Here is a collection of books for read-alouds and mentor texts during the fall season. These books feature diverse characters and have vivid illustrations.
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Autumn Story Books
Hiking Day– Follow a family as they hike up Hickory Hill and reach the summit. They see colorful fall leaves and animals along the way.
Applesauce Day– Maria, Hannah, and their family go apple picking. Then they take the apples and turn them into applesauce. Use this book as a mentor text for describing a small moment.
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?– Follow giant pumpkins around the US. This book uses many synonyms for the word big.
http://www.bigpumpkins.com/ Show examples of large pumpkins people around the world have grown.
The Very Last Leaf– This book is about facing your fears and trying something new. Lance Cottonwood is the best leaf in leaf school. The only problem is that he is afraid of falling off the tree. Learn about how leaves change in the fall and how Lance overcomes his fear of falling.
Fall Books about The Season of Autumn
People in Fall– This is an informational book with colorful photographs and simple sentences. It shows kids doing different activities in the fall.
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.
The Mystery of the Monarchs– Learn about how Fred Urquhart tracked monarch butterflies and discovered that they migrate from the United States to Mexico in the fall.
The US Forest Service has additional facts about monarch butterfly migration.
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 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 a 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.
For additional books to use with ELLs check out my other lists of Diverse Books for ELLs.