7 inspiring autumn children’s books

7 inspiring autumn children’s books

We have a number of seasonal books in our house that we enjoy to read. So now that autumn is here, I thought I would share some of our favourite autumn children’s books to read with young children. I haven’t included any Halloween books as I’ll be doing a separate post on our favourite books for Halloween in a couple of weeks.

Wakey, wakey big brown bear. Tracey Corderoy, Rachel Swirles.

This is an enchanting seasonal story about a bear who doesn’t want to go to sleep for the autumn/winter. He doesn’t want to miss out on rolling in crunchy leaves, splashing in giant rain puddles or making snow bears. Even the illustrations and colours are perfect for autumn. We love reading this story through the autumn and winter months.

Tree: Seasons come, seasons go. Patricia Hegarty, Britta Teckentrup

This is a gorgeous book that explores the changing season through the life cycle of a tree. We love the illustrations and the clever cut-out elements add another element to the book that children love. The accompanying text has a lovely rhyming rhythm to it.

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The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

We read this classic all year round but for me, its a perfect autumn read. I’m sure you are more than familiar with this classic rhyming book. We love this book and my 4 year old loves hunting for the Gruffalo whenever we are in the woods.Autumn children's books

Millie-Mae in autumn, Natalie Marshall

This was the first seasonal book I bought my eldest daughter when she was a toddler. We are enjoying reading the series again with my youngest now too. It’s a really simple board book with lovely illustrations and a few tactile areas. The book follows Millie-Mae through an autumn day focusing on the tree around her house, what she wears for the season and playing in the autumn leaves at the park.

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Autumn, Ailie Busby

This board book is another great book for introducing seasons to toddlers. The illustrations are really sweet too. Follow the children as they have fun playing indoors and outdoors in autumn. This book is sure to get your children excited about autumn activities such as collecting acorns, splashing in muddy puddles and picking apples, pears and pumpkins.

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A stroll through the seasons, Kay Barnham, Maddie Frost

This is a great introduction to seasons for preschool and early primary school age children. Again the illustrations are colourful and engaging. This book covers all the seasons so it is perfect to dip in and out of all year round.   It talks about the type of weather, the sun rising time (early or late), what goes on in nature (e.g. leaves changing colour) and what happens to the animals (such as birds flying south). This book encourages children to wonder about the world around them. The book finishes with some suggested activities which are mostly too advanced for my 4 year old but I love that this means the book will grow with her. Finally, there are 4 suggestions for other seasons books that you might enjoy (spoiler – tree: seasons come, seasons go is included).

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Nature’s day, Kay Maguire, Danielle Kroll

We bought this for F last Christmas. If I’m honest it’s still a bit advanced for her and we would have been better getting her A stroll through the seasons. However, I love this book and we do dip in and out of it reading little bits now and then. For older children, this is the perfect book to build on their seasonal knowledge. The illustrations are beautiful and perfectly represent the seasons. For each season there is a general overview of the season followed by a couple of pages on each season in the garden, the veg patch, the woods, the farm, the field, the pond, the orchard and the street.

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So these are my favourite books to read with the girls this autumn. Do you have a favourite children’s book to read in autumn?

If these books have left you excited about autumn adventures, you might like to read our family autumn bucket list to get some ideas.

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27 Comments

  1. October 4, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Beautiful books – we always loved the gruffalo and stickman in Autumn! Oh and room on the broom 🙂

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 11:53 am

      We love room on the broom too.

  2. October 4, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Seasons come seasons go looks beautiful ! I will have to get this one 🙂

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 11:54 am

      It is. This is a library copy. Tink we need to buy it.

  3. October 4, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Oh I want to go to the library right now & get a selection of autumn books. That Patricia Hegarty one looks absolutely beautiful. Of course Julia Donaldson will always be a firm favourite in this house too.

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 11:55 am

      It’s nice to have some seasonal reads. They areall beautiful.

  4. October 4, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Oh some of these look lovely! We are just branching away from board books as I can almost trust Piglet not to rip a normal book to shreds (almost!)

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 11:56 am

      That opens up so many possibilities. Have fun picking new books.

  5. October 4, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    These books sound great. My daughter is a massive bookwork. She loves the Gruffalo – she loves all Julia Donaldson books to be honest. As do I! haha. I haven’t heard of a few of these books so we will have to check them out.

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 11:58 am

      It’s always nice to discover new books. We love Julia Donaldson too.

  6. October 5, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I love the look of the tree seasons book, I think I’ll go and look for that one. The Gruffalo will always remain a firm favourite in our house and I love reading it in silly voices! 🙂 x

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      The gruffalo is a classic for a reason.

  7. October 5, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    These sounds beautiful books and I’ve not heard of any of them. I love a good book recommendation and the wakey wakey bear sounds a gorgeous book my girls would love!

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Wakey, wakey is a lovely book for autumn and winter.

  8. October 5, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Lots of beautiful books there, but I particularly like the Seasons Come, Seasons Go book, it’s really lovely!

    • Claire
      October 6, 2017 / 8:12 am

      It really is. This is a library book but we need to add it to our collection soon.

  9. October 6, 2017 / 11:58 am

    I love autumn themed books, they are great for little ones! We have a good one about a squirrel that has lost his nuts… I need to find a few more though.

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      That sounds a lovely book.

  10. October 7, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Ahh what a gorgeous selection of books! We love reading together and I love the idea of choosing seasonal stories. The Gruffalo is one of our absolute favourites.

    • Claire
      October 7, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      We have all year roind favourites and also seasonal favourites. The gruffalo is a classic for a reason.

  11. October 7, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I just find it inspiring that some Mums, like you remember to find things themed to the season, I was never that organised. I bet your little ones love it. Mich x

  12. October 19, 2017 / 8:38 am

    What a lovely selection of books. Will have to watch out for these for the grandchildren 🙂
    #KLTR

  13. October 20, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    What a glorious collection of Autumn reads! We love Tree 🙂 #KLTR

  14. October 28, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    These books look so great. I love the sound of The seasons come and the seasons go and the fact the trees have holes in them This is a great collection of Autumn themed books and your posts makes me want to go to the library with my daughter to find them! Thanks for linking to KLTR

  15. November 12, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Gorgeous selection, autumn is such a beautiful time of year. I love the Britta Teckentrup book. #kltr

  16. November 18, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    The Gruffalo is actually the only book I have come across on this list before, it’s always nice to discover new books. Great list! Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

    • Claire
      November 18, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      I’m glad I was able to introduce you to some new books.

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