Autumn Books, Songs, and Rhymes for Kids

By Sarah S. RSS Thu, October 28, 2010

Looking for some great kid-tested, librarian-approved books for autumn? The children's librarians at the Free Library have put together a list of a few of their favorites. 

Title: Fall Leaves Fall!
Author: Hall, Zoe 
A pretty picture book for ages 2 to 5. 

Title: Leaf Jumpers 
Author: Gerber, Carole 
Illustrations and rhyming text describe different leaves and the trees from which they fall.

Title: From Seed to Pumpkin
Author: Pfeffer, Wendy
Kids grow pumpkins, from seeds to pies and jack-o-lanterns. Ages 4 to 8.  

 Title: Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin
Author: Serfozo, Mary 
Peter the tiger's pumpkin wins a prize. Ages 3 to 7.

Of course, story time at the Free Library isn't just about sitting and listening to a great book. Here are some terrific autumn songs and rhymes, courtesy of the children's librarians, for kids to sing and recite.  Some of them have actions, too--try them out!

Leaves On The Trees - To the Tune of: Wheels on the Bus

"The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown, orange and brown, orange and brown. The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown, all through the town.

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down. The leaves on the trees coming tumbling down, all through the town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish. Swish, swish, swish. Swish, swish, swish. The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish, all through the town."

Once I Had A Pumpkin - To the Tune of: Did You Ever See a Lassie

"Oh, once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
With no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth,
Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.

So I made a jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern,
So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face.
With big eyes and a big nose and a big mouth and big teeth,
So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face."

Ten Little Pumpkins

Ten little pumpkins, standing in a row (Hold up fingers)
They bow their heads to the children so (Bend fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right (Move fingers in each direction)
Then they close their eyes and say goodnight. (Put hands together and rest head on them)

Five Little Pumpkins Fingerplay 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate (Hold up five fingers)
The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late." (Touch a wrist where a watch would be)
The second one said, "There's a chill in the air." (Wrap arms around self and shiver as if it’s cold)
The third one said, "But I don't care." (Shrug shoulders and turn palms up)
The fourth one said, "I'm ready for some fun!" (Rub hands together mischievously or wave arms in the air)
The fifth one said, "Let's run and run and run." (Pretend to run or stomp feet)
“Wooooooosh" went the wind, (Cup hands around mouth.)
 And out went the lights. (Chop hands through air like an umpire making a "safe" sign)
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (Roll fists around each other.)

 


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