Celebrating the Season with Fall Reading

Fall is here, which means cooler temperatures and earlier sunsets. One great way to make use of the shorter daylight hours is to spend a little more time reading together as a family.

We’ve put together a short list of some great fall reading that will educate, inform, and inspire the entire family. You can head over to the public library to check them out or buy your own copy at a local bookstore or online!

What’s your favorite fall book?

Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians – Written and illustrated by Aliki, this book tells the story of all things corn—popcorn, corn on the cob, cornbread, tacos, tamales, and tortillas—and how Native American farmers originally found and nourished this wild plant and shared it with the European settlers.

The Pumpkin Patch – Do your children love picking out pumpkins? This is an excellent resource for helping children understand life and growth cycles of this beloved autumn plant. Written by Elizabeth King, the book contains wonderful photographs of the pumpkin in all stages of development.

Giving Thanks – In this book a father takes his son on a fall hike, reminding him to be thankful for all creation. Written by Jonathan London and Gregory Manchess, this book is an excellent read for parents as well.

Bear At Home Books

Every night before bed my sons pick out their evening books. I always let them decide, but there are a few books that I especially enjoy reading, even if it is for the one hundredth and sixty forth time.

The Bear series of books by Stella Blackstone are some of my favorites. The illustrations by Debbie Harter are layered with color and texture and I notice something new every time I look at them. In the book Bear’s Busy Family they are all preparing a feast for the youngest bear’s birthday. The family makes bread and pies together, showing how everyone in the family has a special job to honor the youngest one’s special day.

In Bear at Home Blackstone takes children through each room of Bear’s house as he explains to us the importance of brooms, books, and a clean kitchen. The dust flies from the broom like magic; the special reading nook is cozy and warm.

As with most children’s books, the appeal is in the simplicity. There’s something about the Bear series that reminds me to take note of the small things—the importance of making a pie, the ritual of reading before bed, and the fun in cleaning a kitchen. Okay, I still have a hard time enjoying cleaning the kitchen. But Mr. Bear in Bear at Home helps kids remember that dust flying from a broom is somehow magical.

What are some of your favorite books to read with your children?