Fall is Here! Favorite Seasonal Books for Children

Fall is here!  Sweater weather, apple cider, cozy evenings by the fire, blustery afternoons – we’ve got the books for it thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.  Young readers can get in the fall feeling with our favorite seasonal picture books that celebrate the feeling of community we’re so thankful for.

Fall FriendsLittle Elliott, Fall Friends
Why We LOVE this Book:
The characters along with the story are fun and enchanting. We are in love with Little Elliott the Elephant. This story portrays the beautiful season of fall and New England as well as the beauty of friendship.

Story Recap:  It’s autumn in the Big City! Little Elliot and Mouse love the hustle and bustle of the city streets. But sometimes it feels like there are too many people, too many noises―just too much! The best friends decide to get out of town for a vacation in the countryside. There, they’ll discover the sights and smells of autumn in the country. Everything is more fun when shared with a friend!

hedgehugsHedgehugs:  Autumn Hide and Squeak
Why We LOVE this Book:
Horace and Hattie are fun loving hedgehogs that you want to go outside and play with anytime of year. They show the fun of the season, the many autumn wonders and that there is always room for another friend.

Story Recap: Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs and the very best of friends. Together they make shadow puppets, follow slimy snail trails, and search for spider webs. One autumn day they are watching the leaves fall from the trees when they hear a squeak . . . Could it be a new friend to play with?

goodbye autumnGoodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
Why We LOVE this Book:
Gorgeous illustrations and lyrical writing bring this book to life as the seasons change from autumn to winter. Explains the concept of changing seasons in a way children can understand and enjoy.

Story Recap: As leaves fall from their trees, animals huddle against the cold, and frost creeps across windows, everyone knows―winter is on its way!

Join a brother and sister as they explore nature and take a stroll through their twinkling town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the setting sun to curious deer, they say goodbye to autumn and welcome the glorious first snow of winter in Kenar Pak’s Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter.

Why We LOVE this Book:
This is a quiet and thoughtful book that you may think won’t fit well with many middle schoolers. We think you should give it a try, it may surprise you. A beautiful book about acceptance and friendship and when it’s the right time to speak up.

Story Recap: Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.