The best childrens books for the fall season, fall books for kids

Children’s Books for the Fall Season

One of the best ways to transition children into art-making is through a book. And if that book connects with the season, all the better. During the days when children filed into art rooms and sat on a carpet (oh, please bring these days back!), reading a picture book was the best management tool I developed for establishing a calm transition to art.

This is still an effective approach, especially if you are teaching remotely. Sharing a quick story with your students can calm down the zoom room and generate excitement and curiosity about the project to come.

Here are some Fall titles to pick up and a few lesson ideas to pair them with…

Bear Hug by Katherin McEwen

If this one looks familiar it’s because I used it as inspiration for one of my favorite projects in a summer workshop, and as a lesson inside the Science & Nature Bundle in The Sparkler’s Club. The lesson I created emphasizes the versatility of crayons. Pretty timely now, I’d say!

bear hug childrens book for the fall season

The book shares the story of a young bear as he faces winter alone for the first time. The illustrations are filled with line, texture, fall colors and of course, lots of bears.

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Sweep by Louise Greig and Júlia Sardà

Sweep had me at the cover…gold, bronze and amber leaves floating over a beautiful page. It reminded me of one of my favorite fall projects, Leaf Print Art Activity.

This book is more than pretty leaves though. It shares the story of Ed and his bad mood and how quickly a mood can escalate.

Discussing emotions is becoming a big part of many art programs and this book is a great addition to any emotion-based lesson.

sweep childrens book for the fall season
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Tree by Britta Techentrup

While perfect for any season, trees tend to make an appearance in art lessons more in the fall than in any other season…especially deciduous trees with color leaves.

tree childrens books for the fall season

Tree shares the life cycle of a tree through each season and beautifully captures the child’s interest through peek holes into an owl’s dwelling.

tree childrens book for the fall season

For the organized art teacher, there is no better book to capture the seasons and create a 4-season tree project that would space the school year. I’ve always wanted to do that type of project, but I never committed to the whole year. Pity, because I think it would be a wonderful keepsake for 1st grade art journals.

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Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Diekmann

Art Mixology Summer workshop fans might be familiar with Dieckmann’s work as her book, Leaf, was featured in Britt Curley’s presentation of a polar bear using gouache and colored pencils.

waiting for wold childrens books for the fall season

This book doesn’t disappoint. It’s an art teacher’s DREAM book – lines, shape, texture, color, and even some sparkly stuff. I can’t wait to create a lesson based on the illustrations but if you have already done one, go ahead and link up to your blog and share. I’d love to see it!

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Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

This is my second “Good-bye” book from Pak and I love it just as much. The illustrations are as gentle, flowing, and as transitional as autumn. Just about any project that includes fall leaves, birch trees or fall trees would make a lovely companion to this book.

Goodbye autumn hello winter childrens books for the fall season

Tidy by Emily Gravett

There are some books that just bring a smile to my face. Pete the skunk is a tidy fellow who insists on vacuuming up all the fallen leaves. It’s quite a chore. And with winter coming, it can be quite the problem. Perfectionists will love this tidy tale and kids will love Pete. Oh, how I wish I had a skunk project to link to for this book. But for now, I’ll share my Falling Leaves project to provide a problem perfect for Pete. Try this lesson in November for Native American Heritage Month, and learn how to incorporate the topic and project together effortlessly.

Tidy childrens book for the fall season

Do you have a Fall book that you use in your art room? Please share or tag @deepspacesparkle in Instagram so I can share with other art teachers.

Happy creating!

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  • Carolyne Thornton

    Fabulous ideas!

  • Anne McHugh

    Great resources!

  • Lisa Eaton

    I want all of these books!

  • gabriella

    it sounds good

    • gabriella

      well i like the book tidy so i think that this is a great idea

  • gabriella

    well i like the book tidy

  • Beth

    Love connecting art to literature!

  • Kathleen McKinnon

    This is wonderful! Thanks you for sharing. you are so generous, bless you!

  • K D

    In the book Tidy, Pete is a badger not a skunk….

    • Patty

      Oh my goodness…he is? My bad!!!

  • Shawna O'Neil

    Love it…great idea. Where can we find these ideas?

  • Nancy

    These are such wonderful books and art project suggestions! Beautiful books like these leave a lasting impression on kids, and the beautiful colors of fall are so warm and cozy.

  • Kathleen

    Love your ideas, art, and enthusiasm. I’ve been following u since 2007!
    Thx u

  • Ms. Jodi

    Thank you!

  • Tureic

    I came upon this Fall book art idea page the night before our first planned class library trip. I snapped a picture on my phone to take with me and ask the librarian to please gather these books for me. The art projects were a wonderful surprise as I scrolled down. Thank you!

  • Linda Dahl

    I love these books!!! As a kindergarten teacher I used books all the time to teach, now as an art teacher, I plan to do the same with some of these books I already have, and some that I’ll now need to purchase!

  • Nancy Hilger

    Thank you!

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