Fall Harvest Library Books

Early Literacy Tip

Read to children every day. When you do, discuss any unfamiliar words or concepts. This will help children develop strong vocabularies.

Library Books—Fall Harvest: Apples, Pumpkins and Scarecrows


Apple Farmer Annie.Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Follow Annie through her apple-filled day of picking, counting, sorting, baking and selling, and then try making some of her simple apple recipes.

Ana Cultiva Manzanas (Apple Farmer Annie in Spanish) by Monica Wellington

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything he can think of to get his paws on it. He Ogles it. He Pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice?

Apples by Nikki McClure
Simple words and cut paper illustrations follow an apple as it falls from a tree, becomes part of a school girl’s lunch and is buried through the changing seasons until it sprouts anew.

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
A young girl spends a glorious fall day picking apples and searching for the perfect pumpkin.

It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall
A sister and brother plant and tend their own pumpkin patch so they will have jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Readers will discover the simple joys of gardening and enjoy watching the exciting transformation from pumpkin seed to jack-o'-lantern.

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown
A scarecrow boy wants more than anything to fill his father's fearsome footsteps. Despite his father's entreaties of "Wait till you grow," the scarecrow boy sneaks into the fields early one morning to try out the scary faces he's been learning from his father.

Nothing at All by Denise Cazet
As the farm slowly comes to life, each animal stirs and speaks in his own distinctive voice, but the scarecrow says nothing until he discovers a mouse in his pants.

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
When Duck decides to make a jack-o-lantern, he and his friends Pig and Mouse are in for a scary adventure.

What Am I?: Looking Through Shapes at Apples and Grapes by Niki N. Charles
Illustrations with cut-out shapes and rhyming questions introduce fruits, colors and shapes.


Non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. If any of the text is too advanced for your children, you can still use the book by discussing the pictures.

How do apples grow? How Do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro
This simple, fully illustrated book explains how apples develop from flowers, which, in turn, develop from buds. Deft pastel drawings with watercolor washes show the orchard through the seasons and then zoom in for well-labeled close-ups and cutaway views of the flower and fruit.

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
Pumpkins can be baked in a pie. Pumpkins can be carved into jack-o'-lanterns. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted for a healthy snack. But how does a tiny seed turn into a big pumpkin?  Read and find out what a pumpkin seed needs to help it grow!

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