6 Fall Books for English Language Learners
Here is a collection of books to use as read alouds or add to a classroom library during the fall season. These books feature diverse characters, have vivid illustrations, and many make great mentor texts when teaching ELLs.
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Fall Books about The Season of Autumn
Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn– Watch and listen for the signs that the seasons are changing. A young girl walks around her town observing the signs that summer is ending and fall is beginning. She has “conversations” with the animals, plants and even puddles and they answer back with how they are changing. This book has beautiful watercolor illustrations.
Autumn is Here– This book has simple yet descriptive free verse poetry. Each description of autumn is followed by the phrase “Autumn is here.” This book would make a great mentor text to use to introduce a writing poetry or descriptive sentences.
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie– This book tell about the lifecycle of a pumpkin and the many different things that you can make out of pumpkins. The book has brightly colored photographs, which make it easy for ELLs to see the vocabulary words being described.
Fall Books about Celebrations
We Gather Together– This book tells information about the science of how the seasons change, leading to fall. Gives history of harvest celebrations and describes harvest celebrations around the world including the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Indian holiday of Pongal, the Japanese Rice festival of Otaue, and a Nigeria harvest festival.
Mooncakes– In this story a young girl celebrates the Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival with her family. The author uses descriptive language to describe the customs of this festival.
Just A Minute– In this trickster tail, Señor Calavera, a skeleton comes to take away Grandma Beetle. She quickly thinks up ways to trick him into waiting. This book features counting in Spanish and English and includes Latin American traditions throughout the story.
For additional books to use with ELLs check out my other lists of Diverse Books for ELLs.