100+ Autumn-Themed Storybooks to Read to Your Child

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Every morning, my girls and I sit down together and read stories. Like any home educator, there’s usually a huge pile of seasonal literature on hold for me at the library (and an equally huge amount of late fines that I need to pay!). With each new season that passes, we discover more amazing books to read.

Because we love books so much, I’ve decided to compile a massive list of autumn-themed read-alouds. Some of these are ones we’ve read once, some are ones we’ve read over and over (and over!) again, and a few are books that are still on my wishlist. I’ve divided them up by theme (apples, pumpkins, festivals, etc.).

So without further ado, here is my list of over 100 autumn-themed storybooks:

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Our favourites:

  • Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson – This book is the sweet story of a girl who gets up early with her family to pick apples at a nearby farm. It’s one of our absolute favourite storybooks.
  • Apples by Gail Gibbons – This nonfiction book teaches children about the different types of apples. My children love this book.
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman – This book should be on everyone’s shelf. What do you do when you want an apple pie but the market is closed? You travel the world to gather the perfect ingredients and then you bake the perfect pie. You can view our literature study and activities here.

On our wishlist:

  • Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington – After taking a trip to an apple farm this year, I’m really excited to read this story about an apple farmer to my girls. I was especially happy when I read that there are recipes included. I have a feeling that my middle daughter is going to love this one!


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Back to School

Our favourites:

  • Hands as Warm as Toast by Lisa Himle – This story is the absolute sweetest! When Libby doesn’t want to leave her mother’s side on the first day of kindergarten, her teacher gives her a very special job.
  • Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – This is a beautiful story to help children deal with separation anxiety. 

On our wishlist:


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Fall Fairs and Festivals

These are all our favourites! Who doesn’t love Laura Ingalls? And Daniel’s Duck always makes me choke up for some reason. My girls adore anything Berenstain Bears and Little Critter, so those last two are a huge hit in our house!


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Harvest Moon

These three books are on my wishlist. I discovered the first book on my local library’s website. I loved the description and the reviews and promptly put a hold on it, I can’t wait until it’s my turn to borrow it! The latter two were recommended in our Exploring Nature with Children science curriculum (which, by the way, is an amazing nature study curriculum!). I plan on slipping them into next year’s curriculum budget.


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Johnny Appleseed

Can I be totally honest? I had actually never heard about Johnny Appleseed until my daughter taught me about him this year! Fellow Canadians, am I the only one? My daughter had read a couple of these books, and after hearing about them, my interest was piqued. We plan on learning about this American folk hero next year. I can’t wait to share our unit study resources next fall.




Our favourite:

On our wishlist:


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Our favourite:

  • Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss – This was one of my favourite books when I was young, and I’m so happy to see that it’s one of my preschooler’s favourites as well. 

On our wishlist:

  • How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara – This book looks like an amazing way to reinforce skip counting and estimation! I absolutely love math storybooks.




Our favourites:

  • Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor – Because who doesn’t love Tasha Tudor? This story has such lovely illustrations!
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper – This is a fantastic story about teamwork!

On our wishlist:


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Seasonal Changes

Our favourite:

  • Good-bye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak – I love Kenard Pak’s books! The illustrations are simply stunning. After taking this out of the library last year, I had to go and purchase my own copy so we could look through it again and again.




Our favourite:

  • Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin – This is one of those books that everyone should own. It’s the most amazing story about not judging people by their outward appearance. We first read it several years ago, and made beautiful memories doing activities related to the book. You can read all about it here.


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Other Goodies



Novels/Chapter Books

  • Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost – This book from Candlewick Press is a beautiful story about love and loss.
  • Back to School with Betsy by Carolyn Haywood – This was one of the first novels I read aloud to my children. We stumbled across the Betsy series at a used book sale, and fell in love. We love these simple, sweet stories. 
  • The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr – This book is also featured in our article, “25 Favourite Chapter Books to Read Aloud.” You can read the description by clicking here
  • The Imagination Station: Problems in Plymouth by Marianne Hering and Marshall Younger – The Imagination Station series is a brilliant living history series. It’s a Christian series in the same vein as the Magic Treehouse books. My oldest daughter has learned more from this series than from any textbook-based lesson we’ve ever done. In fact, because this series helped us discover the beauty of a literature-based history curriculum, we’ve decided to make living books the core of our history studies this year. You can read about that and view our booklist here.

These novels are all books that my oldest daughter recommends.

What are YOUR favourite fall books? Feel free to share in the comment section below!

100+ Autumn Storybooks to Read to Your Child. This massive book list is organized by themes (apples, pumpkins, harvest festivals, back to school, etc.).

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