They say a child should have heard five hundred read-aloud books before entering kindergarten. It’s from hearing, looking and following along as an adult reads that a child learns the basics of books. They see that words move from top to bottom and left to right. They see those squiggles on the page translate into words and that the words have meanings. They begin to pick up the rhythms of words and the fact that letters make up the words. They learn that words can convey emotions and that stories can be funny, sad or exciting. Reading aloud to young children is a must. And once they start school, there’s no reason to stop read-aloud times. Nothing encourages growth in reading skills more than interacting with books from a wide variety of genres.

Picture books for young children are typically about 32 pages long. There are few if any

chapters, and the pictures carry much of the meaning. Because of this, you will usually find rich, colorful pictures which can be scanned and examined by reader and child for even more enjoyment as the book is read. Typ ica I fa II to pies for picture boo ks a re the outdoors: leaves, pumpkins, apples, changes in weather and gathering in the harvest. You can expect to see illustrations that are both beautiful and informative. The following are some excellent examples of fall pidure books that your children from babies up to age five will love. Some of these books are part of a series on the seasons and most are from well-known children’s authors and illustrators. They are a lovely way to spend an afternoon with your child.


Fall by Maria Ruis

It’s Fall by Linda Glaser

The Autumn Equinox by Ellen Jackson


Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Red Leaf, Yellowleafby Lois Ehlert

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert


The Pumpkin Patch by Elizabeth Berg

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor


Hello Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher

Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall WaltzoftheScarecrowby Constance W. George Picking Apples and Pumpkins by A my Hutchings The Little Scarecrow Boy by M.W. Brown

The Seasons of Amo/d’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

These and many other beautiful fall books wait for you at your local library or bookstore.

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