Sarah Pinneo Pragmatic Mom best fall autumn picture books PragmaticMom

7 Exceptional Picture Books for Fall

Best Picture Books Celebrating Autumn

Please welcome return guest author Sarah Pinneo. I love her picture book selections and many are new to me. They all have a wonderful autumnal, rustic-living-in-the-country feel. Are you ready for Fall? It’s come so fast! What are your favorite picture books that you are reading that evoke this time of year? Please share!


I keep many of picture books in seasonal rotation, which helps to set a nice tone, and also prevents anyone from asking me to read Frosty in July. Though it takes some of our favorites out of circulation for a while, we are always happy to see them come down again off the high shelf. The following picture books are such winners that my 6yo and 8yo are happy to see them even though my boys are now elder-statesmen of the picture book world.


Barn Dance by Bill Martin Jr. brings out this writer’s rhythmic side. The picture of the “skinny kid” dancing with the goat is a family favorite.

When the Frost is On the Punkin’ by James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) is a dialect poem. Find this one at your local library.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White is a terribly charming (and not at all scary) Halloween story. What other book contains the phrase “slimy pumpkin smithereens?”

The Ox Cart Man by decorated poet and memoirist Donald Hall won the 1980 Caldecott Medal, yet feels timeless still.

It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky is perhaps the best of his seasonally themed poetry collections. There are illustrations of goblins, etc, but they all look very, very friendly.

Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth is another outstandingly painted, fascinated tale featuring that deep, unpredictable panda, Stillwater. For older children.

County Fair by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Did you know that there were picture books staring Laura, Mary & Almanzo? Someone did a very nice job of excerpting and illustrating these editions. And County Fair was always our favorite one.


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Sarah Pinneo Pragmatic Mom best fall autumn picture books PragmaticMom

Sarah Pinneo writes about food, family and fiction from Hanover, N.H. Her new novel Julia’s Child will be published in February, 2012.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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