November 9, 2015
There are so many fun books to read during the Fall season. Having a yard full of Maple trees we have an abundance of leaves on the ground awaiting children and their imaginations this time of year. I have a good mix of books about the different seasons and the changes that occur, but I made sure to have books about Fall leaves because every group has a connection to them. It doesn’t seem to matter the make-up of the group, all children enjoying playing in piles of leaves. Here are four that seem to get read each year:
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
The story focuses on a single leaf that is not ready to leave the branch of its great oak tree. All the other leaves swirl down to the ground, apples grew musky, pumpkins heavy, and flocks of geese took wing, but yellow leaf holds on. Now it’s winter and yellow leaf is alone in the tree, until it sees a scarlet flash. Through agreement they let go together and soar off through the skies together.
Who would think that a story about Fall leaves would support working on friendship, being afraid of new things/the unknown?
The illustrations are different and can be a little hard for younger readers to connect with, but it’s important for children to be exposed to variety in both language style and visual images.
- Movement activity of chasing, swirling, soaring, dancing like the leaves.
- Nature watch – check out the trees around you for leaves that may still be in them. Rake up the fallen leaves and play in.
Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe HAll
When fall comes, two brothers enjoy their favorite time of year, by catching the falling leaves, stomping on them, kicking them, jumping in piles of them, and using them to make pictures.
- Get out and play in the leaves.
- Make pictures from different leaves.
It’s Fall by Linda Glaser
A young boy describes what happens to animals, plants, and people in the autumn while he enjoys the leaves.
This book opens up discussions about more than just the changes to the leaves. Getting the bird feeders ready for our winter friends and watching the Canadian geese and crows fly in large groups overhead we can explore migration and hibernation.
Love the large cut-paper illustrations of this book. They have a strong realistic appearance.
- Great listing of activities to pull ideas from at end of book.
- Rake a pile of leaves to hide in and pop out of. Talk about what the leaves in the pile smell like, feel like and sound like.
We enjoy finger plays and rhyming songs. An old-time favorite is ~ We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Having a book that connects by following the same pattern opens up different experiences.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Three friends are going on a hunt for leaves. They go over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. Then through a waterfall and across a lake. Something black and white sends them quickly home.
- Go on your own leaf hunt. Count your leaves. Compare them. Make leaf rubbings.
- Make leaf pictures. Preserve your leaves.
- Add actions and then act out the story.