Saturday, November 4, 2017

12 More Picture Books to Celebrate Fall and Thanksgiving

I love reading seasonal books with my children. I shared some fall books several years ago but have discovered many more favorites since then. Here are twelve books featuring apples, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving.

Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
A charming book about a three-generation urban family and their fall tradition of making applesauce. This is one of my all-time favorites.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Lewin
A young Muslim immigrate joins her class on a field trip to an apple orchard. The illustrations take you to a sunny fall day and the story reminds us of the power of shared laughter.

A Song for Lena by Hilary Horder Hippely, illustrated by Leslie Baker
Grandma is making apple strudel and humming a tune, just like she learned as a girl in Hungary. She tells the story of strudel, a beggar man, and generosity. Includes a recipe for Grandma's Apple Strudel.

Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
An exaggerated tale, loosely based on a true story of how the first fruit trees came to Oregon. The fun pictures will make any child smile.

Meeting Trees by Scott Russell Sanders Illustrated by Robert Hynes
On a walk through the woods a dad teaches his son about trees. Detailed illustrations will teach you about trees too.

Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
The leaves are falling! Pip Squirrel to the rescue – until his mother explained. I love the creative illustrations in this celebrations of fall.

Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Everyone is getting the Thanksgiving meal ready. Lilting rhymes and warm paintings made this a favorite over Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Is Here written and illustrated by Diane Goode
Fun water-color illustrations will have your child looking through these pages slowly to catch the whole story of a thanksgiving at Grandpa and Grandma's.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Funny and informative, this book shares the history of the Thanksgiving holiday and the determined woman who helped make this a federal holiday.

Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietolow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Sophie's parents buy a squash at the market for supper, but Sophie chose the squash to be her friend. This book was a favorite of my two-year old last year and I nearly had it memorized.

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston, Illustrated by Jim LaMarche
A girl watches each month of autumn from her perch in her tree house as the woodland creatures prepare for winter. Gorgeous illustrations are the highlight of this book.

Crow Call by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Liz's father is just home from the war and they set off on a cold fall day to go crow hunting. Lovely illustrations depict the Pennsylvania farmland. Based on the author's experience as a girl.

Ahhh...just looking over this list gives me so many warm, fuzzy memories that I want to make an immediate trip to the library.

For more books, visit my first fall picture book list.

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  1. Thanks for posting about what you're reading. I've been impressed lately with the response of authors to the immigrant/refugee situation in the world, especially middle east. It's not an easy world, and it's good they are helping children become aware of the sameness of people, if not religion. I've always like Eve Bunting.

  2. Ooo, a lot of these are new to me, and that hardly ever happens anymore, lol! Thanks for sharing!

  3. HappyThanksgiving Day USA 2017 Day.
    Wish you a great Year ahead!

    Keep Posting Amazing Stuff

  4. Lovely list!
    I am a gramma so, I'll have to see if I can find some of these at our library. I enjoy picture books as much as my grandchildren.

  5. My 6 year old daughter deeply enjoys Sophie's Squash
    Thank you for sharing your favorites it makes it easier for me to know what to borrow from the library for my daughter


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