If you have been around Smart Simple Homeschool for a more than a minute, you know that I teach all comprehension strategies using picture books – yes, even to middle school and high school students. There is something powerful about picture books that allow us to process deeply and interact more completely during instructional times than when we try to use a chapter book or even a chapter from a book. If I were to conject as to why this happens, I would probably say that picture books allow us to go back, to free ourselves from inhibitions and the length allow us to focus more on the strategy than on the text itself. Alas, I digress. Back to the whole point of today’s post – fall picture books. The changing season give us the perfect chance to pull out a new pile of books and talk through some new or old favorites. Here are our recommendations to get you started.

  1. The Fox and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
  2. Lionel in the Fall by Stephen Krensky
  3. Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever by Steven Kroll
  4. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  5. Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
  6. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
  7. Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler
  8. Leaf Man by Lois Elhert
  9. Sweep by Louise Greig
  10. Why Do Leaves Change Color by Betsy Maestro
  11. A Tree for All Seasons by Robin Bernard
  12. The Fox Went Out on A Chilly Night by Peter Spier

Happy reading. Until next time, keep it smart. Keep it simple.