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14 Autumn Poems for Kids to Put You in the Mood for Fall

Fall is filled with fun activities and the excitement of a new school year. Lesson plans do not feel dull or boring after the long summer break and planning your poetry time will be easy with these autumn poems for kids!

I’ve divided these fall poems up into sections to help you find what you are looking for more easily.

  • Funny Autumn Poems
  • Autumn is Here Poems
  • Autumn Acrostic Poems
  • Fallen Leaves Poems
  • Apple Poems
  • Rhyming Autumn Poems

I hope you and the kids in your life enjoy this lovely round-up of autumn poems as you embrace the goodness of fall.

autumn poems for kids

Funny Autumn Poems

Some poems are serious, some introspective, but for kids, nothing beats funny autumn poems. The Pumpkin Poem made me laugh out loud. My 8 year old loves it!

Pumpkin Poem One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that.)
But there is something I’ll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?

(I’m so relieved since I have found
That pumpkins only grow in the ground!)

Seriously, how cute is that 🙂

autumn poems for kids

This next funny fall poem is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Five Little Acorns by Debbie Hill Five little acorns, lying on the ground,
The first one said “oh my
I’m getting round.”
The second one said “I think I’m fat,”
the third one said “I have a nice hat,”

The fourth one said “There’s a squirrel over there.
The fifth one said “well I don’t care.”
Down came the squirrel and
swept them all away, up to his nest for a cold winter day.

Autumn is Here Poems

Whether you live in a region with dramatic climate changes from season to season or you are enjoying more subtle changes, we cannot deny that autumn is here! These autumn poems for kids are sure to put you in the fall mood.

Autumn by Alexandar Posey In the dreamy silence
Of the afternoon, a
Cloth of gold is woven
Over wood and prairie;
And the jaybird, newly
Fallen from the heaven,
Scatters cordial greetings,
And the air is filled with
Scarlet leaves, that, dropping,
Rise again, as ever,
With a useless sigh for
Rest—and it is Autumn.

Do you need a fun activity to supplement your study on fall poems? Click the image below and check out these cute coloring pages!

fall poems for kids

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Portrait of Fall by Alora M Knight Looking out my window
In October’s golden light,
I see a beauty unsurpassed,
A truly lovely sight.

Leaves are saying soft good-byes
As they come floating down
To make a nature’s carpet
Of yellow, red, and brown.

Mountain tops, now turned to white,
Forewarn of winter chills,
While trees, like golden rivers,
Wind their way up through the hills.

Throughout our world’s creation
You will ever find it thus,
Kaleidoscopes of color,
In God’s hand, the artist’s brush.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/portrait-of-fall

I think this Portrait of Fall might actually be my favorite one here. It would make a lovely art project. Stay tuned, I’m going to work on that!

Autumn Acrostic Poem

Acrostic poems are fun for all ages and especially when it comes to holidays and seasons. Here are two examples of acrostic poems for autumn and fall. I still remember making similar poems with my name back in elementary school!

Tes has this cute acrostic poem for autumn!

autumn poems for kids

Here is an acrostic poem for FALL by Leanne Guenther.

Farmers bring in the harvest from the land.
Animals prepare for the winter chill.
Leaves fall from the trees — floating
Lightly to the ground.

Acrostic poems for autumn and fall do not have to be limited to the names of the seasons. Your poem could be centered around LEAVES, PUMPKINS, or APPLES. The creativity is endless.

Fallen Leaves Poems

Do you have fond memories of playing in the leaves during fall as a child? I do! I also enjoy raking leaves with my own kids and watching them jump into them.

Autumn by Alexandar Posey “In the dreamy silence
Of the afternoon, a
Cloth of gold is woven
Over wood and prairie;
And the jaybird, newly
Fallen from the heaven,
Scatters cordial greetings,
And the air is filled with
Scarlet leaves, that, dropping,
Rise again, as ever,
With a useless sigh for
Rest – and it is Autumn.

Fallen Leaves Poem

This next fallen leaves poem in kind of long and you might lose interest of your less poetry minded kids, but it is a great read aloud poem.

How the Leaves Came Down by Susan Coolidge “I’ll tell you how the leaves came down,”
The great tree to his children said,
“You’re getting sleepy, Yellow and Brown,
Yes, very sleepy, little Red.
It is quite time to go to bed.”

“Ah!” begged each silly, pouting leaf,
“Let us a little longer stay;
Dear Father Tree, behold our grief;
Tis such a very pleasant day
We do not want to go away.”

