27 Festive Fall Books for the Whole Family (Including Mom!)

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Fall is definitely my favorite season. It starts to get chilly, which is the perfect time to curl up with a book. From festive to spooky, here are some fall book recommendations for the whole family, organized by ages.

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Also, be sure to read our “Guide to Fall Activities :: Fall Events, Farm & Mazes, and Pumpkin Patches” to make this autumn the BEST. FALL. EVER.

Books for Babies & Toddlers

1. Barnyard Baby by Elise Broach :: This is a lift-the-flap book about a fall day of fun for little ones.

2. Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills :: This fall book shows many different items that might be found during the fall season as Duck and Goose look for a pumpkin.

3. Fall by Roger Priddy :: Here is a touch-and-feel book about fall that little ones are sure to love.

4. The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry, Sanja Rešček :: This is a fun rhyming book, perfect for fall and Halloween.


Books for Small Kiddos and Preschoolers

5. Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley :: This book features a tree’s journey to adjust to the changes of fall.

6. Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall :: This story is about all the things to “do” with the falling leaves. 

7. Leaves by David Ezra Stein :: Follow along as a little bear experiences his first fall and takes in new discoveries.

8. Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mark Curato :: Little Elliot and Mouse go to the countryside and discover new sites and smells that have to do with fall.

Kids love to browse booksBooks for Elementary Kids

9. Autumn Story (Brambly Hedge) by Jill Barklem :: If you haven’t read Brambly Hedge books aloud, then this one will be a treat! The mice of Brambly Hedge need to work together to bring in the crops before bad weather hits!

10. Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone :: This book includes a mix of everything about Autumn from hibernation to why do the leaves change colors, and even football; includes craft ideas.

11. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier :: For some who like something a little bit scary, follow two Irish siblings who become servants at a creepy, crumbly English manor. 

12. Ninjas Don’t Bake Pumpkin Pies (A Bailey School Kids Adventure) by Debbie Dadey :: A new baker in town makes a mean pumpkin pie, but could he really be in town with an ulterior motive?

13. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller :: During a visit to the farmer’s market, Sophie adopts a squash and names it Bernice. She takes Bernice on many adventures. But what will happen once the squash season has ended?

14. The Witches by Ronald Dahl :: Here is a favorite fall story about REAL witches who don’t like children.

Books for Middle Schoolers

This list contains titles that can be read by elementary advanced readers, too.

15. Before the Ever After by Jaqueline Woodson :: ZJ’s dad is different than he was before. He once was a big football star, but now things are different. ZJ is trying to figure out how to grapple with the changes.

16. Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli :: We see that becoming invisible for the day of “Dead Wednesday” is not all that it seems. 

17. The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill :: Looking for a super cute graphic novel? Greta finds a lost tea dragon and gets to know more about them and the people they reside with.

18. The Phantom Bandit by Geronimo Stilton :: A phantom is threatening the special pumpkins that grow in the garden. Can Geronimo solve the mystery?

books signBooks for High Schoolers

19. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab :: Looking for an action packed adventure? This one contains a ghost hunting team, a girl who can see ghosts, and an epic fight against the living and the dead.

20. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker :: Read this fun story involving food, love, family, and witchcraft. 

21. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell :: This is the perfect graphic novel for fall. It involves a pumpkin patch with two seasonal friends, yummy food, and lots of adventure.

22. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ::  Every year in November there are the Scorpio Races, a dangerous water horse race with riders struggling to stay on. Puck and Sean find themselves at grappling odds during the Scorpio Races. How will the racers fair this year?

Books for Moms

23. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson :: Read this thrilling story about two different men, and something magical but dark that is taking place at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

24. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen :: Here is a lovely story filled with vibes of fall magic. It’s a story of a family, their secrets, and an apple tree rumored to bear a special fruit. 

25. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia :: If you want something a little dark and thrilling, look no further. This book features a frantic letter, a family needing help, and a house that contains something sinister. 

26. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman :: Here is a fall favorite filled with magic, sisters, and a Massachusetts town.

27. Wicked Harvest by Karen MacInerney :: It’s Oktoberfest in Buttercup, Texas. This has all the fall feels, and it takes place in Texas!

Happy fall reading, y’all!

Suzy joined the Fort Worth Moms (FWM) team in August 2021 as the community groups coordinator. In that role, she manages the 20 moms groups FWM offers to mothers in North Texas. Suzy is also a writer for FWM. Suzy was born and raised in Arlington. She comes from a big family. As the oldest of six, Suzy has always been the mama bear to friends and family alike. She is happily married to her best friend of 10 years, and they have two young children, Aurora (2016) and Benjamin (2019).


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