Five Beautiful Picture Books to Celebrate Fall and the Autumn Season

Day three of the 30-Day Intentional Living Challenge, and I am so excited about today’s intention! I am a book worm at heart, and I have a very soft spot for picture books. Working for the past 4 years as a small subscription box co-owner that specializes in picture books and art education for young children will make anyone’s heart grow fonder of a beautiful page-turner.

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Day 3 of the 30-Day Intentional Living Challenge

Today, I am delighted to share five of my favorite fall-inspired picture books that will help you gently welcome the season of autumn into your home. I have selected picture books that provide a range of perspectives on the fall and autumn theme. Some celebrate the changing of the color of the leaves, while others celebrate the kindness of neighbors and the beauty of a stroll down the street, or the welcoming delight of simply being outdoors.

My hope is that you will enjoy adding these books to your home library collection or that you will head to support your local library to check out these titles. Either way, I hope this brief list provides a jumping-off point as you curate a few new books to enjoy with your children as the season changes.

front cover of children's book - Sweep - with child sweeping fall leaves on ground

5 Beautiful Picture Books to Celebrate Fall

  1. SWEEP, by Louise Greig , Ed’s bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town.
  2. YELLOW TIME, by Lauren Stinger, Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.
  3. THE APPLE CAKE , by Nienke van Hichtum,  An old lady wants to bake an apple cake. She has everything she needs, except apples. So she sets off to market to buy some apples, taking a basket of plums to trade along the way, just in case…
  4. OUTSIDE IN, by Deborah Underwood, Outside is waiting, the most patient playmate of all. The most generous friend. The most miraculous inventor. This thought-provoking picture book poetically underscores our powerful and enduring connection with nature, not so easily obscured by lives spent indoors.
  5. WINDOWS, by Julia Denos, Before your city goes to sleep, you might head out for a walk, your dog at your side as you go out the door and into the almost-night. Anything can happen on such a walk: you might pass a cat, or a friend, or even an early raccoon. And as you go down your street and around the corner, the windows around you light up one by one until you are walking through a maze of paper lanterns, each one granting you a brief, glowing snapshot of your neighbors as families come together and folks settle in for the night.
front cover of children's book Windows - with child walking dog

What are your favorite fall and autumn-inspired picture books? Please share your favorites in the comments.

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