Autumn &


Pumpkin Soup

Helen Cooper

We can’t get enough of Pumpkin Soup ever since we saw a group of KS1 teachers turn this book into a successful cross-curricular topic.  Cat, Duck and Squirrel are friends who live in an old white cabin, making pumpkin soup together every day. One day, the strength of their relationship is put to the test when duck decides to switch roles and what follows is a compassionate adventure about friendship and belonging. We adore the warm, vibrant colours of the illustrations, the rich language and captivating storytelling in this autumn-time classic. 

Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go

Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup

This beautifully illustrated book follows the seasonal changes of a tree through the four seasons. Dotted with hidden animals scampering through cut paper holes, each page of Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go allows its reader to investigate and explore one tree’s rich and varied life cycle.


Emily Gravett

Created by the author of Meerkat Mail, this is a funny rhyming story about a badger whose zealous desire to be neat and tidy leads him on a mission to clear up all of the autumn leaves fallen in the woodland. Before long, events escalate and soon the entire forest is heading towards destruction. Tidy is a charming and engaging tale that leads well into discussions about caring for our environment as it changes through the seasons.

The Fox in the Dark

Alison Green & Deborah Allwright

The Fox in the Dark is a tried and tested story time favourite for KS1 and EYFS classes. Once the dark nights have drawn in, more and more animals squash into Rabbit’s house in order to hide from the nocturnal fox. When the fox eventually comes knocking at the door, the animals discover that he is not quite as they imagined. The Fox in the Dark is a popular rhyming story with a simple message about friends working together to overcome their fears.

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Sean Taylor & Jean Jullien

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is an exciting new picture book about a cunning owl and his hilariously unsuccessful attempts to camouflage himself in order to catch his prey. This book is full of striking illustrations and we think that the simplicity of its repeated story structure and its loyalty to adjectival phrases make it a very good stimulus for autumn story writing.


Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson

Snowflakes is a topical story about what it is like to immigrate to a completely new home. It tells the story of Mia, a girl who travels away to live with Grandma in a peculiar new land of forests and snow. The narrative conveys Mia’s sense of displacement at her unfamiliar surroundings and how different she feels to the other children there. One day, Mia watches the snow falling and realises that she is unique and special just like each individual snowflake. This is a compassionate story with an important theme of diversity and new beginnings.


Lois Ehlert

From the creator of the very popular Leafman, this is a wintery picture book with clever collage-style illustrations made from everyday objects. With a little imagination, whole worlds can be created out of snow by adding a few everyday objects. Children will love spotting the individual items that make up the pictures in Snowballs and we think this book is great inspiration for getting creative with your own snow characters.

The Snowflake Mistake

Lou Treleaven & Maddie Frost

Young children will love snuggling up with this story on a wintry day! Within a floating ice palace high above the clouds, the Snow Queen operates a snowflake machine, ensuring that it produces perfectly identical flakes. But one day when the Queen leaves her daughter Ellie in charge, the machine breaks and Ellie has to find a new way to make the snowflakes. Ellie creates exquisite and unique snowflakes by hand, making the most beautiful snowfall ever. We really enjoyed this imaginative story celebrating uniqueness and creativity, accompanied by its charming illustrations and soft, wintry colour palette. The instructions for making paper snowflakes are included on the final page and we can see this book being relished in Early Years and KS1 classrooms as part of winter themed topics.

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Winter Magic

Various Authors

This is a very exciting collection of wintry short stories written by different celebrated children's authors. Winter Magic is perfect as a stimulus for a winter-time writing project or for dipping into at story time. Inside the pages you will encounter mythical winter beasts, icy snow queens, dancing Nutcrackers and frozen worlds. We think that Winter Magic is an essential short story collection for every KS2 classroom and school library.

Secrets of Winter

Carron Brown & Georgina Tee

We absolutely adore Shine-a-Light books. These wonderfully engaging picture books invite readers to interact by shining a torch through each page to reveal hidden details in the pictures, such as the intricate pattern of the snowflakes or the animals hibernating inside their snuggly homes.  The pictures, hidden images and text work together to create perfectly interactive information books that both delight and intrigue their readers. Remember to supply a torch too!

Shackleton's Journey

William Grill

This is a brilliantly visual re-telling of Ernest Shackleton's adventures from pole to pole, published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Shackleton's historic expedition. This engaging text is filled with diagrams, maps, infographics and fascinating facts that will both delight readers and transport them through an imaginary exploration of frozen worlds. We recommend Shackleton's Journey as a good non-fiction text to use for engaging reluctant readers in KS2. There is also an accompanying activity book available from Amazon.

Where the Poppies Now Grow

Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey

Nominated for a number of prestigious awards, this poetic new book brings the memories associated with World War I to a level suitable for younger children. Perfect for use around Remembrance Day, Where the Poppies Now Grow tells the story of best friends Ben and Ray, who swap their simple lives on countryside farms for the raging battlefields of France. This book is rare in its ability to make both the narrative and illustrations poignant and evocative without being too frightening or graphic for young children.

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