I always love this time of year. The change of season always seems to inspire me to get organised and plan new ways to play and this Fall I’ve got a whole bunch of activities planned to keep Florence busy. I thought I would start by sharing the contents of our Autumn book box as much of our play will be inspired by the stories and characters we’ll be reading about. Just a quick heads up, the links in this post contain affiliate links, so if you click and buy any of them, I get a percentage from Amazon.
Hedgehugs Autumn Hide & Squeak
The adorable little duo, Hattie & Horace are two of my favourite children’s characters and we see them play in the woodland as the seasons change from Summer to Autumn in this little tale, hiding and seeking each other and the other creatures among the pine cones & toadstools as they try to work out why the leaves are falling from the trees. It’s great for playing spot the hedgehog with little one’s and also identifying all of the new changes outside that Autumn brings. You can buy it here.
That’s not my hedgehog
We are big fans of the That’s Not My series, and the Hedgehog version is our latest addition to our collection. Florence loves the touch & feel elements on each page and I’m a big fan of the way each of the books encourage learning about the animal subject as well as different textures too. You can buy it here.
This charming little board book is one of four in the Tales from the Acorn Wood series by Julia Donaldson. The story follows the tale of poor Mr Fox who has lost his socks and his efforts to find them around his home, with the help from Mouse. Each page has a little lift the flap which hides a different item of Fox’s clothes. Florence says ‘there it is’ every time we find another piece! You can buy it here.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Ah the old classic! This was one of my favourite books growing up and I have fond memories of acting out the story. Obviously Florence is a bit young to do that however, we’ve been reading this book and using it to inspire our outdoor adventures and play as the seasons change. We’ve walked through the swishy swashy grass, we’ve splashed & sploshed in puddles and we’ve squelched in the mud in the garden. Not to mention how much she loves the bear! It makes a lovely little bedtime story and the potential for inspiring imaginative play is huge! You can buy it here.
Anyone else remember this story from when they were young? It’s absolutely beautifully illustrated and follows the three baby owls as they wait for their Mother Owl to return home after a night of hunting. The owl sound is one of Florence’s most recent sounds and so she ‘Twoo’s’ as you turn each page. Very cute! I love how this book explores the roles of each of the siblings and their reactions to their mother not being there when they wake up. I think it’s a really gentle story to tell children whose Mum’s are maybe going back to work or are going away for a period of time — Mum always comes back! You can buy it here.
It was a cold dark Night
This short and sweet tale tells the story of a Hedgehog called Ned who is searching for his home on a cold and dark night. He visits the homes of the other woodland animals before finally finding a home for himself. Florence loves looking at the different animals throughout the book and making their animal sounds. It’s also a lovely way to start teaching little one’s about where different animals live.You can buy it here.
Apples & Pumpkins
Another super simple story following a family as they head apple & pumpkin picking. We will be doing both of these as a family this Autumn so it ties in nicely with our own play & activities for the season. You can buy it here.
Herbie’s Big Adventure
Probably aimed at children slightly older than Florence – Preschool age maybe? – Herbie’s big Adventure is all about a little Hedgehog whose Mummy tells him it’s time to go and adventure by himself and so as he does, he finds there is a whole world full of fun and friendship as he explores the big wide world before making his way back to his Mum. Along the way the story does subtly discuss the differnt seasons and the things that change as they do too. Florence loves looking at the pictures and pointing out the trees and the leaves and flowers. You can buy it here.
Who’s been eating my porridge?
A slightly different take on the traditional tale of Goldilocks & the Three Bears, this lovely little story make me feel all warm inside! Florence loves pointing out the bears and pulling a very cute shocked face every time the porridge disappears.
Gruffalo Growl & The Gruffalo
Gruffalo Growl has been one of of Florence’s favourite since she was very little – I used to read it to her every morning! It’s a shortened, simpler version of the classing The Gruffalo and is complete with a noisy growly button. She likes to look through this one herself, again making the animal noises as she turns each page and will happily ‘read’ it for ages! I hope to introduce the full version at bedtimes as we change our evening routine again as I think it’s the perfect story to wind down with in the evenings. You can buy Gruffalo Growl here.
What are you reading with your toddlers this Autumn? I’d love to know any of your recommendations.