Ailie Busby, Alice Hemming and Kenard Pak among the authors on Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall's autumnal children's reading list
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. Reading books about autumn is a great way to help children learn about all of the beautiful colours, sights and sounds that this magical season has to offer.
Here are some autumnal books to read this week...
The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
This is a funny rhyming tale of two greedy squirrels that are after the last pine cone in the woods.
The illustrations are beautiful and the colour palette is perfect for autumn.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Autumn has come, the wind is gusting and Leaf Man is on the move.
Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows?
No one's quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.
Autumn by Ailie Busby
There's something special about each season of the year, wherever we live in the world.
Follow the children in this book as they discover and explore the unique character of autumn, through indoor and outdoor play.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south and leaves change their colours, everyone knows autumn is on its way.
Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season.
Glorious, evocative Illustrations portray this childlike conversation, saying goodbye to summer and welcoming autumn.
A Poem for Every Autumn Day by Allie Esiri
Within the pages of Allie Esiri's gorgeous collection you will find verse that will transport you to vibrant autumnal scenes, from harvest festival to Remembrance Day.
Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, this book dazzles with an array of familiar favourites and remarkable new discoveries.
These seasonal poems – together with introductory paragraphs – have a link to the date on which they appear.
It was a Cold, Dark Night by Tim Hopgood
Ned the hedgehog is looking for a home in the cold, dark forest. He needs somewhere warm and cosy to sleep, but all he keeps finding are other creatures' homes belonging to rabbits, foxes, owls and bats.
Will he ever find a snug, safe bed of his own?
Little Goose's Autumn by Elli Woollard
As summer fades to autumn, a lively young goose feels a change in the air and senses she has something important to do – but what?
The beavers are chopping wood, the squirrels are storing nuts in the ground and the bears are busy building a den. The plucky little goose tries to join in, but without great success.
She realises her wings weren't built for chopping wood, or burying food, or building a den, but they were built for something magnificent – they were built for flight...
The Golden Acorn by Katy Hudson
Whoosh! Squirrel takes off at full speed through the autumn leaves. But pump the brakes, because this year the Golden Nut Hunt race is a team event.
Squirrel reluctantly enlists her friends and is not impressed. Will Squirrel's competitive spirit take over or will she learn how to be a team player?
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
As the autumn season sets in, Fletcher is very worried his beautiful tree has begun to lose all of its leaves.
Whatever Fletcher attempts to do to save them, it's simply no use. When the final leaf falls, Fletcher feels hopeless - until he returns the next day to a glorious sight.
A tender, uplifting tale about acceptance and hope for the future.
The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming
Squirrel is so cross.
Yesterday there were loads of beautiful leaves on his tree, but today? Today some are missing and Squirrel is convinced that someone has stolen them - there's a leaf thief on the loose!
Join Squirrel on a mission to find the culprit, and meet so many fun animals on the way, while you find out how the world takes on different colours as the months pass by.