Fall is just around the corner, and books are a fun way to begin talking about the new season. The first things that come to mind when teachers and parents want to introduce the new season to children are the changing autumn leaves and apples. These selected read alouds are a great beginning to learning about fall.
*”Why Do Leaves Change Color” by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Loretta Krupinski is a great choice for teaching the concept of the life cycle of leaves to young children. Children can easily follow the story line as leaves change from green to the beautiful reds and golds of fall. The author describes the effect of light and temperature on the life cycle of leaves. The answer to the question about why leaves fall is also explained. This colorful read aloud is of particular interest in that the author includes a list of activities that children can do with leaves, and a list of favorite places that families can visit to see beautiful autumn leaves. There are also colorful pages to use in identifying leaves. “Why Do Leaves Change Color” is recommended for ages 4-8, and has an ISBN of 9780064451260. It was published by HarperCollins Publishers.
*”Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy” by Daisy Meadows is a fun read aloud written with great imagination. Children enjoy the magic of fairies, and this author has combined a fairy who arrives with the new season of autumn. Colorful leaves, apple picking, and pumpkins are all a part of the coming new season, but something is missing. The girls discover that the fall crops at the farm are also dying. Autumn, the falling leaves fairy, explains to the girls that Jack Frost has arrived early this year, and has also stolen three things that are needed for fall. A scarf, pumpkin, and red leaf are missing. The girls go hunting for these missing items and encounter early goblins for Halloween that cause mischief for their hunt. Children will enjoy reading to the end to discover whether the girls find the missing items for fall. An interactive reading experience can be enjoyed with unscrambling hidden words in the colorful leaves on some of the pages. This fun read aloud is recommended for ages 6-9, and has an ISBN of 9780545484954. It was published by Scholastic, Inc.
“How Do Apples Grow” by Betsy Maestro is a great choice for beginning the fall season with apples and all of the delicious fall dishes that are prepared. Teachers will want to add this book to lessons about apples. The growth of an apple tree is described from the budding, flowers, and finally to the fruit. The life cycle of the apple is easily explained in this book, a part of Maestro’s Let’s Find Out Science series. This book is recommended for ages 4-8, and has an ISBN of 9780064451178.
Enjoy the beginning of the new fall season with these choices of fun read alouds. Stay tuned for more fun read alouds for the fall. Check out the slideshow of beautiful maple leaves at the Shoshazan Engyoji Temple gardens in Japan.