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Fall Books for Kids: 2010

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 22, 2009

Fall, Autumn, or whatever you prefer to call this lovely season, is here (well, officially at 11:09pm).

With such an obvious visual change as leaves changing colors and falling to the ground, these picture books are some of our Autumn favorites:

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED SOME LEAVES

by Lucille Colandro

Publisher’s synopsis: That wild old lady is back swallowing fall-themed items. What can you make from leaves, clothes, a pumpkin, and rope? That’s right, a scarecrow!

Cartwheel Books | August 1, 2010 |  Ages 4-8 | 32 pages

Add this book to your collection: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves


by Jonathan Emmett (Author), Caroline Jayne Church (Illustrator)

Publisher’s synopsis: When he wakes up one morning to find that his home tree is changing, the little squirrel is scared! Why are all the leaves falling off?

Quickly he corrals his sister and they gather up the leaves in colorful pawfuls. But try as they may to stick them back on the branches, it’s hopeless: Yellow, orange, red, and brown, all the leaves keep falling down!

It’s only when their wise mama explains what happens in autumn that the two little squirrels understand the seasons are changing. Green leaves will sprout anew in spring!

The Chicken House | August 1, 2009 |  Ages 4-8 | 32 pages

Add this book to your collection: Leaf Trouble



by Patrick McDonnell

Publisher’s synopsis: When a little bird awakens to find that all of his friends and family have gone south for the winter, it takes a surprising friendship with Mooch the cat to help him find his way. This is a wordless and profoundly moving story–by the creator of the beloved comic strip Mutts–that explores being lost and found, crossing boundaries, saying goodbye, and broadening horizons.

Little, Brown Young Readers | September 1, 2008 |  Ages 4-8 | 48 pages

Add this book to your collection: South


by Carin Berger

Publisher’s synopsis: As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf thinks, I’m not ready yet.

As the seasons change all around, Little Yellow Leaf holds on to the tree. Still not ready.

Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready?

This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown—and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.

Greenwillow Books | August 26, 2008 |  Ages 3-6 | 40 pages

Add this book to your collection: The Little Yellow Leaf


by Leo Lionni

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: While a farmer tends his field of wheat, six hungry crows watch and wait in a nearby tree. When the wheat ripens, the farmer builds a scarecrow to frighten them off, but these ingenious crows are not so easily scared. Bringing this original fable to life with brilliant collages, Leo Lionni deftly draws parallels between animal and human behavior that children can readily appreciate. And once again he shows us that compromise can work magic.

Add this book to your collection: Six Crows

Leave us a comment: Share your favorite “leafy” story.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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