Every month I select a theme, a specific topic to talk about during the entire month. After the topic has been decided I then plan out our lessons, books, and activities around it.
Our current preschool theme is “The Magic of Autumn” with every theme that I create I love introducing fun, bright, descriptive and vibrant reads to my boys. Since they can’t read yet, I love showing them how magical reading can be, how one book can transport you to new places and exciting adventures.
This list of books will have your little readers learn all about the wonders of Autumn, the beauty in leaves changing color, the crisp air, all about Halloween, but most importantly about, giving, family and gratitude. The text is simplistic enough to hold your little readers’ attention and the illustrations are colorful and engaging.
All books were borrowed from our local library!
By Bruce Goldstone
Autumn is awesome! Leaves change color. Animals fly south or get ready to hibernate. People harvest crops and dress up as scary creatures for Halloween. And then there are pickup football games to play, Thanksgiving foods to eat, leaf piles to jump in—all the amazing things that happen as the air turns crisp and cool.
The Apple Pie Tree
Two sisters rejoice as the colorful blossoms on their tree develop into big, red, and ready-to-pick apples. This concept book about how things grow includes an easy recipe for apple pie.
By Lois Ehlert
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows. With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.
The Very Best Pumpkin
Written by Mark Kimball Moulton, Illustrated by Karen Hillard Good
Growing up on Mimi and Papa’s farm, Peter knows a lot about caring for pumpkins. One summer Peter finds a lonely pumpkin all by itself in the field, and with his tender care, the pumpkin flourishes. By autumn, it’s the very best pumpkin of all, and Peter wants to keep it for himself. But when a young girl shows up at the farm in quest of a perfect pumpkin, will Peter pass on his prized pumpkin and gain a friend? From the bestselling creators of Reindeer Christmas and A Snowman Named Just Bob.
Written by Bernard Waber, Illustrated by Suzy Lee
A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with questions as they explore their world. With so many things to enjoy and so many ways to ask—and talk—about them, it’s a snapshot of an ordinary day in a world that’s anything but. This story is a heartwarming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?
By Wendell Minor
Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country—the 2012 record-holder weighed over a ton! The latest craze is to carve the most enormous pumpkins into racing boats. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
Written by Margaret McNamara, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
For curious kids, this explores skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment incorporates elements of math and science. Counting pumpkin seeds is a messy business, but you’ll have to read and find out!
Written by Eden Ross Lipson, Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
When the first apples of the season show up in the city markets, it’s time to take out the big pot and make applesauce. A lovingly recounted description of a family’s applesauce-making ritual describes the buying, peeling, cooking and stirring; the wait for the sauce to cool and the first taste. Celebrating a fall family ritual in Applesauce Season, Mordicai Gerstein’s paintings are full of the colors and flavors of the season: red apples, orange leaves, blue skies. This book will give you a taste of all things fall.
The Pumpkin Patch Parable
Written by Liz Curtis Higgs, I Nancy Munger
This charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God’s transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Liz Curtis Higgs created this parable as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season.
By the Light of the Harvest Moon
Written by Harriet Ziefert, Illustrated by Mark Jones
As the harvest moon shines down, the wind picks up, sending orange, yellow, and crimson leaves dancing, until they settle in a pumpkin patch. One-by-one, leaf people emerge to celebrate the autumnal equinox. Mark Jones’s rich pastel illustrations bring to life the mysterious and fleeting world of a gentle troupe of leaf characters, who will warm the hearts of all readers.
The Scarecrow’s Hat
Written by Ken Brown
Chicken really admires Scarecrow’s hat. Scarecrow would gladly trade his hat for a walking stick to rest his tired arms. Chicken doesn’t have a walking stick to trade — but she knows someone who does. This begins her quest to find items to trade among her farm friends, all to obtain a walking stick to swap for Scarecrow’s hat.
Skeleton For Dinner
Written by Margery Cuyler, Illustrated by Will Terry
Big Witch and Little Witch have made stew, and now they want to have their friends for dinner! But when Skeleton mistakes the guest list for a menu, he takes off running, and soon Ghost and Ghoul joins him too! But poor Little Witch has no idea there’s a misunderstanding. Luckily there’s one creature in the haunted forest who can help everyone figure it all out. This spooky and silly read-aloud is just right for Halloween.
Written by Anne F. Rockwell, Illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
It’s Halloween and there’s a party at school. This diverse group of preschoolers wears an equally varied set of costumes’from pirates to clowns to firefighters. Everyone’s ready to start the party and get their tricks and treats, but the only problem is their teacher is missing. Where could Mrs. Madoff have gone, and who is the mysterious fairy godmother who keeps following them around? Anne Rockwell’s simple text and Lizzy Rockwell’s bright illustrations make this book a Halloween treat that is not to be missed!
And Then Comes Halloween
Written by Tom Brenner, Illustrated by Holly Meade
As soon as geese fly south, children take autumn’s cue to start their preparations: it’s almost Halloween! With poetic language and vivid collage illustrations, Tom Brenner and Holly Meade follow all the familiar rituals, from hanging paper skeletons to carving pumpkins, from costume-making to trick-or-treating. Halloween lovers will be eager to grab a bag or bucket and join them on this lively and lyrical journey.
I Am a Witch’s Cat
Written by Harriet Muncaster
In this whimsical picture book, a little girl believes her mother is a good witch—and she is a special witch’s cat! After all, every good witch needs a black cat. Together, this playful girl and her loving mom are a perfect twosome, whether they are mixing potions, growing magical plants, or dreaming of wild broomstick rides under a full moon.
There are so many amazing books to choose from, but I found these to be the most fun and clever available. I highly recommend getting a library card, most of the time they are free to residents, but make sure to check with the librarian. You must, however, have photo identification with your name and current address for verification.