As we honor and remember the accomplished life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, let us take to heart her statement in support of books and reading: “Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”
We can help children shape their dreams and make them come true through sharing books with them. Parents often aren’t sure about which books to choose for their children. Here are some ideas. As we think about the arrival of a new season, you and your children might enjoy these autumn-oriented books that can be found in your community library, local bookstore, or online.
The first on our list is Button Up! by Angela Y. Gonzalez. A board book about fall in Alaska, Button Up! is appropriate for babies and toddlers, but older children will also enjoy looking at the beautiful photographs taken around Alaska and reading the text on their own. Button Up! is one of the Seasons of Alaska books published earlier this year by Best Beginnings, featuring the work of Alaska Native authors and illustrators. The four books, one for each season of the year, can be purchased on Amazon individually or as a set.
Other favorites on our list include:
- One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! by John Micklos (an Imagination Library book)
- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
- Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak (STEM-related)
- Leaves by David Ezra Stein
- In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
- Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde
- Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
- Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer (STEM-related, about why seasons change)
- Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon (good for younger kids, 2+)
No matter what the season – spring, summer, fall, or winter – let’s keep another quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mind, “Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life.”