This file contains Autumn, Leaves, Autumn ABC list, September, October, November, Scarecrows, and Hayrides.
Also see Seasons, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Autumn Page Toppers

(Many of the page toppers were compiled by Jean Gifford. They are for free distribution only.)

Harvest Page Toppers

Songs about Harvest


Page Ideas

Autumn Leaves

Leaves in the autumn come tumbling down,
Scarlet and yellow, russet and brown,
Leaves in the garden are swept in a heap,
Trees are undressing ready for sleep.


In autumn when the trees are brown
The little leaves come tumbling down
They do not make the slightest sound
But lie so quietly on the ground
Until the wind comes puffing by
And blows them off towards the sky.

Raking Leaves

I rake the leaves
When they fall down,
In a great big pile.
And when there are
Enough of them,
I jump on them awhile.

Autumn Leaves

Leaves are floating softly down;
Some are red and some are brown.
The wind goes swish through the air;
When you look back, there are no leaves there.

Wind Has Shaken Autumn Down

(Tony Johnston)

Wind has shaken autumn down,
left it sprawling on the ground,
shawling all in gold below,



of snow.

Walking through the autumn leaves
Scattered on the ground
Seeing the kaleidoscope
Of colors all around.

Listening to the trees' song
As the wind comes rustling through . . .
May autumn's lovely magic
Bring happiness to you.

Autumn Leaves



Autumn leaves
tumble down


Pile them up
Into a pile and


Bed of Leaves

(Aileen Fisher)

The nicest bed I know
Isn't a bed of soft white snow.
Isn't a bed of cool green grass
After the noisy mowers pass.
Isn't a bed of yellow hay
Making me itch for half a day
But autumn leaves in a pile that high,
Deep and smelling like fall and dry.
That's the bed where I like to lie
And watch the flutters of Fall go by.

An Autumn Day

(Carmen Lagos Signes)

Pumpkins in the cornfields,
Gold among the brown,
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down;
Birds that travel southward,
Lovely time to play;
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!

Autumn is the Time

Vibrant colors,
rustling winds,
amber leaves swept
down from trees,
Long brisk walks,
fireside talk . . .
Autumn is
a time for these.


Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,
Come over the meadow
with me and play.
Put on your dresses
of scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone
and the nights grow cold.


(Gladys Harp)

I am rich today with autumn's gold,
All that my covetous hands can hold;
Frost-painted leaves and goldenrod,
A goldfinch on a milkweed pod,
Huge golden pumpkins in the field
With heaps of corn from a bounteous yield,
Golden apples heavy on the trees
Rivaling those of Hesperides,
Golden rays of balmy sunshine spread
Over all like butter on warm bread;
And the harvest moon will this night unfold
The streams running full of molten gold.
Oh, who could find a dearth of bliss
With autumn glory such as this!

Autumn Splendor

(Elise Natalie Brady)

There's a little twinge of sadness
When Summer disappears,
But Autumn brings new gladness
And joys this time of year.

Leaves Are Falling

Leaves are falling all around--
Red, yellow, orange and brown.
Twirling, swirling to the ground--
Look how many leaves I've found

Autumn Walk

(Rea Williams)

As I tramp the woods this autumn day
I wonder about others who have passed this way,
Did they look with awe at the beauty I behold,
Or did they only curse the wind and cold?

Did they marvel at the stone draped in moss so gray,
Or was it only a rock that barred their way?
Did their heart leap for joy at that deer on the run,
Or only wish they had brought their gun?

Did they hear the singing of the creek under ice,
Or the hurry scurry of tiny field mice?
Were they stopped in their tracks by the bit of blue
I saw peeping through trees of such marvelous hue?
Did they hear the chatter of the squirrel in the tree
Or the raucous sound of the bluejay's scree?

Many men must have trod this autumn path,
Perhaps in joy or perchance in wrath.
Surely the Red Man as he walked they land
Feeling the Great Spirit so near at hand,
Must've truly felt the earth was blessed
Knowing that now it was all at rest
And so understanding, that again in the spring,
Once more the world, with life, would sing.

So I too, as I walk this trail
To see the cardinal and bright-eyed quail,
Feel that I am greatly blessed--
For here my restless spirit finds rest.

The Milkweed

(Cecil Cavendish)

The milkweed pods are breaking,
And the bits of silken down
Float off upon the autumn breeze
Across the meadows brown.

The Mist and All

(Dixie Willson)

I like the fall,
The mist and all.
I like the night owl's
Lonely call--
And wailing sound
Of wind around.

I like the gray
November day,
And bare, dead boughs
That coldly sway
Against my pane.
I like the rain.

I like to sit
And laugh at it--
And tend
My cozy fire a bit.
I like the fall--
The mist and all--


(Tania Kanae)

I would have to say that
It's my favorite time of year.
The days becoming cooler now,
Fall is finally here.

The leaves are gently falling
And turning awesome shades.
Look around and see the beauty,
That God alone has made.

If you take the time to listen,
You'll hear their laughter ring.
The kid's are rolling in the leaves.
What a happy sound it brings.

This time of year brings thoughtfulness,
On which we can reflect
And time to spend with those we love.
A time to reconnect.

Hold your family close to you,
Autumn's finally here.
So much to be thankful for.
It's my favorite time of year.

Apples in Autumn

It's hard to eat apples,
Without my front teeth,
But apples in autumn
Are really a treat.

