Saturday, October 2, 2010

Great Fall Picture Books

We've been reading some great Fall picture books lately. On Wednesday, I went to C's first grade class and read three of them, and then did a craft with the kids. It was a lot of fun.

Leaf Man (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))The most popular of the books that I read to his class was Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. This is the story of Leaf Man, who blows away with the wind. The narrator imagines where he might have gone, and each page shows creatures and objects made of leaves to go along with the story. There are leaf birds and leaf cows, leaf trees and leaf carrots. It's very cute and the kids in C's class had a blast making their own leaf creatures after I read the book.

Red Leaf, Yellow LeafI also read Read Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. This is the story of a tree that started as a seed in a forest, grew into a tree, was transplanted to a nursery and then planted in the narrator's yard. I like this one because it explains how a maple tree grows, how trees end up in garden centers, and how a tree is planted in a person's yard. It's educational with limited words and lots of colorful pictures.

Nuts to You!The third book I read to C's class was also by Lois Ehlert: Nuts to You. This is a very cute book that I hadn't read before. It's told from the perspective of a child who watches a squirrel scamper around the flowers and bushes outside his home. When he leaves a window open, the squirrel finds a hole in the screen and goes inside. So the little boy takes nuts out to the sidewalk to lure the squirrel back outside.

I wanted to mention another Fall book we just got from the library, so I didn't read it to C's class. It's Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall. This is another colorful book about Fall, with two children who do all sorts of things in the leaves: they kick the leaves and rake the leaves and even do an art project with the leaves. It's a fun book that gives all sorts of ideas for things to do with Fall leaves.

The Fairest of the Fall (Pictureback(R))Finally, I have to mention a princess book that M has been enjoying. It's called The Fairest of the Fall by Melissa Lagonegro. This is a book with two princess stories. The first is about Ariel and the second is about Aurora. In the Ariel story, Ariel is sad that she can't join in the humans' Fall Festival, so her friends throw an underwater Fall Festival for her. In the other story, Aurora enjoys many signs of Fall while looking for her "aunts," the fairies in the meadow.

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share! Next week, I'll share some of the Halloween books we've been enjoying over the past couple weeks.


  1. great books! I will have to head to my local library and look for these

  2. Thank you for sharing these titles and the kids' reactions to them!

  3. We've got the same princess book here

    Th squirrel one is a new Lois Elhert book to me

  4. We're big fans of Lois Ehlert. She's from Wisconsin and one year we saw some of her art displayed in the Milwaukee Art Museum.

  5. Those fall books look great. We'll have to look for them soon.

  6. We love Luis Ehlert here too, and we also enjoyed Fall Leaves last fall. Time to get out our leaf books - it looks like fall is finally here :) Thanks for joining WMCIR!


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