20 Picture Books to Celebrate Fall Holidays and Traditions
It’s fall, y’all! That magical time of year when nothing sounds more appealing than pumpkin spice anything, and you can hardly visit anywhere without spotting a mum, apple-flavored something, or pile of pumpkins.
This collection of cozy books is perfect for celebrating autumn as well as many of the holidays and celebrations that take place between now and the start of winter.
Our list features stories about holidays like the Mid-Autumn Festival, Diwali, and Dia de los Muertos, as well as stories that celebrate and amplify Hispanic and Native American Heritage. These books can help kids connect with their identities, widen their worldviews and nurture their innate empathy and consideration for others and the world around them.
It is so important for children who are underrepresented in print and media to read books that authentically and positively represent them and their experiences, and yet, it’s just as important for kids who are overrepresented to read books about people, cultures and experiences that may be dissimilar to them.
Educators and caregivers are uniquely positioned to better expose children to books that will deepen their understanding, curiosity and compassion for the world around them. We believe that this collection of books is the perfect way to connect with kids this fall.
This fall, you may choose to celebrate and/or learn about:
Mid-Autumn Festival (September 10)
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
First Day of Fall (September 22)
Rosh Hashanah (September 25-27)
Yom Kippur (October 4-5)
Indigenous Peoples Day (October 10)
Diwali (October 24)
Halloween (October 31)
Native American Heritage Month (November)
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead (November 1-2)
Election Day (November 7)
Thanksgiving (November 24)
*Note: all dates are for the 2022 calendar year.
Read about some of our favorite fall reads below! For a complete list of our recommendations, visit our Bookshop page.
If You Find a Leaf
Author/Illustrator: Aimee Sicuro | Publisher: Random House Studio
This wonderful book will inspire kids to be more imaginative and creative. It celebrates all the beautiful things about fall leaves - their vibrant hues, crunchy textures and incredible uniqueness. The illustrator uses real leaves to craft each picture and shares ideas for how kids can preserve their own leaves and create with them.
This book is the perfect introduction and inspiration for fall leaf adventures!
Author: JaNay Brown-Wood | Illustrator: Samara Hardy | Publisher: Peachtree
Amara’s Farm is such a festive fall read. Readers will join Amara and her friends as they search the farm for pumpkins for a potluck party. They investigate and discover many delicious fruits and vegetables along the way!
This book is jam packed with wonderful learning and vocabulary about different fall harvests, like apples, ocra, persimmons and pumpkins. Kids will come away with new knowledge about types of fruits and vegetables, and an appreciation for nature’s bounty. Amara’s Farm also includes a recipe to make your own pumpkin bread!