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Celebrating the Autumn Equinox (What to Read Wednesday)

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Celebrating the Autumn Equinox with Lit Mama Homeschool

I love autumn.  It is far and away my favorite season.  I love the peculiarly soft gold color of afternoon sunlight in autumn.  I love county fairs and harvest festivals.  I love Indian corn and scarecrows and hay bales and pumpkins.  I crush so hard on the contrast of a still-green world  and ever-changing leaves, especially when the leaves are falling in a drift on a sudden, unexpected breeze.  While you’re walking along just in time to be caught in the leaf storm.  And I think you already know how much I heart  spiders, let alone the call of Canada geese on the pond.  If not, you are new here, so it’s nice to meet you.

Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays with Halloween leading that race by a country mile.  I have always loved the possibilities of Halloween.  As a child, it was getting to go out at night later than at any other time of year, dressing up as someone else, gathering candy from well-wishing neighbors.  As I grew older and learned some of the legends of Halloweens past, it was the magic and mystery of the thing.

Magic and mystery.  To me, that is the definition of autumn.  My littles (who are now waaaay too big to be called that) have come to appreciate autumn as much as I do.

Not that I influenced them.  Not at all.  I swear.

We do a lot of fun things for autumn around here, such as making apple pie out of hand-picked, homegrown apples,   preserving fall leaves in paraffin, and going for hikes in our woods to watch all the changes taking place.  And books.  We read books.  You know me, right?

The first day of autumn is next Thursday, my friends.  It’s an equinox, so there’s all kinds of science fun to be had.  But there are so many stinkin’ books about autumn out there that what you should really do to celebrate is grab a blanket and a picnic, stop by the library and stock up, then head to a shady tree and spend the afternoon reading picture books.  And observing nature.  What books should you take?

Picture Books for the Autumn Equinox  Four Books for Celebrating the Autumn Equinox - Lit Mama Homeschool

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert  I heart this book not only for its beauty and its educational value, but for the simple love of trees that shines through on every page.  

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland  Holy Cow.  Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as this book?  And the explanations of why-fall-is are brilliant and easy to follow.  I think your littles would learn a lot from this one.

Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher  This is one of my favorites.  And if you’re lucky  I might have a Story Time to go along with it.  You’re lucky.  Check that stuff out.

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson  Mice make me shudder, yeah, the way spiders might do to you, but for some reason I love picture books starring them.  They look so cute in drawings.  Not gross like in real life.  This one has cute, simple, bright pictures and text to intrigue even the littlest of littles.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro  My favorite part of this book is the pages of leaf pics with labels.  It’s perfect for taking on a nature hike to look for leaves.

Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant  I could recommend Rylant books all day long.  Major crush on her stuff.  But scarecrows being among my favorite things?   That makes this one even better.

The Autumn Visitors by Karel Hayes  I mean, you don’t even have to read the book.  The title is so evocative, I just want to sit and think about it for hours.  I could tell myself thousands of stories in several genres just thinking about that title.  The book is really good, too, though.

Squirrel’s Fall Search by Anita Loughrey and Daniel Howarth  This one has great illustrations and gives littles an idea of how squirrels spend time in autumn.  And all littles are fascinated by squirrels.  

Construction paper Fall Leaf Banner made at Lit Mama Homeschool - Template available

Want something fun to do when you get home?  If you’re like us, the leaves haven’t really started changing yet, so the first day of autumn might not be as colorful as you’d like.  Make a cute leaf banner like this one we made yesterday.  Just cut out some construction paper leaves and string them on raffia.  For a little fun and variety, we added some silk leaves we had in the craft bin.

Oh, you want a template?  Well, sure.  I do love ya, after all.

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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10 Comments

  1. Ooooh, more books for my little guy! Thanks for sharing the goodies with us at Literacy Musing Mondays.

  2. “Grab a blanket and a picnic, stop by the library and stock up, then head to a shady tree and spend the afternoon reading picture books.” Best. idea. ever.

    Just wish we had fall here. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina
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  3. Oh, love the selection of books you chose! I’ll be adding these to our list!
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  4. Great post and beautiful banner! I ♥ the Fall too! #smallvictoriessundaylinkup

  5. Great list; we’ll be heading to the library with it this week. Glad to have found your blog! I’m currently homeschooling one 6 year old and reading is a huge part of what we do.

    • Liz, it’s wonderful to meet you! If reading is important in your homeschool, you’ve definitely come to the right place! I hope to see you here often, and I hope I’m able to help you with your journey. 🙂

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