If You Find a Leaf by Aimee Sicuro

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Random House Studio

Publication Date: July 12, 2022

In this rhyming picture book, the author explores items that can be created with found autumn leaves. For example leaves can be made into a hat, kite, wheel, camp fire, part of a boat, hammock, mask, cape, balloon and much more. There are a plethora of ideas pictured that spark creativity. Illustrations show different children happily engaged. End papers introduce a variety of colorful distinctly shaped leaves labeled with their names. In the back of the book the author gives a detailed description of how to make collage. Happy Creating!

A Grand Day by author Jean Reidy and illustrator Samantha Cotterill

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books

Publication Date: July 5, 2022

Spend time with diverse grandparents and children this autumn in this rhyming picture book. There is so much to do like sleeping over, reading a story, planting, cooking, picnicking, making art, exploring the attic, exercising and more. Illustrations are vivid and infused with collage that stands out.

Henry at Home by author Megan Maynor and illustrator Alea Marley

Reading Age: 4 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Clarion Books

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Two inseparable siblings enjoy all activities together until one day she gets a backpack filled with school supplies and he does not. Younger brother, Henry, learns to embrace being apart from his older sister, Liza, when she begins school. Both share when they come together. An emotionally charged book that belongs on book shelves. Illustrations are attractive, varied and welcome viewers to the fall season.

Morris…the Downside-Up Bat by H.R. Karpes

Reading Age: 3 – 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 1

Publisher: Sky Pony

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

As a survival mechanism, Morris, a bat, learns to hang downside -up. Fellow bats find Morris odd and ostracize him. Morris keeps his spirits up and learns that he can sing. When it is time for the Halloween talent show, bats try to exclude Morris however he persists and steals the show. My Book Eyes thinks Morris is adorable in this picture book. Readers will be glad that Morris decides to be himself as he has contributions to share with the other bats.

Amara’s Farm by author JaNay Brown-Wood and illustrator Samara Hardy

Reading Age: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: 1-2

Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company

Publication Date: September 1, 2021

Amara needs a pumpkin to share with her friends at a potluck. What does a pumpkin look like? Readers learn about shape, color, size, textures and inside and outside contents of a pumpkin to make it easily distinguishable from other fruits and vegetables. The problem? On her farm, Amara has fruits and vegetables that share some attributes of pumpkins. Will she find a pumpkin in time for the potluck? At the feast, viewers are asked to find foods mentioned throughout the book.This is a wonderful picture book that educates youngsters about differences between a variety of fruits and vegetables. My Book Eyes enjoyed seeing edibles that are not often mentioned in books such as okra, kumquat, persimmon, cauliflower, fig, and kiwi. Also, illustrations include warm autumn colors and diverse characters at the potluck. A recipe is included. Many projects could be generated from this book.

My Baby Loves Halloween by author Jabari Asim and illustrator Tara Nicole Whitaker

Reading Age: Baby – 4

Grade Level: Preschool and Up

Publisher: HarperFestival

Publication Date: July 14, 2020

A child loves things associated with Halloween including the autumn season, pumpkin picking, jack-o-lantern, hayrides and costume parades to name a few. The repeat of the words “baby loves…” and the rhyming in this board book will delight youngsters. Illustrations include one family interacting with other families on some spreads. The pictures do not overwhelm and show just enough for young eyes to see.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Reading Age: 4 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Formed in a pile of leaves is a figure that resembles a man. On a gusty day, Leaf Man blows away. The storyteller wonders where Leaf Man goes and shows various scenes of where he could possibly have blown if he went east, west, north or south. One thing is for sure. Leaf Man goes where the wind blows. Much of the illustrations are creatively made out of leaves and include ducks, geese, chickens, turkey, birds, cows, turtle, fish, butterflies, dog, mouse, trees and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Included are pictures of different leaves and where they come from. My Book Eyes will always remember school bulletin boards filled will leaf art inspired by this picture book. Ms. Ehlert will be missed.

Pick a Pumpkin

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Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

This rhyming picture book begins with a mom taking two children pumpkin picking. They return home to dad and youngest sibling. The family participates in Halloween hoopla including making treats, carving pumpkins and trick or treating. Friends also get involved in the experience. Detailed descriptions in the text make this a good book to read around pumpkin carving time. Vivid illustrations set the autumn and Halloween mood.