Autumn is a lovely time to read to children and talk about nature. There is so much to learn about the seasons and the very visible changes that occur all around us. We know that so many of you use books in your setups and we get tagged in so many wonderful ideas that we felt it would be great to share your most popular books for Autumn book inspiration.

Autumn Book Inspiration Ideas

Leaf Man

A man-made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him.

"I was looking for an autumn themed book to capture the attention and imagination of my early years class. Boy, this was it!

This book is definitely more about the illustrations than the words, but they are so captivating and spark amazing conversations, so it really didn’t matter.

The children loved following Leaf Man on his journey, which they thought may have ended in our garden! This led us on a Leaf Man hunt. We collected leaves and made our own Leaf Man pictures!

Would definitely recommend this one for the classroom!" A Wilson (via Amazon)

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

There are lots of beautiful fall leaves to find! Three friends have a big adventure hiking over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. What will they do with all their leaves at the end of the story? Jump and play in them, of course!

With easy rhyming text and fun sound effects, children will delight in this rollicking autumn story.

'My class loved this book! Lovely pictures and we then went on our own leaf hunt, great to discuss the different trees and leaves throughout autumn." EmsBrods (via amazon).

Pumpkin Soup

Cat, Duck and Squirrel live in an old white cabin, with a pumpkin patch in the garden. Every day Cat slices up some pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in some water and Duck tips in some salt to make perfect pumpkin soup... until the day Duck wants to do the stirring...
A funny, rhythmical story about friendship and sharing, with fabulous animal characters, illustrated in glowing autumnal colours.

Because of an Acorn

Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.

Autumn Story - Brambley Hedge

Bad weather is on the way and the autumn stores are still not gathered in!

Quickly, all the mice of Brambly Hedge set to work to finish the harvesting before the rain begins. Primrose, Lord Woodmouse's daughter, meant to help, but somehow she daydreamed her way over the cornfield and into the Chestnut Woods, and before she knew it, she was lost. The sun went down, the wind rose and it began to rain. Primrose was all alone in the dark and she was frightened.

Poor Primrose, would she find her way home again?


Watch six breathtaking landscapes from around the world transform in front of your eyes, in this beautifully illustrated book. With simple facts about the wildlife and plants that change through every season, this is the perfect book for all nature lovers.


Ed's bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all.
But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town.
Can Ed sweep his troubles away?

A wonderful bedtime story for children aged 3 years and up, perfect for helping children learn to recognise and deal with big emotions.


Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right?

Lush foliage and delightful characters abound in this cautionary tale of overenthusiastic neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The freshness of the illustrations and the many comic details make this a very special book. Once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave.


Readers of all ages will enjoy the timeless wonder of autumn leaves in this amazing new pop-up book from paper engineer Yoojin Kim--her first--teamed with award-winning author Janet Lawler and artist Lindsay Dale-Scott. This book, which can be considered a seasonal companion with Jumping Jack Press' all-time best seller and award winning, Snowflakes, includes amazing pop-ups, educational information, and delightful interactive elements that offer change and surprise on every page in this lyrical look at Autumn.


Explore AUTUMN in the forest with this lively, interactive Lift-a-Flap Surprise board book! Little ones will love learning all about fall fun in the forest while following an adorable little chipmunk busy collecting walnuts, acorns, and buckeyes in preparation for winter. The pumpkins are growing, the trees are full of apples, and pears are ready for gathering. Nuts of all kinds have covered the forest floor. And one little chipmunk is snug in its burrow. What a wonderful day to be a chipmunk in the forest! A perfect way to celebrate the season with your toddler!

The Leaf Thief

Squirrel is so cross.

Yesterday there were loads of beautiful leaves on his tree, but today? Today some are missing and Squirrel is convinced that someone has stolen them...there's a leaf thief on the loose!

Join Squirrel on a mission to find the culprit, and meet so many fun animals on the way, while you find out how the world takes on different colours as the months pass by. 

  • laugh-out-loud book about the changing seasons, with extra information in the back for especially curious minds
  • Perfect as a companion reader to children learning about seasons in school
  • A brilliant picture book that explores feelingsmoods and times where we feel out of control

Autumn book crate shelfie inspiration from Claire Wilson Childminder.

Such a lovely idea to set up crate shelfies for autumn. Dress each crate with an autumn story or book along with characters and relevant props from the book.

A beautiful autumnal themed story suitcase.

Cosy Autumn Books

Mother nature has the best box of crayons.

We hope that you have found this blog post useful with lots of Autumn book inspiration. Please let us know if you have a favourite that is not on this list.

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With thanks to The Cosy Creatives and Cosy Club Members for this blog post and images.