Nature-Inspired Autumn Reading List


Fall is in the air. Its vibrant colors and earthy aromas are bold reminders of the transformation of seasons. This reading list for adults and children pair imagination and mindfulness, perfect for a dramatic autumnal backdrop.

Books for Adults

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature” by David George Haskell

  • Follow biologist David Haskell as he visits a one-square meter patch of old-growth forest over the course of a year. This window into a natural world allows him to follow nature’s path through the seasons and connect to the vivid life within.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

  • Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist and using tools of scientific knowledge and cultural wisdom, the author embraces the idea that plants and animals are our oldest teachers and celebrates our reciprocal relationship with nature.

Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild by Ellen Meloy

  • Naturalist Ellen Meloy follows a band of Southwestern bighorn sheep though the wilderness. Alone but for the landscape she communes with, she narrates her thoughts on the growing severance between man and nature and the loss it leaves.

Books for Kids

Leaf Jumpers” by Carole Gerber

  • Poetic text listing simple facts about different types of fall leaves will help kids learn to identify leaves by their unique characteristics. It’s an introduction of seasons and science. (Ages 3-6)

“Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

  • This picture book puts the busy and beautiful secrets of autumn on display. As the world makes its way towards winter, the spirit of change lives on. (Ages 4-7)

Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash by Sarah Weeks

  • Full of humorous and rhyming wordplay, this book follows Mrs. McNosh’s garden adventure to control an ever-growing squash. (Ages 3-5)


Kelley V Phillips is the Outreach Coordinator for Red-tail Land Conservancy. Her work in community engagement inspires excitement and wonder in nature through education and tangible experiences. 

Photo by Nana Kim on Unsplash.


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