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Best Fall Books For Kids

Looking for the best fall books for kids? Look no further! These children’s books about fall are sure to be favorites for your kids or students. Plenty of books that are some of the best selling fall children’s books about autumn of all time. Some books specifically about fall, leaves, apples and more. Check out the books!

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The Scarecrow

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing: He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons? How this book didn’t win all of the awards, I have no idea, but this book was a favorite even amongst my upper elementary students.

Get your lesson plan and activities for The Scarecrow HERE

Apples to Oregon

A list of the best fall books for kids would not be complete without at least one book about apples. When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can’t bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too. But the trail is cruel. Luckily Delicious (the nonedible apple of Daddy’s eye) won’t let anything stop her father’s darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil.

Get the lesson plan and activities for Apples to Oregon HERE


This book. This book deserves a lot of medals. Ed’s bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town. Can Ed sweep his troubles away? An excellent book about social emotional learning as well as fall.

Get the lesson plan and activities for Sweep HERE

Creepy Carrots

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. He eats them on the way to school. He eats them going to Little League and walking home. Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they? A fun creepy book for Halloween also available in Spanish as Las zanahorias maleficas.

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Creepy Pair of Underwear

Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn’t know any better he’d say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper’s not scared obviously, he’s just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back! This is the sequel to Creepy Carrots, and Aaron Reynolds actually got the idea for this book from a student who thought it would be funny to have a book about underwear. Also available in Spanish as Los calzoncillos maleficos.

Get the lesson plan and activities for Creepy Pair of Underwear HERE

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. This book was written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. This look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. This is an amazing fall book for kids that could also be great for Indigenous Peoples Day!

Leo: A Ghost Story

You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can’t even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo’s efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And that is when their adventures begin. An excellent book especially since it is also available in Spanish as Leo: Un cuento de fantasmas.

Get the lesson plan and activities for Leo: A Ghost Story HERE

The Dark

This is a really fun book to read with the lights off and with a flashlight. Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does. This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark. Also available in Spanish titled La oscuridad.

Get the lesson plan and activities for The Dark HERE

Miss Nelson is Missing!

Okay, maybe you’re wondering how this is one of the best children’s books about Halloween. Hear me out: The teacher dresses up in a costume to fool the kids into being good. One year, I went an entire day wearing all dark clothes, bought a cheap pair of glasses and referred to myself as Mr. Swamp. The kids got a kick out of it.

The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. This book is also available in Spanish as La senorita Nelson ha desaparecido.

Get the lesson plan and activities for Miss Nelson is Missing HERE

She Made a Monster

I really like this book for upper elementary kids who have probably heard of Frankenstein. On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman sat in a dark house and dreamed of her life as a writer. She longed to follow the path her own mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had started down, but young Mary Shelley had yet to be inspired. This is also an excellent book for Women’s History Month to celebrate the creator of the science fiction genre!

As the night wore on, Mary grew more anxious. The next day was the deadline that her friend, the poet Lord Byron, had set for writing the best ghost story. After much talk of science and the secrets of life, Mary had gone to bed exhausted and frustrated that nothing she could think of was scary enough. But as she drifted off to sleep, she dreamed of a man that was not a man. He was a monster.

Get the lesson plan and activities for She Made a Monster HERE

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

Another interesting story about Mary Shelley and how she created Frankenstein. A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.

Get the lesson plan and activities for Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein HERE

The Stranger

The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost? An excellent mystery story to also teach students about symbolism and looking for clues.


Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine? One of the best fall books for kids that’s also great for Halloween!

Get the lesson plan and activities for Stumpkin HERE

We Are Water Protectors

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. An excellent story written by Native American author Carole Lindstrom in a very lyrical way. Could also be great for Indigenous Peoples Day!

Get the lesson plan and activities for We Are Water Protectors HERE

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life! A classic children’s book about Halloween.

Check out the best fall books for kids.  A mix of autumn, spooky, leaves, apples and Indigenous Peoples books for Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade students. Books about pumpkins, the dark, and monsters including some of the best selling children's Halloween books and fall stories are sure to please teachers and students alike.
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Is there a children’s book about fall that I missed? One that you love that you think should be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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