Answering your toddler’s questions about autumn can be tough. You want to help their learning. And you don’t want to give them the wrong answers. But there are some concepts that are too difficult to explain in a way your infant would understand. Don’t worry though. Because you can use fall stories for toddlers to help! Don’t waste your time setting up complicated fall-themed activities this year. Teach your toddler about this season with the best books instead.
I previously wrote about a fall scavenger hunt and how you can do this with young toddlers. Completing one with my toddler got me thinking about other ways I could teach him about fall.
He loves books. So do I. So I thought sharing some fall-themed children’s books would help. It’s also on our fall bucket list printable.
I looked for the best ones I could and made a book list. Then I used it to borrow them from our local library and bought some from Amazon too.
The list has the most popular autumn picture books that will delight and excite your toddler. They include key concepts like harvest, leaves, pumpkins, apples, and more!
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Fall Stories for Toddlers
What Can You See in Autumn? By Slan Smith
This nonfiction book about fall has beautiful real-life pictures. They cover the whole season. From bonfires to pumpkins. Apples to animals.
The repetitive sentences will have your toddler reading aloud before the end of the book. There’s also a fun, fall quiz at the end.
Touch and Feel Fall by Scholastic
This interactive book is ideal for reading to toddlers who won’t sit still. The colourful touch and feel pages will keep them interested.
And they’re a nice way to help them to learn key words about the season.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Follow a little girl as she walks through the woods saying hello to the things she sees. The different animals and things respond by telling her more about themselves.
For example, the beavers tell her how they’re making cozy nests to get ready for the colder weather.
This cute book will help your toddler understand the change from summer to autumn.
Fall Stories About Autumn Leaves
Leaves falling from the trees is the most noticeable change for your toddler. Explore this concept with these great autumn read alouds.
Leaf Man by Louis Ehlert
A leaf man’s got to go where the wind blows. Follow him on his journey as it takes him all over.
This clever picture book will spark fun conversations.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Follow the children as they collect colourful leaves from different trees. But what will they do when they discover something unexpected in a bush? Fans of the popular book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will love this book. It uses the same structure.
Fall Mixed Up by Robert Raczka
Have fun reading this unique book with your toddler or preschooler.
Then go back and see if you can correct all the mistakes in the words and pictures.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher, the fox starts to worry when he notices the world around him changing. When he sees his favourite tree losing its leaves, he tries his hardest to help it.
Will Fletcher be able to save the tree?
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
It’s Bear’s first autumn and everything is going well. Until… the first leaf falls. Watch Bear as he tries his hardest to catch the leaves and put them back on the trees!
The simple text in this board book makes explaining seasons with your 1 or 2 year old easy.
Autumn Picture Books About Pumpkins and Apples
Pumpkins and apples are two other autumn favorites. Here are some fall stories for toddlers to teach them more about them.
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Join the little girl as she visits the farm to pick apples and pumpkins. Watch her carve her pumpkin to make a Jack-o-Lantern and give out the apples to trick or treaters.
This book is great for preparing 1 year olds for Halloween or the first trip to a pumpkin patch.
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry
Follow the pumpkin as he rolls down the street and tries to find his way home.
This autumn picture book is also a song. Sing it using the tune of Incy Wincy Spider.
You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshall
Show your toddler (or baby) how much you love them with this cute Halloween book.
The short but sweet story can also be sung to the tune of the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Fall Stories About Animals
Autumn is a busy time of year for animals. Here are some fall themed children’s books that show little ones what they get up to.
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Squirrel can’t join his other animal friends to eat and play. He’s far too busy preparing for winter.
This sweet, repetitive story will have your toddler joining in.
Have fun finding the second busy squirrel working away on every page too!
The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley
Isaac the hedgehog likes being on his own. But when an apple gets stuck to his spikes, he has no choice but to ask for help.
He soon learns that having a friend is better than being all alone.
It was so hard to choose from these popular stories for my 1 year old. In the end, I chose:
- The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri because we have lots of squirrels in the garden. He thinks they are birds though! Ha!
- Leaves by David Ezra Stein because it’s a simple way to learn about the leaves falling from the trees
- The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry because he loves music. So listening to the song and looking at the pictures will keep him interested.
If you liked these fall stories for toddlers, why not download the free book list printable. It’ll help you keep track of the books you’ve read. And it will remind you of which ones to look for at the library and make searching for them a breeze.