I love switching up Evie’s bookshelves. One of my first jobs was working in a children’s book shop and it really made me fall in love with the magic of children’s books. I’m hoping to write my own one day about the ‘Adventures of Evie and Lamb’. Watch this space!

As it’s Autumn, I thought I’d share with you what’s currently on the ‘front row’ of Evie’s bookshelf.


There are so many great autumn picture books to choose from. I may have had to stop myself from getting too carried away! (When I say I stopped myself, I may have actually been told off by my other half and told to stop! Eeek!)

We read seasonal books in Summer and noticed that it really helped to develop Evie’s recognition for things a lot quicker. She could easily spot the sea, sand, sun, seagulls etc, both in her books and outdoors. 

We’ve been reading these fall themed books everyday for about a week and it’s already started to prove worthwhile (so there Jamie!). We went to the woods this week and she immediately pointed out some leaves and used the correct word.

There are lots of squirrels in her books this season, so when she came up close to a real life one she got really excited and made the same nibbly sound she does with the squirrels in her books. It was so cute!!!!


Here are the five books we have on our autumn bookshelf:

Let It Fall – is a stunningly illustrated poetic book that takes you all the way from the early stages of Autumn, through to the first snow drops of winter. 

Can You Say It Too? Twit Twoo! – is fabulous for little ones who are just starting to copy words and learn about animals. The lift the flaps also encourage them to find the animal and help to turn the pages. Evie keeps finding the owl and saying ‘owwww’. We’re getting there.

Squirrels Busy Day – is a beautiful story about a squirrel who is so busy collecting acorns that he doesn’t have time to play with his friends. When his day takes a turn for the worse, Squirrel realises that his friends are more important and can actually help him to complete his task quicker.

 The Gruffalo – Need I even explain this classic book? It’s a must have for any parent/child. It’s about a clever mouse who goes for a stroll in a deep dark wood. The book follows his journey as he comes across many other animals, including a Gruffalo!

The Best Gift of All (Mole and Friends) – It’s raining outside and Mole hasn’t seen Rabbit or any of his friends in ages. He decides to visit them by burrowing through tunnels underground. Along the way he meets his other friends and takes them with him to see a very poorly Rabbit. 


Do you like to switch up your books? What books are on your autumn bookshelf? Do you have an all time favourite picture book?

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  1. Catherine Alice
    September 19, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    You have given me some great ideas for Freddie’s Autumn bookshelves with this post! I’ve been looking for Autumn themed books but can’t seem to find much – maybe I’m looking in the wrong places! I’ll be sure to check these out.

    • September 21, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      I found everything on Amazon, there are a lot of suggested titles on there as well (I could have ordered so much more!) and Pinterest has some great fall book suggestions. I hope you find some. 🙂 x

  2. September 20, 2015 / 7:33 am

    Thank you for the recommendations. Love your reading corner too. We have the gruffalo and Millie Mae in autumn in our autumn collection so far.

    • September 21, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      I haven’t heard about Millie Mae in autumn. I’m off to have a google of it (uhoh to my bank account haha) x

  3. September 20, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I love how you switch up the books! we just have one big bookshelf and I never thought of doing that. My 3 year old has been going to Forest School sessions where they read a story and then do a wild art activity based around it. I thought I might do something similar at home and pick out his autumnal stories. x

    • September 21, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you. Oh wow that sounds like a brilliant idea. I wish we had Forest Schools down here. I love the idea of them and would really like Evie to go to some sessions. You should definitely do something similar at home, that would be so much fun and a great way to learn. x

  4. September 22, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Squirrels Busy Day is a firm favourite in our house. M has kindly handed it down to his little sister and I now read it to her at least 4 times a week!xxx

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      It’s such a cute story isn’t it! In the back of our version (i’m not sure if yours does too) there are lots of suggestions of how to expand on the story and learn from it at different ages which is brilliant! x

  5. September 23, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    What a brilliant idea. I have always displayed christmas books at that time of year but never thought to do it during seasons too – hmmm I need to go through the books and do this. x

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:33 pm

      We’ve started scouring for Christmas books now haha. The best thing about getting season books is that you can also read them next year as well, they’ll have a new perspective of them in a years time. x

  6. September 26, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Such a great idea, we’ve just joined the library so I’ve been getting different books out every couple of weeks. I never thought of going for a theme, will definitely be on the lookout next week! #TheList

    • September 27, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      I love the library, it’s brilliant isn’t it, you can change up your shelves without spending a small fortune. I hope you manage to find some autumn books! 🙂 x

  7. September 26, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    What a lovely selection, I try to read seasonal books too. At the moment we’re reading a book about pumpkins. Will be checking out your recommendations too! Thanks for sharing! #thelist

    • September 27, 2015 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 It really puts you in the right mood for the season when you read seasonal books doesn’t it? Getting excited about autumn doesn’t make me miss summer too much. I love the sound of the pumpkin book. x

  8. Habiba
    September 29, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Lovely post. I love the photo of her reaching for her books! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • October 1, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Aww thank you so much! 😀 It’s hard to believe that a couple of months ago she couldn’t reach this! x

  9. September 29, 2015 / 11:35 am

    a lovely selection of books there. I can recommend the books from Child’s Play that teach all about Autumn too x

    • October 1, 2015 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment and the suggestions! I’m going to go and look them up now! 😀 x

  10. September 29, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    The Gruffalo has to be my favourite here #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • October 1, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      It’s such a classic isn’t it! I love the little short film as well. It’s definitely a staple book that every child (*ahem and adult*) should read. x

  11. September 30, 2015 / 10:00 am

    This is a lovely idea. I really to need to sort through my sons books and choose ones that are appropriate for the time – thanks for sharing #sharewithme

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂 It’s really great to use them alongside the seasons or alongside activities you’re doing that are relative to the books x

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      It’s such a beautiful book! Definitely a favourite in our house too. x

  12. September 30, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Love the idea of swapping books around, we don’t at the moment but if I ever move Monkey out of the nursery into the spare room …. hopefully soon! I am so going to do this! I also love the idea about presenting books about the seasons, I think we may try something similar. Thank you for the inspiration… Im just off to amazon now… xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Aww thank you so much. I hope you manage to find the time to do the room swap. We’ve found that when we’re focusing on specific learning topics (like the sea, or number, or autumn) that including books really helps Evie to remember things more. Like potty training books to help with potty training and seaside books when we’re going to the beach. I know it might be a bit OTT but it’s definitely working for us. x

  13. You Baby Me Mummy
    October 1, 2015 / 6:55 am

    I need to swap Baby’s books more. I love the idea of changing them with the seasons. THanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      It’s really seemed to have benefited Evie’s learning so far. I’m glad we started it, it’s just finding the time to find new books. x

  14. October 1, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    This is an absolutely adorable idea and I’m looking forward to doing this with my daughter one day.#sharewithme

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much. It really helps with learning and keeps the room bright and fresh. x

  15. October 1, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation! My little guy will love them 🙂

  16. October 5, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    Ahh some great books here… we love getting our reading corner all festive for each season and have been adding halloween, pumpkin and fall books ourselves. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you Jenny. It’s so nice to change things up isn’t it. It really gets you ready for the season. 🙂 x

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