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Fall Storytime 2014

It’s fall, that’s all, y’all. This week, A stood for Autumn. Our weather stayed warm late this year, but we’re finally seeing an abundance of fall colors–time to break out the Fall Storytime Kit.

We read:

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber

I do not love the text of this book, but I love the idea of pointing out the different shapes and colors of leaves on different species of tree. It’s like My First Field Guide. The illustrations are beautiful, so usually we talk about those and I don’t read most of the text. The kids love to point out what the Australian Shepherd in the book is doing.

Concepts: Colors. Leaf shapes.

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

The best and funniest fall read-aloud! If you don’t have it, get it immediately.

Concepts: Patterns/colors. Humor. Imagination.

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

So-cute apple farmer Annie picks her harvest, makes apple products, packs up her truck, and sets up at the farmer’s market in the city. A simplified look at how food shows up in stores and markets.

Concepts: Where food comes from.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

A leaf man’s got to go where the wind blows in this simple tale of fall migration, illustrated with collaged leaves.

Concept: Art.



We used our fall tree for two flannel activities. First we started with 5 leaves…

Five Leaves

1 leaf, 2 leaves, 3 leaves today.
4 leaves, 5 leaves…
WHOOSH! Blow them away! (Everyone blows and the leader plucks the leaves from the tree.)

Then I said, “Oops, now our tree is bare, like a winter tree. We need a fall tree!” and handed out a few felt leaves to each child. In groups of 2-3, I called them up to dress our beautiful tree!


This tree was cut freehand. The leaves were made on our Accucut machine.

Action Rhymes:

The Leaves on the Tree (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,
Orange and red, orange and red.
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,
All around the town.

The leaves of the trees come tumbling down,
Tumbling down, tumbling down.
The leaves of the trees come tumbling down,
All around the town.

The leaves of the trees go swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish.
The leaves of the trees go swish, swish, swish,
All around the town.

We’ll rake them in a pile and jump right in,
Jump right in, jump right in.
We’ll rake them in a pile and jump right in,
All around the town.

Source: Charles County Public Library

Way Up High

Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arms up high)
Two red apples smiled at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples… (make a downward motion)
And mmm, they were good! (smile and rub stomach)

Source: Storytime Katie

Craft: Leaf Men/Chickens/Dogs/Etc.

We used paper leaves (cleaner/sturdier than the real thing) to make collage creatures like Ehlert’s. Mine is a man and a chicken, or, as the kids informed me, a man and a dog. I did my best, guys!


How It Went: I always enjoy this kit as the books are a nice mixture of fact and fantasy, the flannel set is interactive, and it’s always well-received. This year was no exception!

If you follow this blog, you may have noticed I skipped a week. Last week O stood for Owl, and I re-used a previous Owl Storytime. Next week, N is for Noise with an animal sounds theme. We’re coming for you, phonemic awareness.