Autumn Stories

From cozy autumn tales to books about why leaves change color, this booklist celebrates a beautiful season. The selected titles feature a range diverse cultural backgrounds and languages. A number of bilingual non-fiction books are included that can be used for science lessons.

A Picnic in October

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9

Tony is not looking forward to his family's annual picnic at Liberty Island in October. Nevertheless, his grandmother insists that they maintain the tradition of celebrating her birthday with Lady Liberty. At first it doesn't seem like much fun — until Tony finally begins to understand why the Statue of Liberty means so much to his grandmother. Lovely colorful acrylic paintings bring this special tribute to life.

Apple Farmer Annie (Bilingual Edition)

Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Ana grows and sells apples, and she makes cider and applesauce and muffins. A glossary helps kids learn the names of Ana's delicious ingredients in both languages. With tie-ins to math and science curricula and units on autumn, this book will be especially welcomed by teachers. Now available in a bilingual edition.

Behind the Mask

Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Halloween is coming. "What are you going to be?" the children ask one another. Kimin says he will be his grandfather. "Going as an old man is not very scary," They tease. What the children don't know is that Kimin's grandfather was a Korean mask dancer. And Kimin doesn't know that the mask holds a secret for him. With vibrant illustrations, Yangsook Choi joins Korean and American folk traditions in her story about a boy who finds a link to his grandfather, behind the mask.

Come and Learn With Me

Illustrated by: Tessa Macintosh
Age Level: 6-9

"Sheyenne is from a small Dene community in Trout Lake, North West Territories. Readers will learn about diverse activities during harvest time, such as preparing moose meat and the hide, making birch bark containers, gathering plant medicine, singing songs, and telling stories…Sheyenne leads an enjoyable journey as she shows readers her community of teachers — her family — while she learns about her language and culture." — CM Magazine (The Land Is Our Storybook)

In the Leaves

Age Level: 3-6

Xiao Ming and his friends are spending an autumn day on a farm, and it is the perfect place for him to show his friends how draw different Chinese characters for words such as "grain" and "fire." The colorful, gentle illustrations, created by cut-paper collages, will appeal to young children. This book is one of a four-part series by the author about Chinese characters related to the different seasons.

It's Pumpkin Time!

By: Zoe Hall
Illustrated by: Shari Halpern
Age Level: 3-6

"When is the very best time to start getting ready for Halloween? In the spring, of course, when a tiny seed can have time to grow into a big fat pumpkin. Bright, bold, painted-paper collages capture the excitement of two children as they dig the soil, plant the seed, water, weed, and wait…On a final page, six simple illustrations and brief captions give an exceptionally clear explanation of how a pumpkin seed germinates." — School Library Journal

Los Gatos Black on Halloween

Illustrated by: Yuyi Morales
Age Level: 6-9

Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party are throwing a in the Haunted Hall! Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren't even there yet! Marisa Montes' poem and Yuyi Morales spooky (and sometimes scary!) Halloween illustrations provide a chilling, thrilling read in this award-winning book.

Pumpkin (Life Cycle of a…)

Age Level: 6-9

"These titles explain the life cycles of three plants in brightly illustrated narratives. From seed to seedling, vine, and finally full-grown fruit, the life cycle of the pumpkin is clearly and colorfully described. Bright and engaging full-color photographs amplify the text on each page." — School Library Journal

Rabbit and the Bears (Grandmother Stories)

Illustrated by: Murv Jacob
Age Level: 3-6

Product Description: Ji-Stu the Rabbit doesn't spend the beautiful autumn days gathering food for the winter like some of the animals. Instead he travels with his friend Yona the Bear to Mulberry Place, the magical high mountain homeland of the bears. On the way to the mountains the two friends encounter a hunter. Soon Ji-Stu witnesses the magic powers of Lake Ata-Gahi, which can heal the wounds of animals but is invisible to humans. As he sings and dances with the bears, Ji-Stu learns the magic of friendship as well as the magic of the lake.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Age Level: 6-9

"This very striking book examines the life of a sugar maple tree from the point of view of a young child. Each spread is a visual masterpiece; Ehlert has added elements of collage and watercolored paper that lend sophistication and diversity to her ever-evolving style.

Seasons: Fall

Age Level: 3-6

"What distinguishes these books from others on the same subjects are the vibrant, eye-catching photographs. The sentences are simple and repetitive: 'In fall we can…' as the books describe clothing, weather, and human and animal activities of the various seasons. Reading teachers will want to use this set for instructional purposes while early readers will feel successful mastering the text. Students will delight in the color photographs of animals and children enjoying the activities." — School Library Journal

The Busy Little Squirrel

Age Level: 3-6

The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down? Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn. Available in hardcover or board book edition.

Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead

Illustrated by: Rene King Moreno
Age Level: 6-9

Day after day, Lupita and Tío Urbano watch the Monarch butterflies arrive. Urbano says they are the souls of the dead ones arriving in time for Día de los muertos. When Urbano becomes sick and dies soon after, Lupita feels only sadness — until she sees the Monarchs and remembers Urbano's words. The beautiful story and illustrations bring the true meaning of this important celebration to life for readers young and old.

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

Illustrated by: Miki Sakamoto
Age Level: 3-6

Join three friends on their big adventure hiking over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. What will they do with all their leaves at the end of the story? Jump and play in them, of course! With easy rhyming text and fun sound effects, children will delight in this rollicking autumn story.

Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

Illustrated by: Loretta Krupinski
Age Level: 6-9

"This is an informative concept book that explains what happens to leaves in autumn as they change colors and then separate from the tree. Krupinski's bright gouache-and-colored pencil illustrations show a boy and a girl playing in a country landscape that changes with weather and light. There are also detailed pictures of leaves in different sizes, shapes, and colors. Maestro includes simple instructions for making a leaf rubbing and for pressing leaves, as well as suggestions for places to visit where the fall foliage is special." — Booklist