Host a Fall Reading Picnic

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This list of fall books for kids is perfect for hosting a "Welcome, Fall" reading picnic in your living room. Stock up at the library, grab a snack, and enjoy a read aloud session with your kids.

Two girls in Halloween jammies hold Halloween picture books and are sitting on the living room floor with breakfast treats.

This weekend marks the first day of Autumn. I thought it would be fun to throw an impromptu celebration with my ladies to celebrate and we planned a last-minute Reading Picnic for Saturday morning.

We started this sweet idea over the summer and it was a huge hit. We now plan to do reading picnics for every season of the year.

My girls have always loved doing these picnics first thing in the morning, still in festive jammies (thanks grandma!). It is such a nice relaxing way to start the day.

Want to host your own Halloween-themed Reading Picnic? Here's everything you need to get started.

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What You Need for a Fall Reading Picnic

A young girl holds a fall picture book on the floor in the living room.

All you need to host an awesome reading picnic this fall is:

  • Large blanket for spreading on your living room floor
  • A tray of snacks
  • A huge pile of picture books for reading together

To make our "Welcome Fall!" reading picnic extra special, I added:

  • A cinnamon cobblestone bread from the local bakery (If you plan ahead, my easy pumpkin bread would be awesome for this!)
  • Leftover party paper plates decorated with autumn leaves and matching festive napkins
  • Suggested the girls get dressed in their favorite Halloween jammies

The Best Snacks

The coffee cake is on a tray on the living room floor so it can be eaten picnic style.

To really get your kids excited about having reading picnics every season, be sure to spoil them with special treats for the party.

They'll enjoy nibbling on something tasty and listen even longer to a larger stack of picture books!

For a breakfast reading picnic, these are my favorite breakfast goodies to serve:

If your reading picnic is later in the day, you may prefer a simple snack. My kids love these:

How the Reading Picnic Works

A girl reads out loud from a Halloween picture book while sitting on the living room floor.

Juggling food and reading out loud may seem like a challenge but I've got the perfect fix:

We take turns reading our picks.

I usually start so the girls can get a few mouths full of food and listen.

Then the Peanut takes her turn to read out loud to us and I munch on my snack.

Now that Little Pea is old enough to take her turn too, she is excited to read out loud to the group having just been a listener for so many years.

Taking turns allows everyone to practice good listening as well as encouraging the excitement to be the reader.

Though, there's nothing wrong with letting your shy kids just enjoy the listening if they prefer.

What to Read

A young girl points to the story she is reading out loud for the reading picnic.

Depending on when you host your fall reading picnic, you might be more in the mood for general fall books, spooky Halloween picture books, or lovely Thanksgiving books that focus on gratitude and the harvest.

We've read children's picture books for all seasons. Here are some of our favorites for fall:

More Picnic Ideas

Picnics can be such a fun way to spend time with your kids. Whether you're enjoying an indoor picnic with tons of books or you're heading out to the great outdoors for an adventure.

Here are some more fun picnic ideas to get you started:

The photo collage shows a kid in pjs reading picture books in the living room with breakfast treats next to a photo collage of fun fall picture books for kids.


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  6. Such a great idea! And we have a free Saturday morning coming up next weekend. This is one I think my boys will love, thanks for sharing! On a side note, I noticed the color of your walls and love it! Do you remember what color it is? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. The two little ladies are absolutely gorgeous. And what poses. Hats off to the photographer for a great picture/s. The colors works so well. And Cinnamon of course. ๏Š Tiffany we would love to send you two Cinnamon candles to make it even more festive. Just email us a shipping address.

  8. What a great book list! Exactly what I've been looking for. Glad to see you over at KBN now ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome! Have always loved your blog. Originally found you through Zina.

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