Hey there, incredible parents! Can we all agree that there’s something magical about cuddling up with your kiddo, a cozy blanket, and a stack of heartwarming books, especially when the air turns crisp and the leaves start to fall? Fall is upon us, y’all, and I’ve got a rockstar lineup of books that’ll make this season extra special for your preschooler! These Forest Animal books are some of our personal family favorites!

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The Must-Reads 🌟

1. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Educational Tip: Use this book to discuss the changing seasons and the feelings of letting go. After reading, collect leaves and sort them by color or size!

2. Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

Engagement Tip: Act out scenes from the book with your own DIY scarecrow at home. Talk about emotions and friendships!

3. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Educational Tip: Discuss the life cycle of trees and plants. Create an art project to show how trees change throughout the year!

4. The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown

Engagement Tip: Play a swapping game similar to the story. It’s a great way to teach about sharing and trade-offs!

5. Tree Full of Wonder by Anna Smithers

Educational Tip: Use this book to delve into counting and the idea of gratitude. How many wonders can your child name?

6. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming

Engagement Tip: Create leaf art after reading. Get those tiny hands crafting and chatting about their artwork!

7. Are You There Fox?

Educational Tip: Explore sounds and habitats. Mimic animal sounds for an auditory experience!

8. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Educational Tip: Talk about family dynamics and the concept of home. Create your own owl family with clay or paper!

9. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Engagement Tip: Pair it with a scavenger hunt around your yard to find nuts or leaves!

10. Yum Yummy Yuck by Amanda Jane Jones

Educational Tip: Discuss healthy eating and why some things should not go into our mouths.

11. The Girl and the Wolf by Katherena Vermette

Engagement Tip: Discuss intuition and listening to your own feelings. Create a story where your child gets to make choices for the characters!

12. In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Educational Tip: Use this book to introduce poetry and rhythm. Create your own fall poems!

13. Flip Flap Fly by Phyllis Root

Engagement Tip: This is a great book to get those little bodies moving. Act out the animal movements!

14. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Educational Tip: Make an apple or pumpkin recipe after reading. Hello, hands-on science lesson!

15. A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn

Engagement Tip: Discuss emotions and create your own “kissing hand” ritual for your family.

16. Squeak! by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Educational Tip: Explore the sounds that various animals make and relate it to their habitats.

17. This is Owl by Libby Walden

Engagement Tip: Use this interactive book to discuss directions and encourage physical interaction with the book.

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Cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice, and all things nice — that’s what fall reads are made of! So grab a cup of cocoa, a blanket, and let’s get reading. Because there’s no better time than fall to fall in love with reading!

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