Imagine books falling from the sky like leaves drifting down and swirling as the wind picks up and the temperature dips. It is this time of year, filled with hay rides and pumpkin picking, that our sense of how we fit into the cycle of life heightens. In such a world, the most beautiful book to pick up is Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland. With the words, “When summer leaves…” we meet a red-headed brother and sister on the porch of their tree house, surrounded by a lush watercolor landscape. Turn the page and the large type reads “Fall Arrives” with the explanation, “In our universe, everything is always moving.” A concise and poetic description follows about how the sun’s light ebbs and flows creating the cycle of days, nights, seasons and years. Each page plays with the words “leave” and “fall” and their multiple meanings. As the birds leave, rain falls, flowers leave, apples fall, and leaves fall, we move through autumn.
Other seasonal offerings include A Tree for All Seasons by Maryse Guittet. This board book, shaped like a tree, explores the seasons with little flaps which hide animals. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf follows a young girl who makes a squash her pet and Fall Ball by Peter McCarty celebrates football season. For an elementary school child, choose The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly about an 11-year-old girl who loves books and science growing up in Texas in 1899. She befriends her naturalist grandfather and together they investigate the theories of Charles Darwin much to the consternation of her family.
With so many books to chose from, perhaps you won’t mind the shortening days and brisker weather. There is something to be said for curling up under a warm blanket with some hot apple cider and taking a moment to capture the spirit of autumn in a great book.
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