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 as a way to teach younger children about the seasonal changes that the autumn brings, or as the inspiration for some fantastic creative writing!
1. The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley
For young children, Wellesley’s bright and welcoming tale teaches the importance of friendship, set against the cosy backdrop of autumn.
2. Autumn is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
Colourful watercolour illustrations and delightful descriptions make this book the perfect way to discover the seasonal changes of autumn 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! Rawlinson’s story makes the perfect bedtime story or an independent read for young readers, and is guaranteed to make you feel cosy.
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 story of a cat, duck and squirrel brewing pumpkin soup. With beautiful illustrations in shades of orange, red and brown used throughout, Cooper’s story has a great moral about the importance of sharing.
6. Tidy by Emily Gravett
For an amusing and lighthearted read, Tidy is a fantastic cautionary tale about the environment and the pitfalls of over-neatness. Gravett’s book is a fantastic way to look at the use of rhyme and rhythm, all while teaching these important messages.
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 short Autumnal days. An atmospheric read, guaranteed to draw you into the world of the autumnal nighttime.
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