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Wonderful Fall Read Alouds for teachers and homeschool parents.
I know it may be a little early to think about Fall Read Alouds for the classroom, but maybe not.
Some schools go year-round so if you are a teacher or a parent your classroom may become active at the end of July or certainly by mid-August. Why not have a look at these wonderful books and plan your library trips or make purchase for your child’s teacher. I spent 20 years in the classroom and it was always nice to get gifts that made teaching easier without having to come out of my pocket.
Check out these books that focus on leaves turning in fall and other fall activities. Some of these would make great introductions into science units on the seasons.
I have included Youtube links for the read alouds if you would like to use them.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke
Fletcher’s tree is a wonderful friend. When the leaves start to fall, Fletcher reassures his tree friend that there is nothing to worry about. All will be well. Fletcher is not able to keep the leaves from falling off his wonderful friend. He is worried. Fletcher then makes a wonderful discovery. Read to find out what the discovery is. Enjoy the Youtube video as well.
Why Leaves Change Color by Betsy Maestro and Loretta Krupinski
Why Leaves Change Color shows the reason why leaves change color in the fall. It explains the leaf structure as well as how leaves use sunlight and cold when they are changing color. This is a great book for introducing fall and the changing of the leaves to elementary aged children. You would enjoy reading this to your students yourself or you can use the Youtube video. Enjoy learning about the changing colors.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
The maple leaf is center stage in Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. This is another wonderful read aloud that tells the story of a maple leaf’s beginnings and growth. The growth of the tree is chronicled is this story Children will enjoy seeing what the seed of the maple leaf tree looks like. This story will guide the children along the life cycle of the maple leaf to where we see the leaves turn beautiful colors. The story ends where it began with the seed of the maple leaf falling to the ground. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf is another great book that can be read by the teacher or enjoyed on Youtube. This is great for life cycle lessons and plant parts and function.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves is a whimsical tale of an old lady that swallowed some leaves and many other things that we see in the fall of the year. When the old lady finally sneezes at the end she creates a wonderful fall like item. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves is available on Youtube or you can enjoy reading this yourself.
When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger
When the Leaf Blew In is a whimsical story of a fall leaf blowing in a barn. A cow sneezes which begins a whole series of events that cause much mayhem. Enjoy When the Leaf Blew In story on the Youtube.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Leaf Man is another story that involves beautiful fall leaves. This story follows the travels of the leaf man as the wind carries him along. His travels take him along many sights and sounds of the fall. The illustrations show wonderful formations of the things that the leaf man seas in his travels. Wouldn’t it be fun to collect different types of leaves and create some of the things the leaf man sees. You might even be able to identify the leaves and its parts. Enjoy the Leaf Man as a read aloud or on Youtube video.
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
This story of the Grouchy Ladybug is a wonderful read aloud. Students will learn about how ladybugs eat aphids off of plants. Mr 7, the reader of the story, does a particularly good job of reading this story. You will enjoy him. The Grouchy Ladybug in this story learns that it is best not to live a life being grouchy. Enjoy this wonderful story on Youtube or read it aloud yourself.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
First Day Jitters. Every child is experience First Day Jitters when going to a new school or a new class. It is not unusual to feel nervous about the things we that are not familiar to us. This is a story of First Day Jitters and how they are overcome. Enjoy First Day Jitters on Youtube.
Enjoy these books as the fall rolls in. Several of theme are perfect for those science units and others are just plain fun to read as the school year begins. You will notice that the books have clickable YouTube links for your convenience. As I’m sure you are aware, reading out loud to your children is one of the best ways for children to hear what good reading sounds like. This is a foundational step in reading comprehension. You may notice your child wanting to read to you.
What are some of your favorite books to read. Do you have any fall favorites? Are there any books in general that are favorites. Leave a comment in the comment section and enjoy the new school year.