Autumn
has very much arrived – the chill in the air and a carpet of crunchy
leaves, our walk to school coloured by gorgeous orange,
brown and yellow hues.

Here
are some lovely books on the theme of the changing of the seasons
that our youngest daughter has been enjoying.
Alfie
in the Woods
by
Debi Gliori, published by Bloomsbury Childrens

This
is the tale of Alfie’s autumnal adventures in the woods one morning
with his father.

Alfie
is joined by a host of woodland creatures, who come peeking out of
the trees, for his imaginative play in the russet leaves covering the
forest floor. Each double page spread depicts Alfie imitating an
animal, with a “snuffle, rustle” or a “buzzzeee
bizzzeee” and the use of some forest props.
Debi
Gliori’s distinctive illustrations bring Autumn to life, and we can
almost hear the crunch of all those fallen leaves. Our daughter loves
joining in with the sound effects for each of Alfie’s
imaginations.

The
end of the tale sees Alfie carried home by his Daddy, thoroughly worn
out by his outdoor play and hoarding his forest treasures.

We
find this book ideal for the transition from board books to longer
picture books for our youngest daughter as it holds her attention
with an ideal word-to-picture ratio.

Up
and Down – A walk in the countryside
by Rosalind
Beardshaw, published by Nosy Crow and the National Trust

This
is a lovely autumn/winter tale, in board book format and is a
collaboration between the National Trust and Nosy Crow.

The
book follows a pair of friends as they adventure their way through a
chilly, snowy day. Each pair of pages bears just two words in
opposite, starting with “inside” and “outside”,
as one puts on her cosy boots and the other is already outside in the
snow.
The
fun begins “up” the hill and whizzing “down”
again on a sledge. The pair enjoy all the countryside has to offer on
a winter’s day, from the tall to the short, the quiet and the loud,
all the way to the end of the day when they happily return home to
the inviting light shining from the house, leaving the darkening
skies behind.

Each
double page spread is beautifully illustrated and depicts all kinds
of fun and discoveries that a walk in the countryside has to
offer.

Your
Hand in My Hand
by Mark
Sperring (words) and Britta Teckentrup (illustrations), published by
Orchard Books (Hachette)

This
beautifully illustrated story follows another walk through the
countryside – this time a mouse and their little one.

The
walk starts in the depths of winter, progresses through spring,
summer, then autumn before returning to winter again. It’s a lovely
story to introduce little ones to the joy that can be found in
observing the passing of the seasons. The gentle verse rightly
observes “the world’s full of wonders, there’s so much to see”.
The
book demonstrates the wonders to be found in each season, whether
it’s splashing in the puddles of autumn or the “long hazy days”
of summer. The message of having fun in the outdoors whatever the
weather or season will resonate with parents of young children –
allowing the children to burn off seemingly endless energy and the
fresh air giving the next best thing to a caffeine shot for the
parents.

Some
other books we’ve reviewed previously, which also feature the
changing of the seasons:

Wow
Said the Owl
by
Tim Hopgood
Snow by
Sam Usher
Apple
Pigs
by
Ruth Orbach