Bookbug Detective: Celebrate Autumn with Stories, Songs and Rhymes

The Bookbug Detective is here to help you with any questions you have about books, songs and rhymes for your little one. Thank you to everyone who has sent in their questions so far. The Detective has selected a question to answer below but if you'd like some book recommendations or advice send the Bookbug Detective an email!

We're going to celebrate the start of autumn with some different activities for wee ones at the nursery I work at. Do you have any books you would recommend?

What a lovely idea! Some people find it sad to say goodbye to the summer, but I think autumn is such a colourful, exciting time of year for little ones. There are plenty of stories and songs for little ones that you can adapt to your autumn theme - here are some suggestions:


  • 123: A Walk in the Countryside by Rosalinde Beardshaw - a beautiful board book created by the National Trust. Two friends talk an autumnal walk, counting squirrels, acorns and other seasonal objects along the way. A very subtle introduction to counting too.
  • Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup - each season of the year is brought to life by stunning illustrations and wonderful, rhyming text. Little ones can peek through the holes of the tree to spot owls, apples and spider webs!
  • The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley - Isaac the hedgehog is happy living alone on his pile of leaves, until an apple lands on his back and he discovers a new friend as a result. A touching story about friendship (and apples!) - perfect to read aloud.
  • Wind (Whatever the Weather) by Carol Thompson - discover sights, sounds and textures in this celebration of windy weather! A great one to share with children before they head out to play in the wind. Look out for others in the series, including Rain and Snow.
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper - even the front cover of this book looks autumnal! This is a classic story about three friends who spend time making the perfect pumpkin soup. All's well until Duck decides to change the way things are done. A great message about sharing and compromise for wee ones.
  • Autumn by Ailie Busby - 'it's time to fill my wheelbarrow with delicious things...' Little people wrap up warm and head outside to enjoy some good old leaf-kicking and apple collecting in this simple but beautiful board book. 


Talking of apples, Apple Day is celebrated every autumn to mark the time that apples are generally harvested in the UK. You could link to this theme with more books about apples (A New House for Mouse by Petr Horácek; Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett; Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray) and of course there are songs and rhymes to share too. Here are two films from the Bookbug Song and Rhyme Library to get you started - Ten Red Apples and Way Up High in the Apple Tree.

Finally, why not get your wee ones to have a go at being a wiggly worm in this simple apple-inspired craft from my friends at Play Talk Read?

Have a great time celebrating all things autumn with the children in your nursery!


Main image from 123: A Walk in the Countryside by Rosalinde Beardshaw