I’ve got some serious bookworms at my house! Myself included.
I took Abigail to get her first library card when she was eighteen months old. Yep. You can do that! (At least you could back then, provided the parent had a card or ID.)
By the time she was three, we had moved within walking distance of the public library. This was a stay-at-home-mom’s dream. Through my girls’ preschool years, we walked to the library on Friday mornings when the library offered story time and crafts. My, those are sweet memories.
During our first five years of homeschooling, still living in that same neighborhood, my spontaneous side would often get the best of me during our school lessons. If we came across a new topic in science or history, I would suddenly call an impromptu library day, and in no time we were out the door, marching ourselves down the sidewalk, to the library to gather every book available on the topic of the day. If the neighbors ever noticed us from their windows, we must have given them a good chuckle, because our routine was the same every time: Madeline would ride in her stroller to the library, but then she had to walk back on our way home. Leaving the library, the stroller was full of books too heavy to carry, therefore Madeline lost her ride.
Through the years, in addition to topical books, biographies, and historical fiction, my kids have been especially fond of seasonal books. Just before the beginning of each season, I go to our book shelves in the attic storage and pull books for that upcoming season. The books go on the kitchen shelf so they are available for school time or free time reading. Although my girls are now too old for most of these books, they still feel the same sentiments I do when I read them to little brother.
“Aww, I remember that Pooh book!”
“Scarecrow’s Hat! That was my favorite!”
They still have most of these memorized word for word.
BOOKS ABOUT FALL IN GENERAL:
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Elbert (perfect for a leaf study)
The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown (not necessarily about fall, but it teaches diligence and persistence.)
Leaf Season by Quinlan B. Lee
Apple-Picking Day by Samantha Brooke
Disney’s Pooh and the Falling Leaves (from Winnie the Pooh: The Four Seasons.)
BOOKS ABOUT PUMPKINS:
County Fair by Laura Ingalls Wilder (adapted from Farmer Boy, one of our favorite Little House Books! The kids always loved hearing how Almanzo grew a milk-fed pumpkin)
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer (Great for a pumpkin study.)
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
“CUTE” BOOKS ABOUT THANKSGIVING:
The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing (We love this one because it mentions fun times with cousins and grandparents.)
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale (very cute, very silly)
The Little Engine That Could Saves the Thanksgiving Day Parade by Watty Piper (Wilton asked for this book last year because he enjoys the classic The Little Engine That Could.)
HISTORICAL BOOKS ABOUT THANKSGIVING:
The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene (a poem, beautifully illustrated by Susan Gaber)
Beyond Turkey by Debbie Herman and Ann D. Koffsky (The story of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving, illustrated in watercolor. Includes for children: recipes, activities, crafts, and games. We have enjoyed this book for so many years! Our Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe comes from this book.)
If You Lived at the Time of Squanto by Anne Kamma (Wow! So much here for children to learn about the life of a Wampanoag child.)
Mary of Plymouth by James Otis
Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret B. Pumphrey (By far, the best Pilgrim book for children I’ve ever read. It includes so many historical details leading up to the voyage of the Mayflower that other books fail to mention. A must read for all families!)
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Lousia May Alcott (Think Little Women–Need I say more? My girls and I love this heartwarming story. I received a free printable download of this one year, so I keep it in a notebook folder with the rest of our fall season books. We later purchased the movie–it’s very sweet, but not the same as the book.)
History Pockets are not exactly reading books, but I’m including these two—Life in Plymouth Colony and Colonial America—because they both cover the Pilgrims. They are hands-on portfolio projects. We’ve used so many of these through the years that I think I’ll give them their own post soon. The whole collection covers time periods in history from Ancient Civilizations to Westward Expansion. History Pockets have been one of our favorite school materials!
In addition to these books pictured, there are many more we’ve enjoyed from the library including Eating the Plates, Too Many Pumpkins, several biographies on individual Pilgrims, period clothing/fashion books, and soooo many more. I just can’t list them all!
What are your favorite fall children’s books? I’m always up for new material!!