Christopher's Harvest Time by Elsa Beskow
Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip by Elsa Beskow
We listed some more of fall books on amazon, but many of these you can find at your local bookstore or in the library.
And as for the mama of the house -- in small bits in pieces I am loving the book Lost On Planet China by J. Maarten Troost. Laugh out loud travel memoirs are my favorite reads and all of his books fall squarely in that category.