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9 Fall Books to use with Fall Activities for Kids

Use these 9 fall books for fun fall activities for kids – at least 1 for each of our fall books.

I had so much fun looking for fall books you can read with your kids. Some of these are ones we read together as a family when my kids were young.

And to make this post more helpful to homeschoolers, I’ve includes fall activities for kids that you can use with each fall book. It’s like getting a mini-unit study right here! If you want more fall activities, be sure to grab our Fall Activities for Kids {Unit Study} & Free Fall Printables at the end of this post.

9 fall activities with kids using fall books - lots of fun -

Earl the Squirrel
by Don Freeman

My kids loved the book, Corduroy, by the same author.  Earl learns through a series of events about work ethic

Science Activity:
Plant acorns after reading Earl the Squirrel , take the children on a nature walk and have them collect acorns. When you get back home, have them wrap the acorns in a damp paper towel and put it in your window seal. Re-dampen the towels as needed.

Watch them sprout. You might even let your children plant them outside! This is a neat science idea for the fall!

Language Arts Activity:
You may also rewrite this story in your own words, using Unit 3 Teaching Writing: Structure & Style.

by Gail Saunder-Smith

Besides being an early reader, this book has photos and text to describe changes in weather, people, plants & animals in autumn.

Language Arts Activity:
Rewrite any page or section in your own words. Use Units 1-2 in Teaching Writing: Structure & Style.

Art Activity:
Leaf Crayon Rubbings is a fun activity. Collect fresh fall leaves of various shapes & sizes. Place leaves on table with the vein side up.  Cover with thin paper.  Holding paper still, use flat side of crayon to lightly rub over the leaf — the shape “magically” appears!

fall activities for kids - leaf rubbings & 8 other fall books & activities |

photo by Mary Beth

Use a different leaf or just change position of paper and crayon color for another image.  Overlap the leaf shapes if you like — it looks nice!  Once children get the hang of it they can all be successful.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell

By Cynthia Rylant & Arthur Howard

An early chapter book about fall & the start of school.  Kids should enjoy this funny book set in fall.

Homemaking Activity:
Bake cupcakes or banana cake

Lionel in the Fall
by Stephen Krensky

Cute story about school, fall & Halloween.

Art Activity:
Watercolor Leaves is a fun activity after reading Lionel in the Fall.  Make crayon rubbings as explained above.

Once your kids get the “look” they like, use paint watercolor over the crayon rubbings.

Four Friends in Autumn
by Tommie DePaola

At a dinner party, Miss Piggy eats all the food before she serves her guests.

Team Work Activity:
Have a special dinner where your kids choose the menu & cook the meal.

 Autumn Across America

By Seymour Simon

Simon’s photos are gorgeous!

Language Arts Activity (integrated with Science)
Read a page each day and enjoy the photo for that page.  Keep a list of the most interesting things your child learns.  Write one paragraph about autumn, based on this list.  Use Unit 4 from Teaching Writing: Structure & Style.

In November

by Cynthia Rylant

Fun story progressing through November.

When Autumn Falls
by Kelli Nidey

Autumn characterized by falling leaves, falling players on the football field & falling temperatures

Art Activity:
Make a collage of an autumn scene.  Use the illustrations in this book as a guide for your collage.

Clifford’s First Autumn

By Norman Bridwell

Story of Clifford when he was still a puppy.

Language Arts Activity:
Write a story or paper about your pet using Unit 8 of Teaching Writing: Structure & Style.

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