Do you ever have the feeling while reading or watching something, you are reminded of a certain season or even in your life? I do all of the time.
For example every time I watch an episode of Gilmore Girls, the fictional town of Stars Hallow always feels and looks like fall, even if it is spring or summer there. Something about the quaint charm of the small town America makes my brain think of fall.
The same is true for books. To this day, I can’t think about Anne of Green Gables without referencing Anne’s famous line of, “I’m so glad we live in a world of Octobers.”
My sentiments exactly Anne!
A few weeks ago when I was unpacking our fall decor, I also came across my children’s seasonal book collection. I like to put away and store books that correspond to each season and bring them out at the appropriate time.
For example I have some books on Thanksgiving that I will pull out in November, Christmas books which I will pull out in December and books on snow and winter that I will pull out in January. Not to mention the other seasons and holidays that occur in late winter, spring and summer.
The beauty of being a former elementary school teacher is I have a lot of children’s books packed up that I am slowly able to bring out and rotate so my kids always have quality and a variety of literature to read.
While many of our beloved favorites stay out all year to be read over and over again, there is something so special about special seasonal books that only get brought out once a year for a few weeks.
Not only was I excited to rediscover them, but so where my kids!
My little bookworms love reading new books and it also helps me as other beloved favorites get put to a rest for a while. (Currently we have checked out Five Little Ducks from the library and I’m not kidding when I say that my kids want me to read it to them like a million times a day, sometimes back to back! I have that one memorized.)
As I opened our small storage bin of fall decor and begun pulling out our pumpkins, leaves and other decorations (which I’ll share tomorrow in my fall home tour) I finally came to the stack of books that were nestled at the bottom of the box.
Oh how fun it is to find buried treasures!
And that’s what books, including beloved children’s books, are to me… treasures.
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Not only do I love reading them, but I love that my children love them as well, despite the fact that I read the same ones over and over again. Nothing melts my heart more than when my kids bring me a book and say, “Mommy, let’s read!” And read we do!
Today I wanted to share with you some of our beloved fall books that we are currently reading. Fall, leaves, apples and pumpkins… these are such sweet topics to read and explore about this time of year.
Some of our books also have Halloween related themes such as trick-or-treating and referencing Halloween night. I’m not a huge fan of Halloween but I’m also know that Halloween is a big part of our culture so many fall theme books include Halloween topics in them. I’m careful about what I expose my kids to, which means I’m sensitive to themes and images that may seem scary to them.
With all that being said, let me share with you our favorite fall books!
Favorite Fall Children’s Books to Treasure Again & Again
Fall Leaves Fall! is an adorable book about why the leaves change colors and fall off the trees this time of year. I also love how the author introduces different leaf designs that fall of of various trees. It’s the perfect book to read before going on your own leaf hunt through your neighborhood.
Dappled Apples is a fun rhyming book all about apples, leaves and pumpkins. My favorite thing about this book are the 3-D illustrations.
A Pumpkin Prayer (Time to Pray) A sweet book that teaches about gratitude and thankfulness this time of year.
The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin is about a small pumpkin in a pumpkin patch who grows into a larger pumpkin. Despite all his best efforts he just can’t scare the birds away like the scarecrow. This cute story follows him along his journey to being transformed into a jack-o-lantern.
Apples and Pumpkins shares about a family’s fun day at the apple and pumpkin patch picking apples and finding the perfect, round pumpkin.
Inside a House That is Haunted I was nervous to pull this book out but decided to let me son read through it with me once. He LOVES it. It’s a book that builds and repeats on itself as the story goes on so by the end of the book both my son and daughter are able to “read aloud” with me. There are cartoon drawings of a mummy and monster but since my children have absolutely no reference to what those things are, they aren’t scary to them.
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever I remember reading this one when I was in elementary school. I love introducing my kids to classic books that I read and enjoyed! Another story that chronicles the journey of small, tiny pumpkin to a grand pumpkin on Halloween night.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! First off, we love the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series, they are so much fun! This special themed book is no different. A fun, pumpkin themed book that follows Mouse through his delightful shenanigans. My kids think he is so funny!
What are your family’s favorite books to read together during the fall?
This post is part of the 31 Days of Savoring Fall Series. Click here to see all the posts in the series.