This is the time of year when our family adventures and conversations involve pumpkins, apples, colorful leaves, and spooky stories. Autumn is often a time of harvest and a time for warming foods, comfort, and reflection. It is also a time of transition, like any other change of season, where we take some time to reflect and reassess our goals, intentions, and rhythm.
Many questions will arise with this word autumn and the change of seasons. Some of these include: Why do leaves change colors? How can it be autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere? Why does it get dark earlier? All of these questions are learning lessons in the making. The natural inquiry of life’s changes opens up a world of opportunity for discovery and fun!
My family and I embrace what nature teaches us about change, transformation, and reflection. In honor of the beauty we find in nature each day we take time to seek out those changes that indicate autumn is here. One way that we welcome autumn is through new books and rich literature that teaches and inspires.
Even if you don’t live in a place where leaves change colors or apple orchards grow you can still embrace this season of harvest through the joy of literature.
Books about autumn gives us all a chance to enjoy the beauty that is the season of fall.
As you come to learn more about Conscious Homeschooling you will know that we deeply value the connection of one’s inner healing and awareness to nature, growth, and learning. Our daily adventures are steeped in a connection to our place here on Earth and the stories that we create each day. These stories are enriched and played out from the wide variety of books that we enjoy.
Not a day goes by that we are not referencing a story that we’ve recently read or enjoyed in the past. In this post I want to share with you my top five favorite books about Autumn and how we’ve used them to enrich our educational journey.
So what are you waiting for? Grab these books and soak up the natural transformation that is autumn right before your eyes!
Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun (Season Facts and Fun) By Bruce Goldstone
One of the reasons that my kids and I love this book is that uses vibrant real life photographs that truly capture the beauty of autumn. It has engaging descriptions and easy to implement craft ideas for those of you looking for some hands-on activities.
If you are looking for a book that gives a clear, concise explanation of why leaves change color and the role that chlorophyll plays in the life of plants then this book is it! The visual aides provide easy to discern, scientific drawings of the inside of leaves with labels. The explanations are quite scientific though not so complex that it would be hard for young readers to comprehend.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
A girl and her dog walk through the streets of her community. She notices autumn and its beauty all around. The illustrations are the one element of this book that really captivate us. We spent a few minutes on each page noticing the colors, shapes, patterns, and styles.
Our family recognizes how nature, learning, and change are deeply interwoven. This book takes the cake for illustrating this interconnectedness so elegantly. In this story you can see clearly the relationship and interaction between all living things in an ecosystem. The concept can be discussed more simply for a younger audience yet extended to a more complex level for an older audience.
This simply yet eloquently written book describes how trees are born from a simple seed that soon sprouts, grows roots into the ground and stems that reach to the sky. It sparked inquiries around how seeds know to grow roots down and stems up. It also inspired us to start measuring the growth of some of our own sprouts!
In this story, Beth Ferry uses lyrical rhymes to describe the life of a lonely scarecrow who sadly has trouble finding animals who will befriend him because they believe he is too scary. Until one day a baby crow falls nearby which provides the scarecrow with an opportunity to show that he is not actually scary. He is really a kind, loving and empathetic scarecrow who wants a friend. He cares for the crow and in doing so a friendship blossoms. My children and I loved this story for it opened up conversations about kindness, friendship, and the importance of seeing one another beyond appearances.
Please share your favorite books below! Enjoy!
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