel spirn

It’s Thanksgiving!

It’s time for turkey! The parade is about to start. The pumpkin pie is in the oven. The whole family is gathered around the table. And everybody wants to pull the wishbone! From Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky comes a scrumptious helping of twelve Thanksgiving poems to gobble up every day of the year!

it’s thanksgiving by jack prelutsky
it’s thanksgiving by jack prelutsky
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