Autumn is most definitely on the way. I can feel it in the cool mornings and evenings, the darker nights (which are so welcome in our home!), the candles which are lit with increased regularity, and the delicious feeling of new starts that tells me September is close.
I’ve put away our Summer books and pulled out the Autumn pile; it’s grey and pouring with rain today, and I couldn’t wait any longer. This is one of my favourite rituals each time the seasons change. I’ve brought a mix of books out: some purely seasonal, a few books about the moon and space to go alongside reading about the harvest moon, some books specifically on celebrating the harvest season, and a couple of books on seeds.
These will be read alongside our usual books during morning time, tea time, and any other time we read together. I find reading seasonal books together is such a wonderful way to reflect on the changing seasons and to soak up some of the magic of living in a climate with such pronounced seasons, something I am hugely grateful for.
Top row L-R:
It Was a Cold Dark Night, It Starts With A Seed, Autumn, Hello, Harvest Moon, Woody, Hazel and Little Pip, Autumn from Shirley Hughes’ Nursery Collection (if you don’t have it then this collection has all of the seasons in.
Moon, Flower Fairies of the Autumn, We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, Autumn: A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children, Pumpkin Soup, The Foxwood Treasure (this copy was mine as a young child), The Tiny Seed.
We also have some books on Rosh Hashanah out at the moment which we have been reading in preparation for the festival – I will post more about these along with our plans for celebrating Autumn in general over the next few days.
What books are on your shelves this Autumn?