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Falling for Autumn

Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen

Tells the story of a child’s first birding expedition on a golden autumn day.

Hello Autumn! By Shelley Rotner

All the signs of autumn including leaves turning colors, animals preparing for the winter or migrating, the harvesting of fall produce, cooler weather, and shorter days are noted in this photo-essay about the season.

A Kiss for Akaraka by Richard Jackson

When Lula begins to get tired of helping her father rake leaves, he suggests that her imaginary friend, Akaraka, might help.

Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato

Elliot the little elephant and his best friend, Mouse, play hide-and-seek during an autumn vacation in the countryside.

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Introduces concepts and vocabulary of fall–autumn colors, changes in plants and animals … and wind, which soon leads to the next season.

Full of Fall by  April Pulley Sayre

Simple text and photographs explore the science behind the transformation that trees undergo in the fall.

The Shadow in the Moon : a Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival by Christina Matula

Two young sisters celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, admire their mooncakes decorated with a picture of a lady in the moon, and listen to their Ah-ma tell the ancient tale of how the holiday began.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

In a simple, evocative conversation with nature, a young girl witnesses how the season changes from summer to autumn.

Hocus Pocus, it’s Fall! By Anne Sibley O’Brien

When the days begin to cool and the leaves change color, the magic of fall is in the air. Features gatefolds.

Fun preschool fall activities: https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/30-fall-activities-that-are-fun-for-preschoolers/



Oh, Those Owls!

Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin

A baby owl leaves the nest one night, explores the world around him, sees his own reflection, and then returns to the safety of home.

Fly, Chick, Fly! Written by Jeanne Willis

A chick that is reluctant to leave the nest finally learns how to fly.

Hooray for Today!  Written and illustrated by Brian Won

Owl wakes up and is ready to play, but all his friends are sleeping.

Good Night Owl written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Owl takes drastic measures to have a good night’s sleep.

Snowy Owl Coloring sheet https://www.kidzone.ws/geography/quebec/snowy2.htm

What Do Owls Eat printable activity: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5PnAnwR2wKOaHFsbkU3eTJRSEE/view

Owl activities: http://highlandheritage.blogspot.com/2015/10/owl-week-with-freebies.html

Owl Eyesight – STEM Exploration for Kids http://jdaniel4smom.com/2016/10/owl-eyesight-stem-exploration-for-kids.html

Silly Shaped Owl Printable Owl Shapes: https://www.teachwithme.com/downloads/item/3559-1507

The Science of Skeletons

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine

If you didn’t have any bones, what would you look like? It wouldn’t be pretty! Read all about vertebrates–animals with bones–and find out just how bones shape what all kinds of animals look like.

Samira and the Skeletons written and illustrated by Camilla Kuhn

When Samira learns about the skeletal system in class, she starts to imagine everyone as a walking skeleton.

Skeleton for Dinner by Margery Cuyler

Big Witch and Little Witch have made stew and want to invite their friends to eat with them, but Skeleton mistakes the guest list for a menu and takes off to warn Ghost and Ghoul, who hide with him in the haunted forest.

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler

A humorous book in which Ghost tries to help Skeleton get rid of the hiccups.

Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann

Although devastated when his pet dog dies, a young boy goes trick-or-treating and receives a timely visit from an old friend during a scary encounter with graveyard skeletons.

Your Skeleton is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder from Six Feet Under by Kurt Cyrus

A wacky graveyard adventure combines funny-bone-tickling poems with silly grim illustrations, and serves as an introduction to poetry.

Skeleton craft: http://www.rubberbootsandelfshoes.com/2014/10/skeleton-hiccups-activities.html?m=1

Skeleton printable: https://plus.google.com/photos/117164923855468143550/album/5318405884582905361/5318409350741541506

Bone science for kids: https://www.science-sparks.com/learn-about-bones/

Montessori-Inspired Skeleton Unit: https://livingmontessorinow.com/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-skeleton-unit/



The Science of Pumpkins

Pumpkin Circle : the Story of a Garden by  George Levenson

Rhyming text and photographs follow a pumpkin patch as it grows and changes, from seeds to plants to pumpkins ready to harvest, to jack-o-lanterns and then to seeds again. A wonderful nonfiction book for preschoolers.