The apples are squooshy
Down under my feet,
But those from the tree
Are still crunchy and sweet!

Songs about Autumn

Songs about Leaves

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The Scarecrow

The farmer made a scarecrow
And stuffed it full of straw.
He put it in the cornfield,
but the crows laughed, "Haw-caw."

One crow sat on Scarecrow's hat.
He was not scared at all.
That scarecrow did not scare
A single crow away all fall!

Songs about Scarecrows

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Come Join Us For a Hayride

(Nita Cain)

The wagon waiting by the barn
Is filled with new-mown hay,
So come and join us for a ride
At eventide today.

The harvest moon will lead us
Down the shadowed winding lane;
And as we cuddle close, we'll sing,
An old time refrain.

The chilly breeze at dusk will bring
The scent of ripened wheat.
What other scent has nature made
More delicately sweet!

Beyond the cornstalks piled high
Like wigwams, we will pass
And gather golden pumpkins from the
Frosty meadow grass.

Then dreaming solitary dreams
Of other autumns past
When we were young, we'll reminisce
And head back home at last.

There'll be cider, hot and steamy,
So please say that you will stay,
And come and join us for a ride
At eventide today.

Songs about Hayrides

Autumn ABC's

(Compiled by Denny Davis)

A - abundance, acorns, amazing, apple cider, apples, asters, Autumn, awesome
B - back to school, baling hay, baskets, bird feeders, beautiful, birch trees, blessings, bonfires, brown, burning leaves
C - canning, chilly, chrysanthemum, color, colors of Fall, cool, corn stalks, cornucopia, crickets, crisp, crunchy leaves
D - dazzling display of color, deer hunting, delightful weather, dove hunting, down come the leaves, duck hunting
E - enjoyment, especially _____, everybody loves Autumn, excellent weather, extraordinary colors
F - Fabulous Fall, fairs, Fall foliage, Fall, falling leaves, festivals, first hard freeze, flocks of geese, fog, football, frolic, frost, fun
G - gladiolus, glorious color, gold, goodbye to summer, Grandparent's Day
H - Halloween, harvest moon, harvest, hay, hay rides, hickory nuts, Homecoming, hunting season
I - I love Autumn, impressive colors, Indian Summer
J - Jack-o-Lantern, joyous times, jumping in leaves, just perfect _____
K - kaleidoscope of color, kids _____, kind of _____
L - Labor Day, laughter, leaves, lovely colors, lovely landscape
M - magical memories, Maple leaves, marvelous colors, memories, migrating birds, milkweed, mist, multi-colored leaves
N - nature at her best, nature's bounty, new school year, November
O - Oak leaves, October, Octoberfest, orange, outdoor fun, outstanding color
P - parades, perfect weather, pheasant hunting, photo opportunities, picking pumpkins, piles of leaves, pine comes, preserving, pumpkin patch, pumpkin pie
Q - quail hunting, Quaking Aspens, quality time, quite _____, quotes
R - rabbit hunting, rain, raking leaves, reaping what you sowed, red, remarkable colors, roasting hot dogs, Rosh Hashanah, russet leaves, rustling leaves
S - scarecrow, scarlet leaves, school, sensational scenery, September, state fair, shucking corn
T - terrific _____, Thanksgiving, toasting marshmallows, tumbling in the leaves, turkey, turning leaves
U - unbelievable colors, unforgettable color, unmistakably autumn
V - 'V' formation (migrating geese), variety of color, very _____, Veterans Day, vibrant colors, vision of loveliness
W - walking in fallen leaves, windy, wonderful weather
X - relaXation, eXcellent _____, eXceptional _____, eXtraordinary _____
Y - yard work, yearly _____, yellow, Yom Kippur , youngsters at play
Z - zesty, zillions of leaves, zippy

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Page Toppers


(Helen Hunt Jackson)

The goldenrod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
It's hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
and autumn's best of cheer.


(Brierly Ashour)

When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown--
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.

When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear--
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here.

Songs about September

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(Georgia B. Adams)

This month the trees begin to make
Their autumn alterations;
October brings the turning leaf
In flaming variations!

Triumphant beauty clothes the hills;
The mountains are ablaze!
There's splendor everywhere to see
These gold autumnal days!

Then one day soon the whistling winds
Will hustle-bustle by,
Sending leaves a-sprawling with
A wistful, wind-swept sigh!


(Winifred C. Marshall)

October is a gypsy queen
In dress of red and gold.
She sleeps beneath the silver moon
When nights are crisp and cold.

The meadows flame with color now,
which once were cool and green.
Wild asters and the goldenrod
Bow low to greet their queen.

When she is tripping through the wood
With song so clear and sweet,
The autumn leaves come sifting down
And rustle 'neath her feet.

October Leaves

October leaves are lovely
They rustle when I run
Sometimes I make a heap
And jump in them for fun!

Autumn leaves float quietly down
And form a carpet on the ground
But when those leaves are stepped upon
Listen for the crackling sound!

When you see leaves in the fields,
Gold and glowing in the sun,
It's time to say goodbye to summer
And hello to autumn fun.


October's the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.

Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves sailing down--
October is red
And golden and brown.

Songs about October

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Autumn days are almost gone
Frost is sparkling on the lawn.
Windows winking cheerful lights
Warm the cold November nights.

Welcome November!

(Elizabeth Coatsworth)

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

Songs about November

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