Harvest Books

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn! As the leaves start to fall and the weather gets chilly, grab a blanket and curl up with your little one for reading time. The books in our list celebrate the harvest moon, pumpkins and scarecrows, and all the activities that happen on the farm in the fall. Chapter books, easy readers, and picture books are all included. Which will be your family’s favorite?

Hello, Harvest Moon Ralph Fletcher

In this book, the harvest moon rises on an autumn evening. Its bright light illuminates the farm and all who are awake in the night. The intricately painted illustrations follow the moon all the way until the morning. The nighttime setting makes this a great sleepy-time book for children ages 4 to 8.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn Kenard Pak

Follow along as a little girl goes for a walk on a late summer morning. She’ll say hello to all of the creatures as she notices the changes that are happening. As the story wraps up, she is ready to bring in the new season. The watercolor illustrations and sparse text give this book a calm feeling. The simple storyline makes it a great read-aloud book for preschoolers or early elementary children.

Once in a Full Moon Carolinda Goodman

This rhyming book takes readers on a journey that describes the names of the full moons that occur throughout the year. You will learn about the Strawberry Moon, the Wolf Moon, and the Sturgeon Moon, and more. Entrancing illustrations of the moon and nature fill each page. It’s the perfect autumn-themed bedtime book for preschool children.

Tractor Mac: Harvest Time Billy Steers

In this edition of the Tractor Mac series, we find our friend Mac helping to harvest apples in the orchard. Children will love to see what Tractor Mac does as this story of friendship and cooperation plays out. Fun illustrations highlight everything we love about the fall season. It’s a great read-aloud book for any tractor-loving kid!

A Year at a Farm Nicholas Harris

Check out all of the action that happens around a farm! In this book, children will engage with the eight detailed illustrations and learn as they go through a spring planting, a summer growing season, and a fall harvest. There are so many details that children will find something new every time they open the book! Children of all ages will enjoy paging through and reading this book.

Farm Animals from National Geographic Kids Joanne Mattern

Parents and children are meant to read this book together. The left side of the page is for the adults to read and the right side is for the children to read. At the end of each brief chapter, there’s an easy activity for parents and kids to do together. Beautiful photographs on each page show what a real farm is like.

By the Light of the Harvest Moon Harriet Ziefert

All the workers on Apple Hill Farm are finishing their harvest duties. As the farmers go to sleep, leaf people emerge. They bob for apples, stack pumpkins, and have fun celebrating the autumnal equinox. As the story closes, the leaf people fly away in the breeze. It’s a fantasy story that will spark children’s curiosity and imagination. It’s an ideal nighttime read-aloud for children ages 4 to 8 years old.

Too Many Pumpkins Linda White

This book provides a welcome break from traditional Halloween and harvest books. In it, we meet a little girl who hates pumpkins. After all, she had to eat nothing but pumpkins throughout her entire childhood! When she’s an old lady, a pumpkin smashes right into her yard. She tries to bury it all underground, but in the spring, she has quite the surprise. Follow along with this community-focused story and see how she changes her attitude after all! Independent readers in 3rd or 4th grade will enjoy this book on their own and younger children will enjoy it as a read-aloud.

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter Eugenie Doyle

The farm has worked hard through the spring, summer, and fall. Now it’s time for it to rest during the winter. Throughout the book, the peak of the farm season is revisited as the preparations for winter are made. Cozy illustrations give this book a sleepy winter feel. It’s another great bedtime book for early elementary children and preschoolers.

Farm Friends John Deere

There’s no better authority on tractors than the classic John Deere! This lift-the-flap farm book is great for little ones who have an interest in farm equipment and barn animals. Toddlers will be engaged by its simplicity and bright illustrations.

Chickenology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia Barbara Sandri and Francesco Giubbilini

Nearly every question you could ever ask about chickens is answered in this book! It has a playful tone that youngsters will love. Charming illustrations add educational value to every page. Learn the basics of what makes a chicken a chicken, and find out fun facts about these feathered friends. The writing in this book is more advanced, so it’s best suited for upper elementary children. However, the playful illustrations will appeal to any child.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm Joy Cowley

The animals on the farm are sick of getting baths from Mrs. Wishy-Washy. So, they ran off to the big city in protest. Things don’t go as planned, though! They get lost and wind up in a restaurant and then a hardware store. Will Mrs. Wishy-Washy come to their rescue? Preschoolers and kindergartners will be laughing out loud at this one!

Strega Nona’s Harvest Tomie dePaola

In this autumn edition of the Strega Nona series, dePaola gives us a story that starts with planting and ends with the fall harvest. All of your favorite Strega Nona characters are in the book, along with bits of Italian sprinkled here and there. The celebration of harvest and gardening is amplified by the whimsical illustrations and fun story. It’s a great read-aloud for kids 4 and up.

Cam the Pig on a Farm So Big Shelly and Joseph Rollins

Toddlers and young preschoolers will love seeing Cam and his antics on the farm. A brief story and repetitious language are easy for little ones to understand and learn vocabulary. The fun, overtly cute illustrations provide an easy way to introduce farm animals to children.

Farm Animals! From Cows to Chickens Left Brian Kids

What animals live on a farm? Meet several creatures that call the farm home and learn interesting facts about them. With 40 pages of information, this book is a great teaching tool for parents or teachers.

Olive Harvest in Palestine Wafa Shami

Take children to a far away country with this book. They will see how people in Palestine traditionally harvest olives and create oil. It’s a celebratory process, filled with laughter, singing, and eating! Community and family values are portrayed throughout the story. It provides a great way to introduce the harvest of another culture to your elementary-aged child.

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White

This is the classic book about a girl and her friends on the farm. It’s one of the top 100 most-loved novels in America and quickly becomes a favorite in the hearts of children who read it. Walk alongside Fern, Charlotte, and Wilbur as the seasons change on the farm. The concepts of friendship, love, and death are beautifully explored. Children older than 8 years old may be able to read the book on their own, but it makes a great book to read aloud, too.

We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season Wendy Pleffer

This informational picture book teaches children about the fall equinox. It describes the science, weather, harvest celebrations, and history associated with the fall equinox. The 32 pages are so packed with information and discussion opportunities that it will likely take families a few sittings to get through the entire book. A few activities are suggested at the end of the book to help children understand the concepts even more. The book is best suited to elementary kids but younger children will enjoy being read small bits at a time!

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