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Watercolor Leaf Rubbing and Fall Book List

Children's books documenting the changing of the seasons bring so much joy into classrooms and homes. Both kids and grown-ups often look forward to what a new season may bring- new activities, foods, celebrations and so much more.

This lesson is great for any time of the year, but especially in autumn when leaves are falling all around us! Kids of all ages can enjoy this activity.

Book List

  • Be a Tree by Maria Gianferrari

  • Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

  • Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynne Plourde

  • My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Lee

  • The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade

  • Before We Stood Tall: From Small Seed to Mighty Tree by Jessica Kulekjian

  • The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming

  • Little Tree by Loren Long

  • Sweep by Louise Grieg


  • Leaves

  • White crayons

  • Watercolor paints

  • Paper

  • Brushes

To begin, venture outdoors and gather leaves of all different shapes and sizes. If necessary, gently wash and dry the leaves before beginning.

With a variety of leaves available, select a leaf to place underneath the paper. For best results, place the leaf “stem-side” up under the paper. Then like other leaf-rubbings, use your white crayon on its side and rub back and forth on the paper over the leaf. You can then move the leaf to a new spot under the paper and repeat. It’s great for the leaves to overlap or go off the pages; there is no wrong way!

Once the rubbings are done, bring out the watercolor paints and use one color or many to lightly paint all over the paper. Watch as the leaf outlines immediately appear among the watercolors.

You can find these book recommendations and more on our Bookshop page.


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