Falling for Fun: 5 Great Read Alouds

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When FishBoy12 was a wee lad, I invested a small fortune in Scholastic books. While it may not have been the wisest financial decision at the time, we have more than got our money’s worth out of this little library we built of great read-alouds. And some of the most well-loved in the bunch are those about Autumn.

I used to store the seasonal books until their proper time. Somehow we’ve gotten away from that and I am always surprised when someone hands me White Snow, Bright Snow in the middle of July. Now that we’re moving and getting a fresh start, I think I’ll go back to my old ways.

Here are five of our favorite Fall-themed read alouds:

Farmer Boy – FishPapa absolutely loves this book by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When our oldest was three and four we read through the series for the first time with me reading and FishBoy listening. FishPapa was hooked into the book, particularly when some teenagers we knew reminisced about how hungry this book made them.

‘Tis true, Almanzo’s mom sure knew how to cook. We never grow old of this story, though I have had to convince the older boys that it is NOT a girly book. And it always makes me want to eat popcorn and apples.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White is a delightful book that we discovered in the library back when the oldest FishBoy was about two. It has since made its way into our home library.

It recounts the story of Rebecca Estelle, an elderly woman who detests pumpkin because when she was a girl in the Depression that was all her family had to eat for weeks on end. She vowed never to even touch a pumpkin until one day the pumpkin truck drops one by mistake into her front yard.

Hilarious antics ensue in the rest of this heartwarming story. And you may find yourself craving all kinds of pumpkin treats by the time you’re done.

Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall features two brothers and their fall activities. The illustrations appear to be a paper collage of sorts that are quite enchanting. Paper crafters will definitely appreciate the art while kids will easily relate to the story.

It’s a simple story, but my littles never grow tired of it.

A fun extension activity would be to make your own paper leaf collage.

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro is part of the “Let’s Read and Find Out” Science series. I love these books. I don’t think I’ve ever read one that disappointed.

And Betsy Maestro is a prolific children’s writer. We’ve enjoyed all her books that we’ve read. This one explains the science behind the changing of the colors in a way that helps young children grasp the concept.

Read the book and then head out on a nature walk to collect leaves.

The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold is a cute story set in Australia which tells of a man running a foot race, fueled by the pumpkin he munches along the way. The story was inspired by a true event and is one that my oldest son remembers vividly though it’s been years since he last read it.

We did end up trying uncooked pumpkin and were a little perplexed as to HOW it could possibly provide running fuel.

Got a favorite Fall-themed read aloud?

I’d love to hear it! We’re always looking for new stories to entertain kid and mom alike.

How do you and your family amuse yourselves as the seasons change? What special activities do you do with the kids, what movies do you watch, Any fall-ish crafts, games, field trips, great vacation spots, or books to read? Tell us some great ways to kick up our heels at Daily Dwelling.

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  1. I am definitely going to have to look up those books. They sound like a fun read.

  2. Love Farmer Boy. I had to convince my boys it wasn't a girly book also. Too Many Pumpkins is another favorite of ours. I'll have to check out the others.

    Fall always makes me want to sit, snuggle and read any great book. I'm going to dive into the Ralph Moody Little Britches series with my seven-year-old this fall. Can't wait!

  3. There was a weird scary (but they love to be scared) book called "Teeny Tiny & The Witch Woman" that was actually based on some old Russian folk tales, and it was scary, a house made of bones. Yet, Teeny Tiny is the hero. I think it might be out of print, and I had to find it on amazon. Anyway, my youngest is ten, and my teen daughters dress as slutty stewardess and slutty pilot for Halloween these days – but this site pulls me in, and it's fun to relive those "5 Little Pumpkin" days.

  4. Thank you so much for posting these! I always love new book suggestions.
    Did you find that the part in Farmer Boy about the teacher having discipline trouble with the students and using the whip caused problems with your little ones? I have been hesitent to read this one to my kids because of that part (and what happened to the previous teacher). We have been reading the other "Little House" books, but skipped this one.
    Also, one other question–if you don't mind sharing, how did you get the pictures of the covers to post here? Did you use them from Amazon? I would like to do simple book recommendations on my blog, and wasn't sure how to post the cover art. Thanks!

  5. What a great list of fall books! My 2 year old son loves books, and I've been looking for some about pumpkins, fall, etc. I'm adding these to our library list! I store our seasonal books too…I think it is so much fun pulling out the Fall/Christmas/Easter books as you get out the decorations for the season.

  6. Thank you for the great book list, just finished requested some from our library! Happy Fall!–Amy

  7. Our family just loves the Farmer Boy book! We get it from the library on CD and listen to it and other classics on long road trips. Its a good book for boys, girls, even Dads :0)

  8. Farmer Boy is my favorite of that series. The romantic in me thinks Happy Golden Years, but I always fall back on Farmer Boy. Love it.

  9. I think it's the nerdy teacher in us that brings out the seasonal books. Love it! Too Many Pumpkins is my favorite too.

  10. What a great book list! We rotate our seasonal books here, too, and Farmer Boy is an all time favorite!

  11. Because of your suggestion we checked out Too Many Pumpkins and LOVE it and now own it as well. So fun.

  12. Dear Jessica,

    I’m delighted you enjoy my THE PUMPKIN RUNNER. Thanks so much for listing it here.

    There’s actually a school in Alabama that has a PUMPKIN RUN DAY, all activities related to THE PUMPKIN RUNNER. Such an honor. They do this rather than Halloween.

    Thanks again.