Fall into fall books

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The gleeful expression of the cover canine of Susan Gal's "Please Take Me for a Walk" perfectly reflects the eagerness of the title's plea. A sprightly little terrier engages with the people, animals, and places in her leaf-strewn neighborhood, making this little romp a great choice for community-themed story hours. Accompanied by an unseen owner, the cavorting pup tentatively greets new acquaintances at the dog park, confidently approaches favorite shopkeepers, and contentedly feels the autumn breeze in her ears. Occasionally, our furry friend looks directly at the audience with adoring, luminous eyes, making the viewer feel like they are the much-loved owner at the end of the leash.

Picture books & beginning readers

"About a Bear" by Holly Surplice

This winning story is perfect for young children: It's sweet, simple, and silly. Surplice's rhyming tale explores an amiable and somewhat befuddled bear, as he forages, climbs a tree, and acts as a raft for his smaller forest friends. Bear also illustrates a variety of emotions, including boredom, sadness, curiosity, and mostly happiness. The warm-hued illustrations, replete with shimmery gilded leaves, suggest a fall setting for this year-round read.

"Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert

A sprightly man made of vibrant leaves and acorn eyes pops against the solid colored backgrounds in this ode to nature collage. Leaf man is discovered by a child in a leaf pile, but then he drifts skyward in the autumn wind, leaving the unseen narrator to ponder his destination. The photographic end pages identify a flurry of seeds and leaves, adding a scientific layer to this dreamy tale. This simple yet ponderous story encourages young readers to make their own leaf-art creations.

"The Little Scarecrow Boy" by Margaret Wise Brown

"The Little Yellow Leaf" by Carin Berger

"Max and Mo Go Apple Picking" by Patricia Lakin

"Mr. Putter and Tabby Ring the Bell" by Cynthia Rylant

"Mitzi's World" by Deborah Raffin

"Mooncakes" by Loretta Seto

"Mouse's First Fall" by Lauren Thompson

"The Mystery Vine" by Cathryn Falwell

"One Red Apple" by Harriet Ziefert

"Pumpkin Circle" by George Levenson

"The Scarecrow and His Servant" by Phillip Pullman

Enlivened by an extraordinary strike of lightning, a turnip-headed scarecrow comes to life and immediately sets off to escape the polluted field where he was previously stuck. Accompanied by loyal and clever young orphan, Jack, the foolish but enchanting Scarecrow has grand schemes on his mind. Unfortunately, the two are pursued by the corrupt Buffolinis, who are responsible for a disastrous plague of bad weather, as well as robbers and scammers of all types. This timeless quest tale balances serious themes with enchantingly offbeat humor (pompous Scarecrow keeps losing his head, literally) and moments of glory. Pullman avoids violence, preferring battles of wit (Jack makes up for his straw master's deficiency in this area). Fantasy fans ages 10-13 will enjoy this ingenious fairytale with echoes of Oz.


"Awesome Autumn" by Bruce Goldstone

An enthusiastic introduction to all things fall, this breezy volume features appealing, clear photographs and succinct informative text. From textures, tastes and smells of autumn, to basic explanations of photosynthesis, frost, migration, and hibernation, this is an appealing resource for nonfiction fans ages 4-8. Parents and teachers will appreciate the autumn art activities and the myriad topics that offer something to interest every child.

"Fall's Here!" (series) by Martha Rustad

"Exploring Autumn" by Terri DeGezelle

"Exploring Fall" by Bruce Goldstone

"Fruit!: Life on an Apple Farm" by Ruth Owen

"Leaves Fall Down: Learning about Autumn Leaves" by Lisa Bullard

"Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" by Joyce Sidman

"Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie" by Jill Esbaum

"Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems" by Lee Bennett Hopkins

"Your Neighbor the Squirrel" by Greg Roza

"A Year at the Farm" by Nicholas Harris

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