books, Fall

Fall Leaves Stories

Fall Leaves Stories for preschoolers
Fall Leaves Stories

Fall is a magical time when the leaves on trees change colors and eventually fall off the branches. Looking at the beautiful colors and collecting leaves are lots of fun! Preschoolers love to explore and naturally curious about the world around. Read these stories about the changing of the leaves and learn why trees lose their leaves in the fall.

7 Fall Leaves Stories:

1. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert–

This book is a visual treat! The pictures are actual leaves and Lois Ehlert’s signature die-cut pages are fantastic. Leaf Man is beautiful tribute to nature and preschoolers will delight in Leaf Man’s wind-blown adventures.

Leaf Trouble book

2. Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett–

Learn about the changing of seasons with two cute little squirrels in this story. Worried about the falling leaves, a brother and sister squirrel unsuccessfully try to put the leaves back on the tree. Mommy squirrel teaches them all about fall and reassures them that new leaves will grow in the springtime.

"When the Leaf Blew In" book

3. When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger–

This fun picture book is about an autumn leaf blows that into a barn causing a cow to sneeze. The sneeze sets off a series of barnyard events in this silly tale that will have preschoolers asking you to reread it over and over again! Be sure to check your library for this one!

4. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger —

This rhyming story is a fun, leaf-hunting adventure. Preschoolers love Steve Metzger’s books and the silly sound effects that he skillfully incorporates into the story. This one will become a fall-favorite! Have your own leaf hunt after the story to continue the fun!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

5. There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro–

The silly old lady is back in this fall-themed story. She goes on a stomach-filling journey, gobbling up fall-themed items (a pumpkin, a rope, and some leaves). Preschoolers will laugh away at all of the silliness going on in this book!

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

6. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson–

In this beautifully illustrated book, we meet a young fox named Fletcher who is unaware that some trees lose their leaves in the fall. Fletcher is determined to save the leaves from falling off of his favorite tree. Unfortunately each one of his ideas fail to keep the leaves on the tree. After the last leaf falls off the tree, Fletcher carries the little leaf home to his den. He puts it into a nice cozy bed for the night. When he returns to his tree in the early morning, a beautiful sight is waiting for him. His tree is covered in sparkling icicles! His tree reassures him that all is fine and that Fletcher is free to enjoy the beauty in front of him without worry for his tree.

"The Leaf Thief"

7. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming–

Every day Squirrel counts the leaves on his tree. One day, a leaf goes missing and Squirrel sets off to find the missing leaf. Along the way, Bird joins in and the two friends discover who the mysterious leaf thief is! This is a beautifully illustrated story about the natural changes that occur in the fall season.

Disclaimer:

Check your library for these and other fall leaves stories. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

LEAF STICK PUPPET

Continue the leaf fun by making Leaf Stick Puppets–Go on a leaf hunt and collect leaves to make your stick puppet pals.

books, STEM

Robot Books

Robot Books for preschoolers
Robot Books

My son is really interested in robots and we have been searching our library for robot books. We found some awesome ones and some that really didn’t keep my son’s interest. We’ve rounded up the best ones (in our opinions) to share with you!

9 Great Robot Books

Spacebot

1. Spacebot by Mike Twohy—

My son LOVES this book! He actually clapped after I read it to him! A mysterious UFO lands in Dog’s backyard. A robot space dog appears and Dog is excited to someone who looks like a dog. However, it is the household appliances that the visitor is here for, and they come to life and start to fly around! When play time is over, the appliances return home. Poor Dog feels left out of the fun! Robot space dog gives Dog a special nose and now it is Dog’s turn for adventure! This poetic, rhyming book is absolutely amazing. The story and the pictures will capture your child’s imagination.

Doug Unplugs on the Farm

2. Doug Unplugs on the Farm by Dan Yaccarino—

Doug and his robot family are traveling through the countryside to visit Doug’s grandbots. The family plugs into the car to receive knowledge about farms. Doug gets lots of interesting farm facts. However, when the car gets stuck and Doug gets to explore an actual farm he finds that hands-on experiences are way cool! Doug combines his new knowledge with the farm facts that he learned to help free the family car.

3. Go, Otto, Go by David Milgrim—

The adventures of Otto the robot are sure to delight the preschool crowd. Otto is a space robot visiting Earth. Otto misses his family so he builds a robot to take him. Read this funny story to find out if he make the spaceship fly. Otto has several more books, each one sparsely worded with humorous pictures!

Robots, Robots Everywhere!

4. Robots, Robots Everywhere by Sue Fliess—

In this awesomely illustrated story, we learn how robots are such a huge part of our lives! Robots are in our house, in factories, in the ocean, and even in space — robots are everywhere! Preschoolers will enjoy the rhyming text and might even start thinking of places where they’ve seen robots too.

