Monday, September 27, 2010

Falling into Great Books

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We're back from our weekend in Branson!! Both kids are finally well and we had a great weekend of homecoming parades, hoodies, and hot cocoa. Fall is Here! We also took a trip to the library to check out some of our fall favorites. Do you have any must-reads for fall? Here is what my child is reading:

When Autumn Falls When Autumn Falls by Kelly Nidey is a great way to introduce the vocabulary term, "Fall" to a young child. In this story, temperatures fall, apples fall, even football players fall! This book has cute cut paper illustrations.

Fall Leaves Fall By Zoe Hall Watching the leaves fall to the ground, two children try to catch them and rake them, kick on them and stomp them. Then the two children bring the leaves inside and make silly pictures with some leaves and label others.

Leaf Man (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))Leaf Man  by Lois Ehlert. We love, love, love, love, love Lois Ehlert books. This one does not disappoint. In this story, a leaf man (made from a fallen leaf, acorns for eyes, and a sweet gum ball for a nose) goes where the wind blows... toward the marsh, through the prarie, and past the spotted cows. Ehlert illustrates her books with collages made from fallen leaves. At first, Logan had difficulty spotting some of the animals within the leaf piles but as I pointed them out, he became better at identifying them. Older children would have fun locating the 'hidden" pictures. Come back to see our stART (story + art) project with this book later this week!

I Know It's AutumnI know it's Autumn By Eileen Spinelli The repeatitive phrase, "I know it's Autumn when..." introduces the activities of autumn, apple picking, pumpkins, leaves changing, and (my favorite) a turkey sticker on a spelling test! The repeatitive text in this book would create a natural extension of an interactive writing activity. Try having your child write a story filling in the phrase, "I know it's Autumn when _______________." Let your child write the parts is able to write.

Leaf JumpersLeaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber This book offers poetic descriptions of the various leaves and trees found in fall.  The birch is "oval as an egg" and the gingko leaf is "shaped like a little fan."

We're Going On A Leaf HuntWe're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger In this story, three children search for fall leaves as they go on a hike. This story is comparable to We're Going on a Bear Hunt (which my son loves!!!) so we had a lot of fun with this book... and actually went on a leaf hunt. More to come later this week...

The Little Yellow LeafThe Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger In this story, a little yellow leaf is not ready to fall from the big oak tree. The leaf finally spies a scarlet leaf and the two leaves decide to let go together. I love that amongst all of the books that describe fall concepts, there is a book about fall leaves that tells a heartwarming story about friendship, bravery, change, and letting go. And the illustrations? They are ah-mazing!!

I'm linking up to What My Child is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. Click on the link to find lists of other great books!


  1. What a great list of books! We love fall and all the fun reading! We have a few fall books that we love! Pumpkin time, and the great pumpkin are probably our top 2. We like leaf man as well :-)

  2. Thanks for joining WMCIR! You have a great list of books, and some of them are our favorites too, especially Leaf Man. I am adding the last three to our reading list!

  3. These are a wonder collection of leaf books. Stopping from Mom Loop. I pinned this post.