Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall Leaves Fall! - Picture Books about Leaves

'Fall, leaves, fall'

By Emily Jane Bronte

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

Looks as if peak fall color has arrived in our area! Last weekend we enjoyed a morning drive through the country and witnessed the splendor of fall -- the reds, yellows, and oranges of all the trees combined together in a remarkable masterpiece. Pretty soon we'll be working to get all those leaves raked, a seemingly endless job for the adults but, oh, so much fun for the kids. Do you have a favorite fall read? Here are some good ones!

Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall showcases all the fun of falling leaves - stomping, raking and watching them change colors. Great for preschool age kids. Unfortunately, it seems to be out-of-print now so you'll have to search for it at your local library or buy it used!

Published last year, Leaves by David Ezra Keats is a delightfully simple book about falling leaves, a bear, the change of the seasons from fall to spring and hibernation. The book is a winner of the 2008 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award.

A couple of other books of the leaf variety: In The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, the leaf man gently flutters and flies over multiple locations; various tree species are featured. Another great Ehlert book is Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. It is about the life of a sugar maple tree and the illustrations are full of autumn colors.