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10 Board Books for Fall!

For all of the seasonal board book lovers out there, here are 10 board books to get the autumn vibes going!

1. I Am Ready for School! by Stephen Krensky & Illustrated by Sara Gillingham

Beginning school, whether for the first time or after being away for the summer, can bring out a lot of emotions in kids. I Am Ready for School! aims to help children feel comfortable and excited when they're experiencing hesitant or shy emotions. A board book that could be useful not only to families but to teachers, I Am Ready for School! is illustrated with a visually engaging palette of reds, yellows, blues, and neutrals.

2. You're My Little Baby Boo by Nicola Edwards & illustrated by Natalie Marshall

If you're not familiar with the You're My Little series yet let me introduce you! Every board book I've picked up in this series is adorable. From the storyline to the illustrations these board books encourage language that strengthens the parent-child connection. With a Halloween theme, You're My Little Baby Boo is a board book that won't scare your littles (I can't say that about all Halloween-themed board books) and will hopefully make everyone feel warm and cozy inside by the end.

3. Little Acorn by Igloo Books

Little Acorn is also an adorable board book. I'd never think to give an acorn a personality but the illustrator from Igloo Books sure did! A board book that shows children the life cycle of a tree, Little Acorn is a perfect board book to have on hand throughout the year, but perhaps especially in fall as acorns start to drop and become more top of mind for kids.

4. Not a Pumpkin! by Susie Lee Jin

Not a Pumpkin is a board book that gives children a variety of lift-the-flap pumpkin-looking objects that aren't actually pumpkins until the very end of the book. If your child loves lift-the-flaps this is a fun one!!

5. School Day by Jill McDonald

In preparation for school, School Day goes through the routine of a typical pre-k day. From remembering to take a backpack to riding the bus, arriving in the classroom, having lunch, playing outside, enjoying quiet story time or sharing with friends, School Day is an inviting board book to have on hand for children as they begin the school year.

6. Peekaboo Pumpkin by Camilla Reid & Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius

Peekaboo Pumpkin is a new addition to the peekaboo series and it doesn't disappoint. With sturdy board book pages and fun sliders, Peekaboo Pumpkin is full of exciting animals and objects to find.

I've been meaning to feature one of Nancy Rose's board books and I'm finally getting around to it! Camping 123! is one of the most creative board books I've seen this year and it's hysterical! I'm not a big fan of squirrels or chipmunks but in this context they are the cutest creatures ever! Full of squirrel-sized tents, boats, toys, campers, and more, this is a board book for nature and animal enthusiasts alike.

8. If Animals Trick-or-Treated by Ann Whitford Paul & Illustrated by David Walker

If Animals Trick-or-Treated is another new addition to the If Animals... series. A board book that introduces kids to all the typical Halloween traditions and activities, If Animals Trick-or-Treated brings a fresh look to the October holiday through the eyes of a group of animal friends.

9. Booook! Illustrated by Jannie Ho

With high-contrast board books becoming more readily available to babies, Booook! is a perfect first Halloween board book or seasonal companion. Other high-contrast board books in the series can be found here.

10. How Many Birds? by Marcos Farina

While How Many Birds? isn't specifically about fall the color palette reminded me of fall so I included it. With illustrations that give children a more abstract example of artwork, I love the personality behind each illustration and Farina's attention to detail.



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