Reading Roundup: Pumpkin Books!

October 23, 2013 in Teaching by Anna

It’s October and that means it’s time for pumpkins! I’ve gathered ten pumpkin books for another reading roundup! Whether you like pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, pumpkin contests, or punkin chunkin…pumpkins seem to be everywhere and in everything this month! October 26th is National Pumpkin Day, but why wait until then to enjoy pumpkins? Afterall, I already made these glow-in-the-dark pumpkins for decoration. If you like my reading roundups, you may enjoy this list of ten Halloween books I posted on Mom Endeavors or this list of books about apples.

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The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

Ugly Pumpkin is tired of being left in the field while all of the good-looking pumpkins go home with new owners. As he searches for a safe place to hide his feelings, he finds himself surrounded by other ugly pumpkins. Where can he be? This book quickly became a favorite of mine.

I Spy a Pumpkin (A Level 1 Scholastic Reader) Riddles by Jean Marzollo and Photographs by Walter Wick

This book actually doesn’t have a whole lot to do with pumpkins, other than the first hidden picture readers look for is a pumpkin. However, I thought I would include this book because many young readers learn to rely on picture clues to help them read text. In addition, if your child likes hidden pictures, scavenger hunts, or a little challenge, they would probably like this book. Anything that draws children to books is a good thing in my opinion. So this is one just to ignite that interest for a child who might like something of this sort.

Pumpkin Countdown by Joan Holub and Illustrated by Jan Smith

Readers can count down from twenty as they join Ms. Blue’s class on a field trip to the pumpkin patch. They might enjoy the rhyming or the highlighted number words that correspond with the numerals on each page. They might also enjoy the scavenger hunt, maze, pumpkin life cycle, song, or pumpkin facts that are included.

Pick a Perfect Pumpkin: Learning about Pumpkin Harvests by Robin Koontz and Illustrated by Nadine Takvorian

It’s pumpkin harvest time and Boy and Girl are learning all about pumpkins when they visit the pumpkin farm. Readers can learn about the pumpkin life cycle, their appearance, how to handle them, and much more. This book also contains a glossary, a short resource list, and directions to make a pumpkin critter.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles B. Schulz

Linus is convinced that The Great Pumpkin will be visiting his pumpkin patch on Halloween this year. He even talks Sally into waiting out the night in the patch to see if it deliver treats. The rest of the Peanuts crew is trick-or-treating and attending Violet’s party. Will Sally and Linus miss all the fun? How will Linus feel if The Great Pumpkin doesn’t show up?

Andy Shane and the Pumpkin Trick by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and Illustrated by Abby Carter

Andy isn’t a big fan of Dolores and he isn’t sure why Granny would trap him in to attending her birthday party…on Halloween! Not only that, but somehow she’s counting on him to help her prepare for the party too! In spite of his bad attitude toward her, Andy finds himself sympathizing with her when he finds out that tricksters have been destroying her pumpkins. Together they come up with several plans to trick them back and save her pumpkins. Will any of them do the trick? In the meantime, will Andy be able to think of a fitting gift for Dolores even though she’s not his favorite person? This book for young readers contains four chapters.

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

If you have little ones in your life, you’re likely familiar with Karen Katz and her lift-the-flap books. I know my boys love searching for the lost pumpkin in this one! Baby can’t find her special pumpkin and it’s Halloween night. Will Baby find it in time to go trick-or-treating? Readers can enjoy looking behind all sorts of objects and counting seasonal items throughout this book.

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

This also became a quick favorite with my boys. My three-year-old even practiced reading “No” throughout the story. Duck and Goose search for a pumpkin in all sorts of places before learning that the pumpkin patch might be the best place to look!

The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Humongous Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain

This early chapter book is full of foreshadowing and suspense for young readers. The bear scouts need to earn a few more badges. They decide to earn the Creative Merit Badge by entering the Spookiest Pumpkin Contest, and they have one more sleep-out to complete before earning the Sleep-out Merit Badge. In the midst of scout planning meetings, they witness Ralph Ripoff disappear on more than one occassion. Knowing he’s likely up to no good, they are driven further into their own investigation after seeing him talking with Papa. Before they know it, their pumpkins, Ralph Ripoff, and Gramps’ belief in Weaselworld connect through one sleep-out they’ll never forget. Will they be able to solve the mystery and earn their badges at the same time? (This is not an affiliate link.)

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat

Readers can enjoy Patty’s Pumpkin Patch from early spring through late fall as they read all about the life cycle of a pumpkin and enjoy the activities that take place in the field over time. They can simultaneously read their way through a lively alphabet that runs along each spread. (This is not an affiliate link.)

What is your favorite book about pumpkins?