On our Bookshelf: Autumn Books



After reading about the end of Summer and the Harvest Moon, we have brought out our Autumn Books collection. We are reading in French, English and German.

·       “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” by Kenard Pak : stunning illustrations that capture so well the gorgeous sunlight of the lat days of summer and the first days of autumn. Not translated in French or German. But stay tuned “Goodbye Autumn, hello Winter” has been translated and will come out in October.


·       “Autumn” by Gerda Muller from the series of the 4 seasons. No text, just beautiful, “vintage” illustrations, that always remind me of my own childhood. This book and the whole series are among our favorite books ever


·       “Moon” by Britta Teckentrup “Mond: Eine Reise durch die Nacht” in German. Also exists in Spanish and, good news, has been very recently translated into French! Stunning illustrations and beautiful silver moon and text. The only thing that I found a bit strange was that the illustrations don’t follow the moon phases.


·       “Herbst-Wimmelbuch” by Rotraut Susanne Berners. Also from a series of books about seasons but Wimmelbuch exists on other topics as well. We love the big format and the drawings. They provide endless details and stories and we discover something new each time we go through this book. You can follow some of the characters all through the four seasons. There is no text so it’s a wonderful support for storytelling and learning vocabulary in a new language. I use it for storytelling in French and sometimes in Romanian with my daughter.


·       “Chapeau les champignons- Mycologie” by Fleur Daugey et Emilie Vanvolsem A very comprehensive book about fungi with beautiful illustrations and informative text. It’s for all ages, I have learned a lot from this book as well. I haven’t found translations of this one but similar books exist in other languages


·       “It was a cold, dark night” by Tim Hopgood a sweet story about a hedgehog in search for his winter home. Great for younger children and for children who are learning English


·       “Komm mit, wir entdecken den Herbst” by Bianka Minte-König and Hans-Günther Döring This is a book about the autumnal season and its celebrations, traditions, food and crafts. A glimpse into the German traditions that have been reclaimed by the Waldorf/ Steiner pedagogy (Like Martinmas/ Saint Martin for example). It’s great for culture understanding and for learning new vocabulary in German, which is exactly what my daughter is interested at the moment. You can find similar books in other languages too and use them as a support for learning


·       “La soupe au potiron” by Helen Cooper. Pumpkin Soup in English My daughter’s favorite book at the moment. Everybody in the family knows it by heart as we read it at least twice a day. It’s not just a perfect book for the season but also a great starting point for topics like sharing versus private objects, how we define friendship, …


·       “La fête d’automne de la famille Souris” by Kazuo Iwamura The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is captivating: the Mice Family forages in the forest and they unexpectedly take part into an autumn celebration organized by the entire forest. A beautiful metaphor for the Harvest Festivals.


·       Hello Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher: beautiful, peaceful, poetical


·       Tout est rouge by Kazuo Iwamura This book is not about the Mice Family but about the Squirrel Familly, and especially the youngster Nic, Nac and Noc who are fascinated by the forest turning into red as autumn goes by and winter approaches. We have 3 squirrels in our garden as well and we use the book as starting point for making up stories about our squirrels and observing their habitat. Needless to say, our squirrels are also named Nic, Nac and Noc and we can tell who is who. My daughter is very interested in these little animals and reads all the fact and nature books she can find on them. This is for me a good exemple about how a fiction book with talking animals inside (not Montessori-friendly) can lay the ground for curiosity and nature exploration.


·       "La pomme rouge" by Kazuo Iwamura We love Kazuo Iwamura's books for their simplicity, the beauty of their illustrations and the poetry of the text. Unfortunately I didn't find any translation in English for my English language readers but there is one in German, "Der rote Apfel" and one in Spanish "La Manzana".


·       "La promenade" by Eve Hermann If you are one of my French readers, I'm sure you are already familiar with Eve Hermann's books and Montessori materials. We are big fans of Liv and Emy's stories and we have almost all the books from this collection. They have been translated into Italian, Spanish and Romanian and you can easily find them online. Each book captures the story of a discovery that Liv and Emy make and then there is a Montessori activity at the end of the book. In "La promenade" (The Nature Walk) the two little girls discover the treasures of nature, end of summer, beginning of autumn. The activity that is suggested is about how to start a Nature Table. I know that this book has inspired my daughter to make her own Nature Tables. I did them when she was little, but now she is the one who creates them.



We are also reading four books about the changes in nature (a forest, an orchard, a vegetable garden..) although the year. For each book we read the pages that refer to the current season but sometimes we might also read the whole book at once.

·       “A first book of nature” by Nicola Davies Gorgeous illustrations and little stories on different themes for each season. In Autumn we read about wind, leaves, geese, spiders, feathers, acorns, worms, apples, squirrels, fungi, harvest, berry picking


·       “Mon arbre” by Gerda Muller (in German: "Unser Baum: Vom Leben einer alten Eiche", in English "A Year Around the Great Oak") This book doesn't need an introduction anymore. Like all Gerda Muller's books, it is beautifully illustrated and the story is captivating. We read it because it captures so well the transition between seasons, particularly from summer to autumn.

·       "La fête des fruits" by Gerda Mulller ("How does my fruit grow?" in English, "Was wächst denn da?" in German). The End of Summer is really the season of all sorts of delicious fruits and Gerda Muller's book is a brilliant way of discovering how they grow.

·       “Ca pousse comment?” by Gerda Muller “How does my garden grow?”in English “Was wächst denn da?” in German. A similar concept as for the “How does my fruit grow” but about growing and harvesting vegetables.

Wow, that was a long list. This is probably because we love autumn so much. What are you reading about this season?