One of my favorite ways to mark the changing seasons is by updating my son's bookshelf in his nursery for fall, Christmas, Easter and all the other holidays and seasons. I'm planning on doing a separate bookshelf for Halloween, because I do think you can have fun with different colors and styles for both the overall season and the specific holiday.
When I was pregnant, my mom's best friend hosted a baby shower for me, and the theme was books. We are avid readers in my house, (there are multiple librarians in the family) and adding fall kiddo books is a fun way to celebrate the changing seasons. I like to mix in classic favorites with some new titles I've found. If you do seasonal book displays I'd love to hear some of your recommendations in the comments!
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We like to add a book or two every year, which builds up a nice little library as well as advances with my son in his reading skills/interest. One way to build your collection is to buy a book a year, that way it grows over time. It can be part of a gift or just a fun way to mark the changing season. A place I like to look is at library book sales! Thriftbooks.com is also a really great resource that has a lot of retired library books and gently used titles.
Another way to make fall kiddo books feel more special is to keep them stored away until labor day, or whenever you consider the seasons to be officially changing. And pulling out a book a kiddo hasn't seen in a while makes it feel new and special. The below titles are some of my favorites for autumn, but I know the list is going to grow and change as my kiddo does! I like to mix in some that are spot on for his age, but also some that will grow with him. Adding a simple garland is a fun way to make the reading shelves look special.
Little Acorn is one of our favorite kiddo fall books. There are a lot of other books in the Little Nature series, this year they even came out with Little Pumpkin! Some of the titles are available as board books too for our younger readers. On of our other favorites of the series is Little Raindrop. They're educational and have a fun cadence to them as you read.
Here's a peak inside- I love that you can mimic the sounds, my son gets really into that part!
This book is so sweet! It's a board book with popped out characters, perfect for little readers. It's a perfect fall kiddo book and the characters are all tied to the season. How adorable is the spider inside? And I am not normally a fan of spiders! 🙂
This is one of the most beautiful books! The illustrations are gorgeous. It is geared towards a slightly older reader than my son, but, sometimes books are for the parents reading them right? The story centers around how the seasons change and watching the world shift into a different season. The goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter is also such a pretty book.
I'm partial to this one just because I loved the 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' original title when I was a kiddo! This board book is great for little hands/fingers and has some sparkle to it too. Join Mouse on his next adventure! This fall kiddo book is one your little will reach for and recognize year over year, and I love it when there are characters they can get used to.
The last two are books I've just added this year! Their target age range is a bit older, but I think they'll grow well with my son.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
I love the sweet little fox in this book! He's learning about the changing seasons and how things grow.
This book, Sweep, is so popular and I love the illustrations! It's a great book to tie changing emotions into the changing seasons, and help little ones learn how to process things.
Thanks for letting me share some of our favorite fall kiddo books! Can't wait to hear some of your suggestions!