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

Describes how pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes, how they grow, and their traditional uses and cultural significance. Includes instructions for carving a pumpkin and drying the seeds.

From Seed to Pumpkin by Jan Kottke

Nonfiction book with Illustrations and simple text describe how a pumpkin seed grows into a plant that produces pumpkins for making pies and jack-o-lanterns.

One Child, One Seed : a South African Counting book by Kathryn Cave

A counting book to widen the horizons, packed with information about the life and culture of South Africa.

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? By Wendell Minor

Playing with concepts of size and scale, giant pumpkins decorate some of America’s most famous landmarks and landscapes. Includes facts about the places and events pictured.

Pumpkin Time! By Erzsi Deak

From the day she plants seeds in her garden until she serves a pumpkin pie after harvest, Evy fails to notice any of the strange things the farm animals do as she works, from donkeys sailing through the sky to pigs dancing around a May Pole. Pumpkin facts and trivia, answers to the questions about what Evy was doing and a toasted pumpkin seed recipe are included at the end of the book.

More picture books about pumpkins:

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson

Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

A stemless pumpkin that yearns to be a Halloween jack-o-lantern watches sadly as all of the other pumpkins in the shop are chosen.

Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

Curious about what fall is like in places that are not always white, Penguin and his friends fly to a pumpkin farm and bring back a surprise for Penguin’s brother, Pumpkin, who couldn’t come with them.

Grow pumpkin seeds inside a pumpkin: https://www.growinginprek.com/apps/blog/show/9483735

Printable life cycle of a pumpkin: http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/assets/PDF/Life_Cycle_of_a_Pumpkin.pdf

Floating Pumpkin science activity: http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2012/10/pumpkin-science-for-preschoolerskinderg.html

Make pumpkin oobleck: : http://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2011/10/sensory-play-pumpkin-goop-oobleck.html

Pumpkin decomposition science activity: : https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/halloween-science-pumpkin-decomposition/

Pumpkin seed dying and exploration: https://teachpreschool.org/2011/10/22/exploring-pumpkin-seeds-in-the-preschool-classroom/

Pumpkin investigation printable: https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/science-activity-pumpkin-investigations/


Let it Rain!

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

It’s a mad dash for shelter as rain sweeps into an urban neighborhood. Where to go? The subway! It’s the perfect place to wait out the wind and weather.

Let it Rain by  Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Follow a group of children as they enjoy the rain and all the wonderful activities of spring.

The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson & Joel Chin

A newborn raindrop falls happily from the sky, until he begins to worry about what might happen next.

Rain by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson

As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.

Who likes Rain? By Wong Herbert Yee

As a young girl splashes in the rain, she plays a guessing game with the reader about other living things that enjoy a cloudburst.

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

A child describes all the things there are to do on a rainy day.

The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book by Nancy Tafuri

As clouds amass overhead and rain starts to pour, ten little woodland animals hurry to find shelter. The text counts up as Bird, Mouse, Squirrel, Rabbit, Chipmunk, Woodchuck, Raccoon, Possum, and Red Fox all run for cover–then Skunk squeezes in and makes it 10!

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J. Muth

A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat.

Weather chart printable:


Bees and Pollinators

Bees Matter by Erika Wassall

This title takes readers through our warming world where bee habitats are dwindling. Learn why humans are the cause of dropping bee populations and what we can do to help them bounce back.

Bees : a Honeyed History by Piotr Socha

Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages.

Buzz, Bee! by  Jennifer Szymanski

Introduces readers to the world of bees, discussing what they need to live and how they behave.

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

Demonstrates how Scout the bee searches for nectar to sustain her hive and pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits.

The King of Bees by Lester Laminack

Bee & Me by Alison Jay

Bee : a Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

Pollinator activity: https://www.annettewhipple.com/2017/01/pollination-activity.html

Bee craft: https://nontoygifts.com/paper-plate-bee-craft-kids/



Building Structures and Towers by Tammy Enz

Building Our House by Johnathan Bean

Dreaming Up : a Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

This is an inspiring building book with artwork showing children at work building with everyday materials. Poems echo the shape of the child’s creation with photographs of real-world buildings that have the design features from the children’s constructions.

Resources https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/dreaming

Block play ideas: http://www.youclevermonkey.com/2013/08/block-prompt.html

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli

Blocks by Irene Dickson

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming



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