Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerbers

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The fall in St. Louis this year has just been gorgeous, especially recently! The leaves are all turning colors and we’ve had bright blue skies; this is why people love fall! In honor of this weather, I read leaf stories during storytime last week, and boy were they a hit!

I liked Leaf Jumpers the best because of the gorgeous illustrations! They really do look like all the leaves on the trees! Leaf Jumpers is about siblings who are explaining why they love fall so much.  Clearly, they love the season because of the leaves! They go on to describe the different types of leaves they find (White Oak, Ginko, etc) and describe the colors and the shapes.  Then, of course, they rake the leaves into a big pile…. AND JUMP! I actually ended up skipping some pages during storytime (fidgety kids!!), but it’s got lots of different types of leaves to look at.  Or you can skip some pages like I did and the story won’t be impacted at all 🙂

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I thought it was really funny in storytime because none of the kids had apparently done this.  I kept asking, what do you do with a big pile of leaves like this? And got a bunch of blank stares.  Maybe the crowd this past week was a little young.

Anyways.  It’s a cute story, especially for this time of year!

Some other awesome books about leaves (I had a really hard time deciding which book I wanted to talk mostly about today!!)

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson (these illustrations are AMAZING!)

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

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Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie

Jill Esbaum

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I feel like this is my official WELCOME! to #BHGFallFun ! The book I’m talking about today would be a perfect read to mark off some of those BINGO squares 🙂

So this is a nonfiction book, but I really enjoyed it! There are some really INSANE pictures (some really, really, really big pumpkins.  Like, so big I can’t even describe, you need to see!!).  This book is essentially the life cycle of the pumpkin.  How it starts by planting a seed, it grows into a small sprout, then gets bigger, flowers, and then into a bright orange pumpkin! Then the book talks about how some pumpkins are small, some are large, some are smooth, some are bumpy, and has pictures to go along with the words. Then the book goes even further… what do you do with a pumpkin once you get it? Make pie! And jack-o-lanterns!

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I think this book does a really good job of taking a topic, teaching a lesson, but making it really interesting.  The photos in the book are superb and show things you and your little have probably seen before.  This book might be especially fun to read before you go pick your Halloween pumpkin!

 

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