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Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: 12 Picture Books That Celebrate Fall

by Rosemary D'Urso

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With its stunning colors, exciting holidays, and delicious treats, there is so much magic and wonder around the fall season! Many picture books display awe-inspiring autumnal activities through gorgeous artwork and characters picking apples, enjoying hayrides, and choosing the perfect pumpkin. As the weather gets cooler, grab a blanket and cozy up with a loved one while enjoying these fabulous fall stories!

  • Leif and the Fall

    by Allison Sweet Grant and Adam Grant, illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard

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    Autumn has arrived, and Leif (a fretful leaf) feels anxious about falling to the ground. So, he builds a variety of gadgets to ease his drop. When nothing works quite right, Leif fears he has failed. In a surprising turn of events, Leif’s efforts get rewarded with a satisfying ending that will leave readers cheering for the hardworking leaf. With its message of problem-solving and persistence, this book will be a hit in both home and classroom libraries!

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  • Leaves

    by David Ezra Stein

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    In this adorable story, an empathetic young bear worries about the leaves falling from the trees. The bear attempts to put them back on but eventually makes a cozy den with them. When he awakens from his hibernation in the spring, he’s elated to discover the leaves have returned. This delightful tale is an ideal choice for a fall storytime with young children.

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  • Maple

    by Lori Nichols

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    My family adores this enchanting book! Nature-loving Maple finds a genuine friend in the tree outside her home. When her little sister arrives, Maple shows her new sibling the same tenderness she gives her tree. While she can’t always make the baby happy, they both bask in the tree’s beauty — creating a special bond between them. This story could not be sweeter!

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  • A Pumpkin for Peter

    by Beatrix Potter

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    Little hands will love poring over the gentle illustrations of this inviting board book starring one of Beatrix Potter’s most famous characters. Fall is here, and while Peter Rabbit is excited to pick out a pumpkin, he is nervous about walking through the woods at night. Peter faces his fears alongside his family and gets rewarded for his bravery with the perfect pumpkin.

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  • Let’s Go Apple Picking!

    by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Nila Aye

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    This colorful Little Golden Book captures the joys of apple picking with a loved one. Children will enjoy reading about a girl and her grandfather as they explore a farm, go on a hayride, and meet adorable farm animals along the way!

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  • The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

    by Stan and Jan Berenstain

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    In this installment of the classic series, Papa Bear learns an important lesson in gratitude. It’s almost time for Thanksgiving, and Papa Bear excitedly enters his prized pumpkin in a contest. When he doesn’t get the result he hopes for, Mama Bear reminds her family of all they have to be thankful for, including the beauty of nature, friends, and pumpkin pie!

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  • The Ugly Pumpkin

    by Dave Horowitz

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    This playful twist on The Ugly Duckling follows a misshapen pumpkin searching for a home. Disappointed no one chooses him as a jack-o’-lantern, the pumpkin wanders the countryside until he realizes his true identity and celebrates Thanksgiving somewhere that he can put down roots. Bouncy rhymes, bright colors, and a surprise ending make this picture book fun to read aloud.

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  • Sophie’s Squash

    by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

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    With its endearing storyline, this is one of my all-time favorite picture books about fall! It’s hard not to smile at the adorable Sophie who adopts a squash that she names Bernice. The unlikely friends do everything together until Bernice begins her unavoidable decay. To save her friend, Sophie buries her in the garden, resulting in the most delightful surprise in the spring.

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  • Otis and the Scarecrow

    by Loren Long

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    Beautiful on many levels, this gentle tale of compassion is a standout. The farm buzzes with news of a new scarecrow, but excitement turns to disappointment when the newcomer stands frozen with a frown on his face. However, the kindhearted tractor, Otis, finds a way for the scarecrow to star in his friends’ favorite game. This is a thoughtful seasonal story that you can enjoy all year long.

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  • Mouse Seasons

    by Leo Lionni

    Featuring gorgeous illustrations, this new story by the renowned author and illustrator Leo Lionni celebrates the four seasons. Frederick, the cherished mouse from Lionni’s Caldecott Honor Book of the same name, reappears in this book. In it, he bolsters his community of mice with the wonders of fall, winter, spring, and summer.

  • The Poky Little Puppy and the Pumpkin Patch

    by Diane Muldrow, illustrated by Sue DiCicco

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    It’s impossible to resist the cuteness of the Pokey Little Puppy! This beloved character joins his sisters and brothers as they explore a farm, go on a hayride, play in a corn maze, and pick out a pumpkin. This timeless story captures the fun and wonder of fall.

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  • Rocket and the Perfect Pumpkin

    by Tad Hills

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    Beginning readers will love following Rocket and his friend Bella as they look for the perfect pumpkin in this entertaining Step into Reading story. Parents will appreciate the positive message about sharing, while children will enjoy the engaging characters and thrill of reading independently.

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