Pete the Cat: Robo-Pete

5. Pete the Cat: Robo-Pete by James Dean —

This book combines preschoolers’ love of Pete the Cat with their love of robots for a story they are sure to enjoy! When Pete’s friends do not want to play the same things he does, Pete builds a robot to play with him. The fun doesn’t last long when Robo-Pete gets out of control! Pete learns that you can’t replace good friends. So even if his friends don’t always want to play the same thing, playing with good friends is fun anyway.

Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

6. Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara—

Loosely based on The Three Little Pigs story, this book is a giggle-inducing space and robot adventure. The little aliens set out to build themselves homes, only to have the big, bad robot knock down the first two homes. Will the aliens be safe in a house made of bricks with solar panels and a telescope? Great tool for learning about the planets and interstellar travel! This book is little on the long side and may not be ideal for wiggly kiddos; parents can skip parts to make it shorter if needed.

Love, Z

7. Love, Z by Jessie Sima–

A young robot discovers a message in a bottle that is signed “Love, Beatrice.” The robot asks the older robots what love is. “Does not compute” they reply as they read the young robot its favorite bedtime story, tuck it in, turn on a nightlight, and give a goodnight kiss. The young robot sets on an adventure to find Beatrice and learn the meaning of love. Along its travels it finds other animals and people who try their best to explain what love means to them, but none of these explanations compute. Finally, the robot meets Beatrice. Beatrice says that love makes her feel safe and cozy and cared for. The young robot realizes that he knows that feeling! Now he has a name for it — love.

Red Rover; Curiosity on Mars

8. Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars by Richard Ho—

This is a non-fiction story about the Curiosity Rover on Mars. It is written in story format with lots of facts sprinkled in at an easy to understand level. We discovered this book when my son was 4-years old and he fell in love with this book! It has 2 of his favorite things: space and robots! Originally we checked it out from our library, but we ended up buying this one. The pictures are fantastic and my son learned so much about Mars and the Rovers! This lead us to explore Nasa Kids Club, which has tons of kid-friendly space information, games, STEM activities, and things to make at home.

Boy Plus Bot

9. Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman —

You are going to love this sweet story about a boy and robot. After the two meet and spend a day playing, Bot powers down. The boy thinks Bot is sick and tries all of the usual home remedies to help his friend feel better. Unfortunately nothing works. The boy eventually falls asleep next to Bot. When Bot powers back on, it thinks the boy is sick! Bot tries all of the usual robot remedies, but none of them help the boy. The wakes up and both are well and ready to resume playing!

robot picture

Check your library for these and other robot books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading:)

Take a look at this cute little Robot rhyme:

Fall, Halloween

Pumpkin Books

Preschool Pumpkin Books
Preschool Pumpkin Books

My son loves Halloween and I love pumpkin spice, so pumpkin stories are a natural fit for us! We own a few of these and have checked out the rest from the library. Check your library for these pumpkin books too! It was hard to narrow our choices down to a dozen, but I didn’t want this post to be too long 🙂 We hope you and your preschooler will enjoy these pumpkin books as much as we do!

Splat the cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

1.Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan by Catherine Hapka–

Splat is a good-intentioned, lovable kitten who finds himself searching for the perfect pumpkin for his mom. He and his mouse friend, Seymour, scour the pumpkin patch, but none of the pumpkins are quite right until Splat finds a gigantic, round orange pumpkin! How is Splat going to get this huge pumpkin home? Well he’s going to roll it all the way home by running on top of it, of course!!! Your preschooler will love Splat’s runaway, rolling pumpkin and sympathize with his quest for the perfect pumpkin.

Christopher Pumpkin

2.Christopher Pumpkin by Sue Hendra–

Christopher Pumpkin is the cutest pumpkin! Created by a witch to help get ready for a scary party, Christopher Pumpkin struggles to do anything the way witch wants. Christopher P. likes pink and sparkles and unicorns, not scary, spooky stuff. The witch gives him one more chance to do something scary or else she’s going to cook him. Will Christopher be able to turn his sparkly, cutesy decorating style into something scary? Check this one out from your library and find out! Told in a rhyming style, with bold, bright illustrations, preschoolers will love reading this one over-and-over again!

