7 Picture Books to Read As Autumn Comes To An End

Can you believe we’re almost halfway through November? My mind is still stuck in September. The school year has been a complete whirlwind.

As autumn comes to an end and we quickly approach winter, I wanted to share some of my favorite children’s books for this special time of year. These phenomenal picture books are the perfect way to close out the beauty of fall and bring in the magic of winter.

Thanksgiving in the Woods

Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf

This gorgeous picture book tells the true story of a family and their friends who gather in a small clearing of the woods every year on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in the Woods presents the perfect opportunity to discuss family holiday traditions.

Over the River and Through the Wood

Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child

Children adore this classic Thanksgiving poem! You won’t be able to help but sing along to “Over the River and Through the Woods” while enjoying the beautiful illustrations in this book.


Storm by Sam Usher

When the boy and his grandad hear the whistling wind, they decide it’s the perfect time to fly a kite. If you are looking for a fabulous fall mentor text for teaching onomatopoeia, then Storm is the book for you!

A Different Pond

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

A Different Pond is a must read for elementary students. In this story, a young Vietnamese boy sets out into the early Minnesota cold on a fishing trip with his dad. The stakes are high as the boy and his dad are fishing to catch their meal. During this early morning trip, the boy hears unforgettable stories told by his dad about his experiences in Vietnam.

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

Just as the title implies, Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter perfectly shows the transition from fall to winter. When a brother and sister go for a walk, they notice many signs that autumn is ending and winter is beginning.

In November

In November by Cynthia Rylant

This book is a fabulous read to close out the autumn season. Cynthia Rylant skillfully uses imagery and personification to describe the wonders of November.

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston

Winter Is Coming is another beautifully written picture book that celebrates the wondrous changes of the season. The story begins in September and gradually progresses through the season of autumn noticing more and more signs that winter is coming.

I hope you enjoy!

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