Falling leaves

Autumn is here. The days are shortening and the mornings are getting a little chilly. The sun is lower in the sky and it sets earlier each day. The air temperature drops and we usually have more rain. The signs of autumn are a signal to plants and animals that they have to get ready for winter.

Have you ever wondered why deciduous trees drop their leaves in autumn? It is because there is less sunlight to make food and the colder temperatures mean that the trees cannot get enough water from the frozen ground. But before they drop their leaves they remove all the valuable substances – like chlorophyll, that give the leaves the green colour. ┬áThis makes the leaves turn orange, yellow and red making the season of autumn look so pretty.

 

 

 

Why not take a look at some of our autumn fiction. Here is a selection of books with autumn in the title that you might like to try.