One can’t think of Fall, without imagining colorful leaves, long nights, and pumpkins! A Fall night is the perfect time to cuddle with your little ones and read a great book! So here are some amazing children’s books featuring pumpkins.
I don’t know about you, but it is always nice to have something to look forward to after you are finished with your Fall cleaning. So why not grab a blanket, a book, and your baby for some reading and relaxing.
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Board Books Featuring Pumpkins
So, my first favorites in children’s books featuring pumpkins are the board books. I love them because they are fun, colorful, and very sturdy! Geared for even the youngest, board books featuring pumpkins are a true treat!
- A Pumpkin For Peter by Beatrix Potter. It’s a wild, autumn evening and the Rabbit family is on their way to get a pumpkin. The woods are windy and dark, but Peter Rabbit is definitely NOT scared. Not even a little bit. But on their walk, there are scary sights, scary sounds, and maybe even a scary somebody out in the woods. Will the Rabbit family meet some unexpected friends in the woods?
- You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshall. A sweet book that celebrates the little pumpkin pie in your life!
- The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry. A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen!
- Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. What will Biscuit find in the pumpkin patch? The perfect pumpkin and some friendly surprises! Join Biscuit for some Halloween fun in this new holiday board book.
Perfect Children’s Pumpkin Picture Books
As I mentioned before in my children’s books about apples post, picture books are my favorite thing to recommend. There are so many to choose from, and they really do spark a love of reading & learning. And totally go beyond(affiliate) “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“. So here are a few of my favorites:
- Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell. “When red and yellow leaves are on the trees,” a little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose “the best pumpkin of them all.” Back home, she helps to carve a grinning jack-o’-lantern face on the big orange pumpkin, which guards their doorstep on halloween night while her mother hands out shiny red apples and she and her father go trick-or-treating with the neighborhood ghosts and goblins.
- Thomas and the Runaway Pumpkins by Naomi Kleinberg. The fall pumpkin crop on the Island of Sodor goes missing! Train-loving boys and girls ages 4 to 7 will wonder: How will the Pumpkin Festival go on without them? With nothing to judge, what will happen to the pumpkin-carving contest? But never fear–Thomas the Tank Engine is here to help his friends Percy, Edward, Emily, and Henry get the festivities back on track! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the fall season and Halloween!
- Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White. Rebecca Estelle has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl when pumpkins were often the only food her family had. When an enormous pumpkin falls off a truck and smashes in her yard, she shovels dirt over the pieces and forgets about them. But those slimy pumpkin smithereens sprout up in autumn, and Rebecca Estelle finds a sea of pumpkins in her garden.
- Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn’t long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend.
- Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy Hutchinson. Kristy and her family and friends visit Battleview Orchards, where they
pick apples and pumpkins before returning home to bake an apple pie and make jack-o’-lanterns.
- Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon. Penguin’s curiosity about fall sends him on a journey to a faraway farm. But his younger brother Pumpkin is too little to come along! Can Penguin find a perfect way to bring the joys of the season back home so Pumpkin can join the fun?
Beginning Readers And Chapter Books For Pumpkin Fans
With my experience as a bookseller, beginning readers and chapter books are definitely the most versatile titles out there. They can work for younger readers that are on a higher level, and older readers that aren’t quite up to speed. Short, fun, and engaging, they are perfect for your child’s bookshelf.
- Flat Stanley and the Missing Pumpkins by Jeff Brown. There are so many fun ways for Flat Stanley to help on his uncle’s farm in the fall. Being flat comes in handy when picking corn and even acting like a scarecrow! But when pumpkins begin to disappear right before the county fair, will Flat Stanley be able to help?
- Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin by Kallie George. Spike thinks all the pumpkins they find are perfect, indeed: for juggling, leaping over, and bowling! But what will they do when Spike accidentally squishes all the perfect pumpkins that the ducklings find? These silly siblings learn one way a squished pumpkin can still be perfect—for making pumpkin pie!
- The Pumpkin Contest by Meredith Rusu. Peppa Pig’s playgroup is having a pumpkin contest. Grandpa Pig helps Peppa grow a giant pumpkin in his greenhouse — but the pumpkin is so big, they can’t even move it! Will Peppa and her pumpkin make it to the contest in time?
- The Pumpkin Patch by Margaret McNamara. Mrs. Connor’s first-grade class is going on a field trip! They’re headed to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins. Katie dreams of finding the perfect pumpkin. But the one she chooses isn’t perfect at all. It’s too small! But then her father shows her that wonderful things often come in small packages.
- Aaron Loves Apples and Pumpkins by P. Eastman. As Aaron the Alligator’s thoughts turn to apples, pumpkins, football, and . . . ghosts, his usual mishaps occur while playing outdoors with his friends
And these are my favorite chapter book titles:
- The Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliott. Eva’s class cannot wait for their field trip to the pumpkin farm! On the farm, they pick apples, milk cows, and even make new friends. But then an award-winning pumpkin goes missing! Eva and her friends will have to solve the mystery. Will they find the pumpkin in time for the holiday party… and also help a friend in need? In this sweet fall story, Eva discovers that everyone has something to be thankful for!
- Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin by Katherine Applegate. If Roscoe guesses the weight of a giant pumpkin, he’ll win a bunch of new books for the school library and a ton of candy! Easy, right? But a little black cat keeps trying to cross his path! Will the bad-luck kitty jinx Roscoe and ruin his chance to win?
Featured Pumpkin Fun For Everyone
And here are a few children’s books featuring pumpkins that are activities for the entire family!
Pumpkins Items You Must Have
I know that this post is talking about children’s books featuring pumpkins, but these items were just too cute not to share!