As the leaves turn golden and the nights draw in, what better way to celebrate the season than by curling up with a good book and a warming beverage?
Below are some of our favourite autumnal stories for children. You could use them to teach younger children about the seasonal changes the autumn brings, or as inspiration for some fantastic creative writing!
1. The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley
Set against the cosy backdrop of autumn, Wellesley’s bright and welcoming tale is the perfect way to explore the importance of friendship with younger children.
2. Autumn is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
Filled with colourful watercolour illustrations and delightful descriptions, Gray’s book is the perfect way to discover the visual changes autumn brings with your child.
3. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher the fox is worried about the leaves falling from his favourite tree! With its charming drawings and invaluable moral, Rawlinson’s story makes the perfect bedtime story or independent read for younger readers.
4. After the Storm: A Percy the Park Keeper Story by Nick Butterworth
Butterworth’s Percy the Parkkeeper stories always make for heart-warming adventures! In this tale, Percy must use his imagination and his trusty wheelbarrow to find his animal friends new homes after an oak tree is blown down by a storm.
5. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
This delightful tale tells the tale of a cat, a duck and a squirrel brewing pumpkin soup! With beautiful illustrations drawn in shades of orange, red and brown throughout, Cooper’s story includes a great moral about the importance of sharing.
6. Tidy by Emily Gravett
For an amusing and lighthearted tale, Tidy is a fantastic cautionary story about the environment and the pitfalls of over-neatness. Alongside these messages, Gravett’s book is also a great way to explore the use of rhyme and rhythm, making it an ideal autumnal read.
7. Hello, Harvest Moon by Fletcher/Kiesler
Hello, Harvest Moon is a magical story about a girl and her cat exploring the shadows of the shortening days. An atmospheric read, guaranteed to draw you into the world of the autumnal nighttime.
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