With Labor Day behind us the “Back to School” frenzy is just about over. It’s now time to look ahead. And when we look, depending on where you live, you might see that fall is fast approaching. I say “see” because one of the most noticeable things about fall is the leaves turning color. In some parts of the country the trees have already begun to turn and over the next couple of months nature will put on a dazzling display. In preparation for that display, today’s book recommendation have the theme of leaves.
Leaves Fall Down; Learning about Autumn Leaves by Lisa Marie Bullard is for children aged 4 – 8. A mother and son take a walk outside and the son asks questions about why leaves lose their green color in the fall. His mother explains giving her son basic scientific information about chlorophyll and how the leaves compost. The illustrations are excellent depicting the rich autumnal colors in all their vibrant hues.
Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) by Betsy Maestro. This book contains simple but detailed explanations about why leaves turn color. The pictures will entertain the younger reader and the text provides information for the older reader.
Leaf By Leaf by Barbara Rogasky is a book for the whole family. It contains beautiful pictures and 25 poems and excerpts feature such writers as Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, William Butler Yeats, Marge Piercy, and Shirley Hughes. A wonderful way to introduce your younger readers to great poetry along with the great photography.