So, for just one more merry day
To the great tree the leaflets clung,
Frolicked and danced, and had their way,
Upon the autumn breezes swung,
Whispering all their sports among,–

“Perhaps the great tree will forget,
And let us stay until the spring,
If we all beg, and coax, and fret.”
But the great tree did no such thing;
He smiled to hear their whispering.

“Come, children, all to bed,” he cried;
And ere the leaves could urge their prayer,
He shook his head, and far and wide,
Fluttering and rustling everywhere,
Down sped the leaflets through the air.

I saw them; on the ground they lay,
Golden and red, a huddled swarm,
Waiting till one from far away,
White bedclothes heaped upon her arm,
Should come to wrap them safe and warm.

The great bare tree looked down and smiled,
“Good-night, dear little leaves,” he said.
And from below each sleepy child
Replied, “Good-night,” and murmured,
“It is so nice to go to bed!”

gratitude journaling pages
Fall is a great time to focus on gratitude as well! Click image to check out these gratitude journaling pages for kids!

Apple Poems

Do you enjoy picking apples in the fall? We have an orchard right down the road from us and we are there almost every week in September and October.

A Little Red Apple by Marguerite Gode A little red apple
Hung high in a tree.
I looked  up at it

And it looked down at me.
“Come down, please,” I  called.
And what do you suppose?
That little red apple

Dropped right on my nose!

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10 Easy Apple Recipes for Kids would be great for an activity to accompany these cute apple poems!

Rhyming Autumn Poems

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of rhyme and kids is Dr. Suess. “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am”.

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The First one said “Oh my it’s getting late!”
The second one said “There’s a chill in the air.”
The Third one said “But we
don’t care!”
The Fourth one said “let’s
Run and Run and Run.”
The Fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun.”
Oooooooo went the wind.
and Out went the lights!
And the five little pumpkins
rolled out of sight!

Autumn by Emily Dickinson The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

What is Rhyme in Poetry for Kids?

Poetry should not be overlooked as valuable in education and rhyming is an important readiness skill, but what exactly is rhyme in poetry?

A Rhyme in English is made when the vowel sounds in the stressed syllable is the same and the proceeding syllable is different. There are various kids of rhymes.

  • Single: This is a rhyme in which the stress is on the final syllable of the words (“ran” and “began”).
  • Double: This perfect rhyme has the stress on the penultimate, or second-to-last, syllable (“sailing” and “nailing”).
  • Dactylic: This rhyme, relatively uncommon in English, has the stress on the antepenultimate, or third-from-last, syllable (“terrible” and “wearable”).
  • Imperfect or near rhyme: In this type of rhyme, the same sounds occur in two words but in unstressed syllables (“bling” and “missing”).
  • Identical rhymes: Homonyms in English don’t satisfy the rules of perfect rhymes because while the vowels are matching, the preceding consonants also match and therefore the rhyme is considered inferior. For example, “threw” and “through” are identical rhymes and are not considered to be good rhymes.
  • Eye rhyme: This is common in English because so many of our words are spelled in the same way, yet have different pronunciations. For example, “good” and food” look like they should rhyme, but their vowel sounds are different.

Fall Poems for Kids

I hope you enjoyed these autumn poems for kids! Which ones were your favorite? If you find any cute crafts to accompany them, I’d love to see them. Poetry ignites creativity, doesn’t it? And fall is just one more beautiful area of creation in which God has shown us His own creativity.

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13 thoughts on “14 Autumn Poems for Kids to Put You in the Mood for Fall”

  1. Thank you for the fall poems. These are for the twins of our choir director who works so hard for all of us.

  2. Soulful poems for kids. It is like taking us back to when we were children also. A kind of soothing aura I feel reading these poems. Childhood memories are treasure as these poems are. Especially I like Pumpkin poem a lot. Those days of innocence!

  3. AWESOME! Thank you so much for this list of poems. Honestly, bringing in literature like this is not something I’m good at or would search on my own. It’s great you have lots all in one spot for me!

      1. Thank you, Heather, for a lovely collection of Fall Poems.
        As a substitute teacher, I encountered a 3rd grade class where the teacher took 15-20 minutes after recess for poetry. The children quieted down easily and loved memorizing poems.
        I am looking for a poem they learned about Autumn that had beautiful word pictures and included the words Autumn spice. If you should find this I would appreciate your emailing it to me.
        Beth Burns

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