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Fall Picks
09.10.12, 7:46 AM
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Now that school is back in session and Fall is just around the corner, here are our picks for some great Fall books to read with your little bookworms.

With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.

Simple text explains how apples are grown, while listing various types of apples, and offers a history of this delicious and popular fruit.

Simple language and colorful cut-paper illustrations are perfectly matched to provide an engaging look at an appropriately named season. The poetic text emphasizes all of the things that “fall.”

For any kid who has heard “Get outside and play,” and for any parent who has said it. Once there, the unhappy youngster and two of his friends begin of game of trying to catch the last leaf on the tree, the “lucky leaf.”

It’s cider-making time on Grandpa’s apple farm, and the whole family helps. This book is a wonderful collection of facts about the cider-pressing process and the warmth of family cooperation.

Rhymed text follows Patty from seedtime through harvest as she grows and sells pumpkins on her farm. The larger illustrations at the top of each page introduce readers to the work and care required to produce a crop. A bird, insect, or other animal that lives in or around the patch is featured at the bottom of each page, in alphabetical order, along with the upper and lowercase letter it represents.

A father lovingly prepares a treat for his daughter in this charming story. The cumulative text begins with the apples and then moves on to the tree that grew the fruit, its roots, the rain, the clouds, the sky, the sun, and finally the world.

Follows the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature. The youngest readers will delight in following the journey of the bright red apple—the only splash of color in the otherwise black-and-white illustrations—as it travels from tree, to harvest, to snack, to compost, and finally to sprout. A single word complements each illustration, urging early readers to reflect on each stage in the apple’s life.

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