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin

3.Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills–

I adore Duck and Goose. They have the best friendship and such sweet adventures together. In this short, sparsely worded story, Duck and Goose go looking for a pumpkin in very unusual places. Your preschooler will giggle as they look for a pumpkin in a lake and on top of a tree stump. Fortunately, their friend, Thistle, comes along and tells them about the pumpkin patch 🙂 (non-holiday story)

Too Many Pumpkins

4.Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White–

This story is about a woman who HATES pumpkins! She won’t even look at them. So when a truck accidently spills pumpkins in her yard, she does everything she can think of to keep them from growing. The pumpkins, however, thrive in her yard. When fall comes, she finds that she has too many pumpkins! The woman devises a great plan to get rid of the pumpkins and along the way, ends up making new friends with her community 🙂 This sweet story is perfect for fall / Halloween and a heartwarming display of the joy of sharing and connecting with others.

The Runaway Pumpkin

5.The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis–

In this funny story, siblings Buck, Billy, and Lil, go up a hill search of a big pumpkin. The one they find is gigantic and soon, they have it rolling down the hill and destroying everything in its path. The family members below are too intrigued by dreaming of eating eat it to be concerned about the damage its causing. It finally comes to a stop and Granny turns this gigantic pumpkin into a whole bunch of yummy pumpkin foods for a Halloween feast.

Pumpkin soup

6.Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper–

Duck, Cat, and Squirrel and three good friends who like to make pumpkin soup together. Everyone has a specific job to do. One day, Duck decides he wants to switch jobs, which leads to a fight among the friends. Duck leaves in a huff. Soon Cat and Squirrel go in search of their friend. Will Duck want to come back and make soup with them? Kids will love Cooper’s illustrations and enjoy going on the fall journey with these characters. The book also includes a recipe for pumpkin soup that you and your kiddo can make together! (non-holiday story)

Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

7.The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain–

I loved the Berenstain Bears when I was a kid and I’m excited the their books are still available so I can share them with my son! In this Thanksgiving-themed story, the Berenstain Bears are entering the pumpkin contest. Of course the cubs and Papa really want to win first prize! Mama Bear gently tries to teach Papa and the cubs about the true meaning of Thanksgiving, but the bears are too consumed with the idea of winning to listen. When the family doesn’t win first prize, the Bears begin to understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving and being thankful for what they do have.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

8.The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll–

This is the story of two little mice who unknowingly fall in love with the same pumpkin! One wants to make the biggest Jack-o-lantern and the other wants to win the town’s biggest pumpkin prize. When they realize that they have both picked the same pumpkin, the mice work together to help it grow.

A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster

9.A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster by Amy Young —

Lucy and Sparkle have fun doing autumn things together. They visit a pumpkin patch, explore a corn maze, and play games. Things get a little too spooky for Sparkle, who is afraid of a pumpkin monster. Lucy, who enjoys being scared, learns that not everyone likes to be a little scared. This is a sweet story about two friends who learn to respect one another’s feelings. Plus it ends with an awesome rainbow from Sparkle’s magic horn and yummy treats for the friends to enjoy together.

Pumpkin Trouble

10.Pumkpin Trouble by Jan Thomas–

This short book will bring out the giggles as farmyard friends run from the pumpkin monster! Wait a minute, did that pumpkin just quack? Slapstick comedy, bright illustrations, and a confused duck make this book a preschool winner 🙂

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins

11.Pete the Cat: the Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean–

Preschoolers’ favorite cat, Pete the Cat, brings the pumpkin finger rhyme to bedtime in this fun book. Count along with these cool, rhyming pumpkins sitting on a gate. Kids will love the pumpkins’ costumes and the fantastic Halloween illustrations!

12.The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiane–

The Disney Jr. Halloween movie started as a book! This is a sweet story about a square pumpkin who just doesn’t seem to fit in the with round pumpkins in the patch. The round pumpkins make fun of Spookley for looking different. But one Halloween, a storm starts blowing the round pumpkins all over the place! Oh no, there is a hole in the fence. Will they roll right out into the bay? It’s up to Spookley, the square pumpkin to save the day. Preschoolers will enjoy this rhyming story and will be keeping an eye out for a square pumpkin next time you go to a pumpkin patch.

More Books!

I hope you and your preschooler enjoy these pumpkin books! There are so many pumpkin books available that we love, and we hard a hard time narrowing down our choices for this list.

Looking for more great stories to read together? Check out my FALL favorites, ZOMBIE book recommendations, 12 MONSTER Stories post, and my GHOST Stories for preschoolers.

I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and more Pumpkins!

Make Pumpkin Fizz

Pumpkin Fizz

Incorporate fun, seasonal STEM activities into your preschooler’s education with this fun, fall-themed science experiment.

Pumpkin Find the Differences

Pumpkin-themed Find the Differences worksheet

It’s time to put your observation skills to work! Can you find 5 differences between these 2 pumpkin scenes?

Pumpkin Handprint Craft

I love handprint crafts! They preserve your little one’s prints and you get to look back at them and ooh and ahh over how little and cute they were 🙂

Five Little Pumpkins Finger Rhyme–