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Throughout the year we like to provide you with a timely booklist to inspire daily reading at home.  This month we focus on fun fall books. Between falling leaves and ripening pumpkins, what’s not to love about autumn? Our Librarian, Anne Curtin, shares a list of her fall favorites. You may find these books at our library on campus or your local library. We’ve also included a link to purchase within the book title. Happy reading!

Pre-Primary & Primary (ages 18 months – 6 years)

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, by Lois Ehlert

This book by Ehlert is simple but provides gorgeous illustrations and informational text for our youngest children.  Perfect for toddlers and primary students, Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf details the life of a tree.

Wonderfall, by Michael Hall

Wonderfall follows the story of a single tree through the changing of the seasons from fall to winter, as people, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in the leaves, and building nests. Includes blended words.

Primary (ages 3 – 6)

The Pumpkin Book, by Gail Gibbons

Gibbons is known for creating books that draw children in with beautiful illustrations and clear, factual information. This book covers  information such as types of pumpkins, the process of planting, growing, and harvesting pumpkins, the parts of a pumpkin seed, the history of this amazing squash, and so much more.

The Reasons for Seasons, by Gail Gibbons

Once again Gibbons delivers a perfect book for Montessori (and all) children.  She uses clear, bright diagrams and short but accurate paragraphs to explain why certain regions of the earth experience four seasons.  

Little Tree, by Loren Long

Little Tree is very happy in the forest, where he is surrounded by other little trees and his leaves keep him cool in the heat of summer, but when autumn comes and the other trees drop their leaves, Little Tree cannot be persuaded to let his go, even after they wither and turn brown.

Fall Walk, by Virginia Brimhall Snow

This book is a unique two-in-one.  The story takes readers on a walk through the woods with a grandmother and her grandchildren.  On each page a different tree is introduced, along with a detailed picture displaying the shape of the tree’s leafs.  This compliments the Montessori botany work beautifully.

Primary & Lower Elementary (ages 3 – 9)

The Apple Orchard Riddle, by Margaret McNamara

When students in Mr. Tiffin’s class are invited to solve a riddle during a field trip to an apple orchard, it is Tara’s daydreams that may lead to the answer.

Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic, by Steven Schnur

This book describes the autumn season, with its animals, rain, cold winds, and harvested food. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from “acorn” to “zero.”

Lower Elementary & Upper Elementary (ages 6-12)

Treecology, by Monica Russo

Young nature enthusiasts will learn these and many other fascinating facts about the wonderful world of trees in Treecology. This fun and interactive resource includes plentiful full-color photos and drawings and clear, kid-friendly discussions of tree structures, families, and foods; the interaction between trees and the wildlife that depend on them; tree and forest–related jobs and preservation, and much more. With encouragement to “Try This,” “Look For,” and “Listen For,” kids participate in 30 hands-on activities that promote observation and analysis, writing and drawing, math and science, and nature literacy skills.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North America Trees: Western Region, by Elbert Little

Nearly 700 species of trees are detailed in beautiful, full-color photographs of leaf shape, bark, flowers, fruit, and fall leaves, and accompanied by informative text. 

We hope you enjoy our fall book suggestions. Happy reading!