10 children’s books for cozy fall nights

If you ask me, it doesn’t get much better than cozying up under a blanket with my kids on a crisp fall day to read a book together.

My friends from Tee and Penguin and I put together this list of our favorite fall books for you and your little ones to enjoy:

Tee and Penguin’s picks:

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

What would fall be without trees? This is one of our favorite books that features a tree. When you add in a boy whose kite gets stuck in said tree plus a very enterprising spirit, all masterminded by comical genius Oliver Jeffers, the result is a whole lot of giggling as you turn the pages.

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

The perfect read for sweater weather. Quirky and offbeat humor abound in this book as you find out exactly how Lester copes when his Cousin Clara (who may or may not be related) moves in (after a crocodile accident) with her “curiously speedy” knitting needles, a very generous spirit, and dreadful taste.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

We look forward to so many things about fall. The foliage, crisp air, and all things pumpkin and apple, but what we don’t enjoy quite as much is the seasonal sickness that comes around. Except when it comes to this oh-so-poignant book. We’ll take an occasional sick day if that means cuddling up and reading about Amos and his friends.

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Is there anything else that goes hand-in-hand like Fall and New England? In this lovely book illustrated by Barbara Cooney, we follow a New England family through the seasons as they work and live on a farm. Trust us when we say that farm life has never look so appealing as it does within these pages.

Zen Ghosts by Jon J Muth

This multi-layered ghost story is magic. Muth’s illustrations of a suburban Halloween night are formed from vibrant water-colored scenes that depict the revelry of trick-or-treating as well as a panda-told zen ghost story that will have kids considering the wisdom and ideas it imparts.

Talk Wordy to Me’s picks:

In November by Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant’s books are always a delight. This one is a lyrical look at how animals get ready for the colder months.

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

This is such a fun book about a group of lucky bats who find an open window in the library. Bat families hurry into the dark library and have a night of imaginative fun with the books before the sun starts coming up.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

A beautifully illustrated welcome to fall that will have you wanting to cozy up next to a fireplace.

Night Animals by Gianna Marino

A fun bedtime book about a group animals getting spooked by nighttime animals, until they realize they are night time animals too. Funny and charming.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

This is a sweet tale about a raccoon who’d rather stay home with his mom and his friends than go to his first day of school. But a special reassurance from his mom gives him the courage he needs to face his first night at school. (Raccoons are nocturnal, after all.) This endearing book is set to the backdrop of a full harvest moon and a quiet night full of friendly creatures.


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