Even though summer is still in full swing, many parents are already planning for the changes that will happen in the fall. School starts up again for many people and the weather begins to cool down. These books are perfect for reading together under a cozy blanket as soon as autumn rolls around. 


Leaves by David Ezra Stein

This board book tells the story of a young bear who is experiencing fall for the first time. It’s perfect for the youngest of readers who can’t get into a complex story with too much text. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is a sweet reminder that change is a part of life. 


In November by Cynthia Rylant

The changing seasons affect us all, and in this book humans, animals, and nature all react to the upcoming autumn weather. Trees change color, animals store food and prepare to hibernate, and families gather together to celebrate the holidays. This book is cozy and perfect for Thanksgiving.


Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

This book is a favorite of early childhood educators. The beautiful real images and die-cuts of leaves help the reader truly appreciate the beauty of autumn. The story will take you on an engaging journey where leaves travel with the wind. It leaves plenty of room for imagination, making it perfect for children of all ages. 


Sweep By Louise Greig

This book does a wonderful job of showcasing the magic of fall and the power of our emotions at the same time. The fall leaves in the story are a powerful metaphor for the protagonist’s bad mood and provide a relatable way for children to earn about anger and frustration. It’s a book you’ll want to read again and again. 


Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

This beautifully illustrated book is about a girl taking a walk at the end of summer. As the protagonist makes her way through the book, she teaches the reader about how warm summer days change into shorter chilly ones. Readers get to see how nature prepares itself for seasonal changes perfectly.