Autumn books for children

Autumn children’s books for topics in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, including non-fiction guides, picture books, emerging reader books and books to share, by authors including Sam Usher, Lois Ehlert, Ruth Symons, Hazel Maskell, Dianna Aston, Jessica Courtney-Tickle, and Emily Gravett. These suggestions have been curated to provide an impetus for inspiration, display ideas, shared writing, discussion, and home learning activities, as well as classroom topic teaching.

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Our recommended autumn topic books for children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2

Autumn by Clare Collinson

An ideal book for EYFS, with many ideas and questions that will encourage the reader to think and learn about autumn. With poetry, photographs, and paintings, together with descriptions of the weather, and what might be discovered outside, this book will generate lots of interest.

Autumn by Clare Collinson

Autumn Adventure by Jessica Tizzard and Natasha Wilder

A distinctive combination book, looking at autumn, yoga, and mindfulness. Using catchy rhyme, the book follows the adventures of Bertie the bird, and Hattie the hedgehog. Yoga exercises are introduced through the animals, together with mindfulness exercises.

Autumn Adventure by Jessica Tizzard and Natasha Wilder

Autumn by Ailie Busby

A lovely board book for younger readers to enjoy. Colourful, lively, and full of playful experiences, this book includes leaf kicking, apple picking, and collecting pumpkins as activities. A fun introduction to the colours and delights of autumn.

Autumn by Ailie Busby

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

A magical book in every sense. Follow the magic three through the four seasons. The reader does not only read this book – it needs interaction to help the tree grow. Using taps, shakes, and wobbles the magic tree changes throughout the year. Beautifully illustrated.

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Marney’s Mix-Up by Jane Rushmore

As autumn begins, Marney a grey squirrel discovers a strange red creature collecting all the nuts. When he makes a move to grab the hoard for winter, something very unexpected happens. A good story to teach children about diversity, communication and thinking before acting. With catchy language, fun dialogue and punchy autumnal colours, this is a great book to read and discuss with EYFS and lower KS1 children

Marney's Mix-Up by Jane Rushmore

Hoot Owl by Sean Taylor

A sure-fire favourite as hapless Hoot Owl, master of disguise, does in search of some dinner. However, his expert camouflage never seems to fool his prey – with hilarious consequences. A laugh out loud story book.

Hoot Owl by Sean Taylor

The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green

A bedtime story that you will read again and again. With wonderful illustrations and rhymes that children adore. The fox terrifies the rabbit and his friends – but is he really that bad?

The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green

Tidy by Emily Gravett

A cautionary tale of Badger Pete who likes everything in the forest to be tidy. With outstanding illustrations from cover to cover and appealing animal characters, this is a gentle introduction to preserving our environment.

Tidy by Emily Gravett

Storm by Sam Usher

Spending time with his grandad on a windy autumn day, the boy is excited to go and fly a kite – but first, they have to find it. After discovering lots of things that remind them of other days out together, the two of them take the kite out into the storm. With vibrant autumn colours in the illustrations, this is a lovely tale of relationships to be treasured.

Storm by Sam Usher

A Stroll Through the Seasons by Kay Barnham

A glorious and colourful book that will enhance and encourage a myriad of questions from the young reader. Each of the seasons is portrayed vividly, with text that provokes enquiry over and over again. There are useful notes for parents and teachers at the back of the book.

A Stroll Through the Seasons by Kay Barnham

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

A read out loud adventure! Go with the three friends through the mountains and forests, collecting leaves, and discovering shapes and colours. There’s rhyming text, crunchy sounds, and of course, jumping into a pile of leaves.

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Sweep by Louise Greig

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 Not so much an autumn book, but a powerful story to aid children with emotional problems. Ed is in a bad mood and grows to affect everyone around him. Can he sweep his problems away?

Sweep by Louise Greig

The Story Orchestra: Four Season in One Day by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

An inspirational sound book that not only takes Isabelle and her dog Pickle through the four seasons but also plays music from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Press the button and each season is symphonically illustrated. A fantastic story to introduce children to classical music.

The Story Orchestra: Four Season in One Day by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Seasons and Weather by Holly Bathie

A lovely board book for young children to explore. With many lift-up flaps to investigate, the seasonal changes are displayed in pictures, with great ideas for appropriate clothing in each type of weather.

Seasons and Weather by Holly Bathie

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

A charming, informative, and creative book all about seeds. From tiny seeds below ground and different methods of dispersal, the illustrations are beautifully detailed. A great introduction to how to care for plants and their needs. This could lead to a comparison of what we need to grow and flourish.

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

A Year in the Wild by Ruth Symons

This unique and beautiful book takes the reader through the seasons using incredible hand-pressed plants. Helen Ahpornsiri magically turns leaves, seeds, and petals into fantastic birds and animals, natural habitats, flowers blooming, butterflies swooping, and more. A book not just to treasure but to look at again and again. Our book of the month from April 2018.

A Year in the Wild by Ruth Symons

A Year in Nature by Hazel Maskell

A carousel book that unfolds to display the four seasons in a large format. The reader is invited to follow a fox family through the year as the cubs grow and the woodland changes. Vivid, colourful illustrations abound.

A Year in Nature by Hazel Maskell

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Fletcher the fox has a favourite tree. However, he notices that something dreadful is happening to its wonderful leaves. What can be wrong? A lovely picture book with a surprise for Fletcher, as first winter, then spring arrive.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

What Do You See in Autumn? by Sian Smith

Part of the seasons range for young readers. Filled with photos of what to look out for in autumn, together with simple, repetitive and engaging text, this is a book to read together and enjoy.

What Do You See in Autumn? by Sian Smith

Autumn is Here by Heidi Pross Gray

A book that explores Autumn in many exciting ways, following the changes in our surroundings. Vibrant watercolour illustrations enliven apple picking, bonfires, squirrels hiding nuts and much more.

Autumn is Here by Heidi Pross Gray

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Using the medium of collage, Ehlert creates an evocative exploration of the life of a tree. From roots to photosynthesis and sap, all aspects of leaves and seasons are explained.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Leaf Man is blowing in the wind. Which way will the wind blow him? True life leaf illustrations and fantastic vistas fill this book – a book that will inspire children to want to discover more. Useful leaf identifying guides are found at the end of the book.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Autumn topic resources and activities

  • BBC Teach features a great free video that could be used to introduce topic work or a whole school assembly. (Above)
  • The BBC has a series of resources about autumn, including activities and videos suitable for EYFS and KS1. There’s also a list for parents of free things to do with your child during autumn.
  • The Woodland Trust has an excellent page describing creative leaf crafts that children can try at home or at school. There are some great ideas for half-term or autumn weekends here.
  • Forestry England has produced a series of free activities for children to try in the autumn, as part of their ‘learning passport’.
  • Ordnance Survey offers some fun free ideas to try during the autumn half-term holiday, including pumpkin picking and finding outdoor experiences.
  • The National Trust features a regularly updated page detailed their children’s events and activities with a focus on autumn, during the half-term period.

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Looking for more children’s book recommendations? Have a look at our books for topics, our EYFS & KS1 books, and our KS2 book recommendations.


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