In the golden embrace of autumn, as leaves gently descend and the air turns crisp, I invite you to immerse yourself in the magic of fall with a curated collection of books that capture the essence of the season. Following the heartwarming success of my Family Book Club, I'm excited to share this autumnal literary adventure with you and your family.

Why autumnal books, you might wonder? Picture this: Cozy evenings by the fireplace, wrapped in warm blankets, and sharing tales that whisk you away to pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and colorful forest adventures. These books help your family connect with the beauty of autumn, its vibrant foliage, cherished traditions like apple picking, and the simple pleasures of fall, from savoring a warm cup of cider to crunching leaves beneath your feet. They instill a deep appreciation for the changing seasons and offer opportunities to create your own memorable autumn traditions. You'll invite the spirit of fall into your home, creating lasting memories and a deeper connection as a family. It's a small but meaningful way to slow down, savor the beauty of the season, and celebrate the joys of autumn. Ready to dive in? Start by choosing a book that resonates with your family's interests and age group and let the magic of autumn unfold one page at a time!

"Leaf Man"

  • Author: Lois Ehlert
  • Summary: Follow the whimsical journey of a leaf man as he drifts through the autumn landscape, showcasing the artistry of fallen leaves.
  • Age Range: Preschool to early elementary

Discussion Questions:

  • What shapes and images can you find in the fallen leaves around our neighborhood or in a local park?
  • How does the changing scenery of fall make you feel, and why do you think autumn is so special?
  • Can we create our own leaf-inspired art or craft projects to celebrate the season?

"Apple Farmer Annie"

  • Author: Monica Wellington
  • Summary: Join Annie, an apple farmer, as she takes you through the process of growing and harvesting apples on her farm during the fall season.
  • Age Range: Preschool to early elementary

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some of your favorite apple treats, and can we try making one together, just like Annie does?
  • How does the story of Annie and her farm inspire us to appreciate the hard work of farmers during harvest season?
  • What other fall fruits and vegetables do you enjoy, and how can we incorporate them into our meals?


  • Author: Michael Hall
  • Summary: Explore the magic of leaves and their transformations throughout the fall season, celebrating the wonder of nature's cycle.
  • Age Range: Early to late elementary

Discussion Questions:

  • What does the concept of transformation mean to you, and how can we embrace change as beautifully as the leaves in the story?
  • How can we use our creativity to capture the colors and shapes of fall in our own artwork or photography?
  • What other aspects of nature in the fall captivate you, and how can we experience them together?

"The Night Gardener"

  • Author: The Fan Brothers
  • Summary: Follow William as he discovers the enchanting world of the Night Gardener, who transforms his drab town into a magical, autumnal wonderland.
  • Age Range: Late elementary to middle school

Discussion Questions:

  • How does the story inspire us to bring creativity and beauty to our own surroundings, especially during the fall season?
  • What are some ways we can give back to our community and make it a better place, just like the Night Gardener?
  • How can we incorporate the spirit of gratitude and giving into our fall traditions?

"The Halloween Tree"

  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • Summary: Join a group of friends on a time-traveling adventure to explore the history and significance of Halloween traditions, celebrating the magic of the season.
  • Age Range: Middle school and beyond

Discussion Questions:

  • How do the characters' journey and discoveries relate to our own traditions and understanding of Halloween?
  • What aspects of Halloween do you find most intriguing or mysterious, and how can we explore them further?
  • How can we create our own unique Halloween traditions and celebrations that bring us closer as a family?