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10 Must-Have Books To Build Language With Your Little Pumpkin

Fall Books For Preschoolers

The leaves are changing colors. The pumpkins are on display all around town. Time to stock up on some fabulous fall books to build language with your little pumpkin. Grab a blanket and some mugs of apple cider and get your child excited for the magic of fall with one of our favorite children’s books for autumn.


We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Following the lead of another childhood classic, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt , this book tells the story of the adventures of hunting for the beautiful leaves of autumn. Filled with repetition, new vocabulary, and colorful illustrations, this one just may inspire your little one to go on their own leaf hunt the next time you head out to the park.


Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, S.D. Shindler

A little witch tries to get a pumpkin off the vine to make pumpkin pie with a little help from her friends. Filled with humor, a predictable storyline and fabulous illustrations, this is a must-read for preschoolers.



Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor

Beautiful illustrations will captivate your child’s attention and spark his imagination as one of the best-loved activities of October approaches: carving pumpkins! A wonderful treat to add to your little one’s bookshelf this fall.


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This book tells the story of a delightful little witch who loses her possessions on a magical flight. Rhyme, rhythm and repetition fill this story, making it a perfect selection for preschoolers and early readers.


 The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams 

An all-time favorite book for October, this book tells the story of a little old lady who sets out on an evening walk and encounters a few surprises along the way. This engaging story is sure to get little ones clapping, stomping, and giggling from beginning to end.


Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell

A little witch tries to frighten ten tricky ghosts out of a haunted house in this adorable rhyming book. A perfect choice for preschoolers and beginning readers.


Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin

From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Click Clack Moo comes the Halloween rendition sure to get your preschoolers giggling as the barnyard animals play tricks on Farmer Brown, yet again. The humor of this book and silly illustrations make this story a good choice for little ones who are little unsure or afraid of the Halloween festivities.


Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

A fabulous story for older preschoolers and kindergartners, this book tells the story of what happens to a little boy’s beloved pumpkin after Halloween. This book beautifully illustrates what happens as the seasons change and offers a fresh perspective on traditional Halloween stories.


Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

A wonderful story celebrating the arrival of fall and all the wonderful things it brings. Simply written and filled with rhyme and rhythm, this book is a fabulous choice to inspire awe in preschoolers and early readers this autumn.


There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro

The little old lady is back at it again, but this time she is swallowing leaves, a shirt, a pumpkin, and other fall-themed objects to make a scarecrow! Hilarious illustrations will quickly engage littles ones, and the predictable, rhyming text makes it easy for preschoolers to “read” along.  A great book choice for fall.


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