The other day I was cleaning out some bookshelves and storage bins, and I came across yet more books that we have collected. That prompted me to sort and organize a bit, donating some books but retaining our children’s favorites. Since the weather is finally (!) turning cooler, and it finally feels like fall, here are some of our family’s favorite classic fall children’s books.
Clifford the Big Red Dog was always a favorite. For classic fall children’s books, we enjoyed and recommend Clifford’s First Autumn and Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit. It’s very sweet to remember how excited our youngest son was to see Clifford grow from being afraid of the falling, blowing leaves to chasing them and jumping in leaf piles! (Oh no. That reminds me of all the leaves we’ll be getting up soon. Still glad the heat has finally abated.)
It’s pumpkin time, and the classic fall children’s book The Littlest Pumpkin has an honored place on our bookshelves. And when our sons were early readers, a favorite story was Happy Halloween, Biscuit! We also read and read The Berenstain Bears go on a Ghost Walk. So many happy memories of time spent together with these classic fall children’s books!
When the kids were a bit older, we enjoyed classic fall children’s books targeted for middle graders. Scooby-Doo and the Thanksgiving Terror is still on our shelves, as is Carl Reiner’s Tell Me a Scary Story (…but not TOO scary!). Reiner’s book came with an audio CD and the boys loved playing the CD in the car and imitating the voices when reading the book at home.
But our favorite, without a doubt, has been Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. This one I’m leaving out on the kitchen table tonight, because I know someone will pick up this classic story.