09 October 2014

31 Days: Our Autumn Toddler Book Basket (30+ books!)

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Good evening, friends! 
Welcome! Here on the blog, we're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. If you are new to this 31 day series, check out my beginning post...

Creating A Holiday Planner in 31 Days!

So how are everyone's Autumn and Thanksgiving lists coming? Today I wanted to help fill out your lists with some of our family's favorite Autumn-themed books! Our Autumn Book Basket is really a figurative basket at the moment, as currently it's a messy pile on our nightstand, hehe. When I get a spare minute, I plan on picking up an actual lovely basket that can successfully hold our ever growing pile of Autumn books!

We have a 2.5 yro toddler in the house who, thankfully, loves to read! So most nights before bed, we all snuggle in and read a small pile of books. Some nights her attention span is greater than others, but I enjoy a lot of the books as well. So even on the nights where it feels like I'm just reading to myself, that's fine by me :) I have to confess that I'm a stickler for beautiful illustrations, even in children's books, or perhaps especially in children's books! However, some of these books I did pick out with purely my toddler's favorite things in mind. So! Without further ado, let me share my list with you! In no particular order...

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber
A simple book about different types of leaves- their different shapes and colors. Vibrant colors and very pretty illustrations.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein
A great book for younger toddlers. We have the board book version. A tale about a bear who is concerned about the leaves all falling off the trees. Our little one loves bears and leaves, so this was a big hit with her!

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Another book about woodland creatures being concerned about the leaves falling off the tree, in this case it's a little fox. The book details his valiant efforts to keep the leaves on the trees. Very cute, and our wee one loves the final page where there's shimmery snow on the tree. Great for the older toddler.

A Pumpkin Prayer by Amy Parker
One in a series of holiday prayer books by the author. Bright, fun illustrations perfect for little ones, and I'm a big fan of the cute little mice throughout this shaped board book! Great for even the youngest toddler.

My Happy Pumpkin by Crystal Bowman
Another book that's part of a holiday series of God-focused shaped board books. This one goes through different autumn traditions while pointing out God's love for us. Another book with bright, fun illustrations.

The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
This is my favorite series of holiday board books with a God-focus. We have many of her other books for other seasons as well. This one focuses on a how a farmer grows a pumpkin and turns it into a beautiful shining jack-o-lantern, just as God's love fills our heart with light and joy. Great for older toddlers.

Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch by Beatrix Potter
This is a nostalgic book for me as I grew up having been read Peter Rabbit by my parents! As usual, this one shares a story of the naughty Peter Rabbit sneaking into Mr. McGregor's garden, this time to nibble on the autumn veggies! Trouble ensues and Peter scrambles to find his way home. Great for the older toddler.

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
The Biscuit books are all a big hit in this puppy-loving household. Any book that involves pumpkins is also a great hit! Simple language suitable for even the youngest toddlers, this book regales us with Biscuit's escapades as he explores the pumpkin patch. Always cute books from this series!

Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman
A cute black and white illustrated story about a squirrel on a quest. Young Earl learns the easy and the hard way how to best find his very own acorns to bring home to his mama. Earl's special red scarf pops against the monotone illustration colorings.

 Love Fall! by Alison Inches
Our little one still loves touch-and-feel board books. This one provides a variety of textures that aren't often found in your standard touch-and-feel. Bright and fun illustrations are great for even the youngest of toddlers.

The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
A true illustration beauty in this book, and not readily found in bookstores unfortunately. Beautiful illustrations in fall colors back the fun rhyming of the text. Each page's text builds cumulatively on the previous pages' words creating a long poem by the end of the book. A true gem!

Tractor Mac Harvest Time by Billy Steers
Our little one is a little bit country, so she loves tractors! Needless to say this is an enjoyable read for her and me too! A fun story about two tractors who wish for a chance to trade places- and get that chance! Very fun autumn book.

Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
When I think of fall, I think of owls. This is a super cute book about a young owl exploring the evening. Whimsical illustrations and simple text make this a great book for toddlers both young and old. Great for learning new animals too! This is a new book this year, and it might be my favorite!

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Another owl book that both I and our little one loves! Super pretty illustrations back the text about three baby birds waiting for their mama to come back to the nest. They speculate as to where she might be and when she might return. Cute little read.

Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky
Beautiful illustrations back up the lovely text regaling the reader of the story of a bear settling into the forest for his long winter's nap. Our little one loves "growling" at the bobcat on the page where the bear growls, hehe. A very lovely book.

Tinkerbell Fun in the Leaves by Disney
Super simple text in this short board book, but a must for any Tinkerbell fan. Our little one still loves it, even though we read through it in about 30 seconds! The fairies talk about the beauty of autumn. I found our copy in Michaels, I believe, in their dollar section.

Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles by Jennifer Adams
OK, so Sherlock Holmes isn't explicitly "autumn" themed, but it has that feel to it, don't ya think? Well, we do :) This is one of many books in the BabyLit series- a neat take on classic literature that super simplifies the reads for babies/toddlers. Good for the younger toddlers, and the whimsical illustrations are still fun for any age.

Disney Fairies Storybook Collection by Disney
Another Tinkerbell story, well really a collection of many stories! There's a few that occur during the fall season, such as "So Long, Pixie Hollow," "A Glowing Team," and "Rosetta's Bashful Bloom." Best for the older toddler, as it is a bit light on the illustrations and heavy on the text. A great collection of stories for the Tinkerbell lover though!

Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss
While not explicitly "autumn" themed, anything apple-related seems fall-esque to me! I will admit, my DH and I do not care for this book, but the little one has loved it since before she could talk! The illustrations are not done by Dr. Seuss, which is our main gripe. The text is simple enough for toddlers of any age. It regales us of a story of three animals that compete to see who can carry the most apples on his head, and competition and chaos ensue!

Those are the books that we currently own and enjoy! Below are some additional books that are on our wish list to get either later this fall or next year. Do you own any of these? Are they favorites in your family? Do you have any favorites that I missed? I hope today's post has inspired you to add a few of these books to your Autumn lists of things to do, or pick up other autumn books that catch your eye!

Bear Snores On (The Bear Books)

The Lonely Scarecrow

The Littlest Owl

The Little Yellow Leaf

When The Leaf Blew In

Otis and the Scarecrow

Fall Leaves

Autumn is here!

By the Light of the Harvest Moon

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

One Red Apple

Hibernation Station

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