Books about the fall season help young children understand this beautiful and fun time of year.

“A is for Autumn” by Robert Mass, Henry Holt & Company, 2011, ages 4-7.

This alphabet book takes children through the season of fall with everything from A for apples to Z for zipper on a warm fleece jacket. The bright and vivid photographs of real objects accompany each alphabet letter, making this fall book truly a treasure.

“Apples and Pumpkins” by Anne Rockwell, Illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell, Aladdin Books, 2011, ages 4-7.

A family’s trip to a farm features apple picking, choosing a pumpkin from the patch, and returning home for trick-or-treating. The autumn setting is described through simple words and bright watercolor illustrations which emphasize the brilliant colors of fall.

“Ollie’s Halloween” by Olivier Dunrea, Houghton Mifflin Books, 2010, ages 4-7.

Young goslings, Gossie and Gertie don their Halloween costumes and join their friends to “creep through the bogs, scaring the frogs”, as they celebrate Halloween. Children may recognize these characters from other books by Olivier Dunrea, which all contain simple, yet delightful watercolor illustrations.

“Hallowilloween: Nefarious Silliness” by Calef Brown, Houghton Mifflin Books, 2010, ages 5-10.

This collection of Halloween poetry includes poems about the lone star witches, a vampire umpire or vumpire, an unhappy mummy, and the poltergeyser. The author, Calef Brown, takes a humorous look at the ghouls and ghosts of this fall holiday.

“Gobble Gobble” by Cathryn Falwell, Dawn Publications, 2011, ages 4-8.

The seasons of the year are described through the eyes of a young girl, Jenny, and her experiences in the woods near her home, as she watches a flock of turkeys grow and develop. At the end of the book, Jenny shares her journal about turkeys with readers, which includes information and art projects about turkeys, along with suggestions for outdoor activities and a guide to animal tracks.

Spend a fall afternoon at an apple orchard or pumpkin patch, then return home for a good book and cup of warm apple cider.

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