Ever since I was a child, I have always called the fall harvest season my “very favorite.” I have very nostalgic memories of my grandmother reading books to me and taking me on long walks. I have many memories of listening to her read to me on her porch swing through the rustling of the colorful autumn leaves. One thing my grandmother instilled in me at a very early age is the importance of celebrating the very thing fall represents: the harvest.
I am so happy that my husband and I have been able to carry on this same tradition with our very own children. I want to share with you 7 of our very favorite harvest inspired books that our family enjoys together year-after-year. Some are old, some are new, but we are always searching and adding to our current inventory of nearly 100 harvest books!
7 Must Read Harvest Books
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The Night Before Thanksgiving was given to us when our first child was born in 2001. It quickly became a keeper. It is similar to ‘Twas the night before Christmas and gives a strong focus on the importance of family. Even at the age of 12, our oldest child loves having this book read to her!
The Thanksgiving Story is one of the books that my grandma Jean read to me since I can remember. This book is one of my all time favorite harvest books and a favorite of our children too. It is a beautiful depiction of the first Thanksgiving from a living history perspective. I still have the original 1954 publication that my grandma gave me as a child, and now her great-grandchildren get to enjoy it.
The Pumpkin Patch Parable is a charming read. This book was given to us by my aunt and uncle when our first born was just a 2-year-old (over a decade ago). This book has been a wonderful read to continually show our children the importance of listening to what God says about us – not the world. It gives them an understanding that the light of God is inside of each one of us.
P Is for Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet is an adorable way to help your littles reinforce early literacy. This book also blesses our family with gentle reminders of what the blessing of God’s harvest is really all about. While this is a new addition, it has served us well with our two youngest children!
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks is a sweet book from the classic Berenstain Bears book collection. This book touches on the history of Thanksgiving as well as God’s blessing in the season of harvest. A great read for your children anytime of year!
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks is another book that all of our children enjoy to this day. This book focuses on having a thankful heart using easy to understand concepts of what thankfulness is all about.
A Pumpkin Prayer (Time to Pray) is an adorable book that celebrates the abundance of God’s harvest. The phenomenal illustrations coupled with the catchy rhymes are sure to draw your little one closer to Jesus! It was an instant hit when we introduced this to our family.
Now that I have shared some of our favorite harvest season books with you, it’s your turn! What are your favorite harvest season books for young children? Leave a comment below and let us know! Happy Harvest!