Autumn booklist

A selection of books featuring squirells, hedgehogs, witches, fairies and more. The seasonal theme should encourage your child to get reading this autumn.

Baby to 3

Guess How Much I Love You in the Autumn Guess How Much I Love You in the Autumn
Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, from the popular picture book Guess How Much I Love You, return for Autumn. A lovely story to read with your baby which is seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated.

Busy Farm Busy Farm
Rebecca Finn

There's so much to see and do on this busy farm! You can meet the farmyard animals, help the farmer baling hay and join in with rounding up the sheep at bedtime. Full of delightful detail and magical mechanisms, this is the perfect book for keeping busy hands and busy minds entertained for hours.

Age 3 to 5

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter's famous tale of a naughty squirrel who loses his tail, as he, his brother Twinkleberry and all his cousins make their way over to Owl Island to gather nuts. See what happens when Old Brown, the terrifying owl guardian of the island decides he has had enough of silly Nutkin's cheekiness! 

Pumpkin Soup Pumpkin Soup
Helen Cooper

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.

The Very Helpful Hedgehog The Very Helpful Hedgehog
Rosie Wellesley

Every single creature- from whales, dolphins, crabs, and jellyfish- are moving and grooving in the deep blue sea to this lyrical and rhyming verse book from Giles Andreae. Join in the commotion of the ocean and wiggle along with your child too.

Ferdie and the Falling Leaves Ferdie and the Falling Leaves
Julia Rawlinson

Ferdie's very worried. His beautiful tree is losing its leaves. Ferdie tries everything he can to save them, but it's just no use. When the final leaf has 'plopped' off, Ferdie feels all hope has gone... until he goes back the next day and a glorious sight awaits him!

Scaredy Squirrel Scaredy Squirrel
Melanie Watt

It's tough being a squirrel. There are dangers all around - germs, green martians, sharks. But Scaredy Squirrel is well prepared - or thinks he is. He's packed an Emergency Kit with anti-bacterial soap, sticking plaster and a parachute. A fun book to read with your pre-schooler.

Age 5 to 7

Autumn (The Changing Seasons) Autumn (The Changing Seasons)
Paul Humphrey

In this book find out about all the things that happen during the wet and windy months of autumn. Part of 'The Changing Seasons' series, this book looks at how plants, animals and people adapt to the different seasons with simple text and large photographs. Each book also features project ideas and useful teaching and literacy notes for teachers or parents.

Leaf Man Leaf Man
Lois Ehlert

A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him. With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.

The Wild Woods The Wild Woods
Simon James

Grandad and Jess are walking together in the woods when they see a squirrel pass by. Jess wants to take it home with her as a pet, but Grandad says that you can't tame a squirrel. As Jess follows the creature deeper into the woods, she discovers more natural wonders and comes to understand that her grandad is right – the squirrel's proper home is the wild woods.

Trixie the Halloween Fairy Trixie the Halloween Fairy
Daisy Meadows

Trixie the Halloween Fairy makes sure that Halloween is fun-filled and exciting for everyone! But when a gang of greedy goblins steal Trixie's Enchanted Sweets, all Halloween plans are thrown into chaos. Can Kirsty and Rachel help Trixie find the Enchanted Sweets before this special day is ruined for everyone?

Age 7 to 11

The Worst Witch The Worst Witch
Jill Murphy

Follow Mildred Hubble, the worst student at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches through her journey at school in this first in the series. Mildred is well-meaning but does things without thinking. The benevolent headmistress, Miss Cackle, is generally understanding, whereas Mildred's form teacher Miss Hardbroom thinks she just isn't trying hard enough…

The Wild Weather Book The Wild Weather Book
Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield

So what if summer is over?! Here are some wonderful ideas for fun outdoors even in the most challenging weather!
Imagine - jumping in the biggest puddle you can find!

- Or running up the nearest hill to feel the wind try to carry you away!
- Or going on an animal hunt and find the creatures that come out in the wet.
When it’s wet, or windy or cold, there’s no need to stay cooped up indoors; it’s a great opportunity to rush outside for some fun.

Autumn Autumn
Katy Pike

One of a series of books for each of the four seasons created to make information accessible to young readers. Large, exciting photographs draw readers into the text and get them thinking about the topic with text suited to different reading abilities. The books incorporate all the features of non-fiction texts that pupils are now required to study in their literacy lessons e.g. a contents list, diagrams, charts, captions, informational text, a glossary and an index.

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