We’ve gathered the ultimate list of pumpkin books perfect for fall traditions and all things pumpkin! If you’re looking for other fantastic books, see our list of the best preschool books.
With fall comes pumpkin harvesting time. This means family and school outings to local farms and pumpkin patches, as well as, pumpkin decorating and carving. Bring pumpkins into the classroom with this pumpkin writing center, adorable pumpkin book characters, and of course, pumpkin crafts! Check out our puffy paint pumpkin, jack-o-lantern craft, and pumpkin suncatcher.
And don’t forget the pumpkin pie!
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Favorite Pumpkin Books This Fall
The season of autumn is filled with pumpkin spice and everything nice! Now’s the perfect time to break out the pumpkin books for kids. These books are a great way to teach children about pumpkins, the plant life cycle, and get them excited about the season.
The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders & Daniela Volpari
In this silly book, there is a very large pumpkin on the loose! Marla Little is chasing her roll away pumpkin through town. The pumpkin rolls and rolls, until finally landing in a large pot strategically placed in front of the rolling pumpkin, perfect for a big pot of pumpkin soup! The patterned text is perfect for young children to chime in with you!
It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
In preparation for their favorite holiday, Halloween, two siblings plant a pumpkin patch together. We follow the children through the process step by step as they turn the soil, make rows, plant the seeds, and water them. When the pumpkins turn orange, the children know that they are ready to pick. This book is perfect for a unit on the parts of a pumpkin and its life cycle and it’s adorable too!
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
A square pumpkin? Can it be true? In this patch, there is one special pumpkin named Spookley who isn’t round like his friends, he is indeed square! Spookley struggles with being different until one fateful night when he learns that being square has its advantages. A perfect fall story that reminds preschoolers of the importance of acceptance and love for one another.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
The infamous Laura Numeroff does it again with this very special pumpkin book. Perfect for young readers, the mouse takes us on an adventure as he decorates all seven of his pumpkins! He chooses to give them faces with varied emotions, which is a perfect segway to help your preschoolers identify feelings. The perfect short pumpkin story!
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
Head out on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose! Their friend, Thistle, finds a beautiful pumpkin so Duck and Goose decide they want a pumpkin too! They look everywhere, even in the apple tree, to find a pumpkin! They are feeling frustrated until they learn of one place with lots of pumpkins. Your preschooler will love going on a hunt with Duck and Goose and laughing at all their silly antics.
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin is a clever take on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Tag along as we try to get this itsy bitsy pumpkin back home safe and sound! Your preschooler will love the familiar rhythmic verses and the not-so-spooky characters this little pumpkin comes across.
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
The Runaway Pumpkin is quite entertaining and a must on any pumpkin book list. On Halloween day, three siblings find their ideal (and rather large) pumpkin on the top of a hill. They decide to cut the stem which in turn sends the pumpkin rolling down the hill. It rolls faster and faster, crashing through their farm and creating chaos. When they finally manage to capture the runaway pumpkin, the whole family enjoys contributing to carving, baking, and sharing the pumpkin. It’s a catchy and hysterical story full of rhymes and real-life action!
Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
Preschoolers love Pete the Cat! Enjoy the Five Little Pumpkins re-imagined with the “groovy” and always cool Pete the Cat! The original nursery rhyme language remains the same but the illustrations are fresh and fun! This book is super engaging and is still a fantastic pairing for the traditional fingerplay.
The Five Little Pumpkins fingerplay can be seen here as shared by the lovely ladies from Jbrary.
And check out this fun animated sing-along!
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Poor Rebecca has too many pumpkins! She certainly didn’t plan on this many pumpkins…in fact, she hates pumpkins! But when a pumpkin falls off a truck and lands in her yard, Rebecca covers it up with dirt and doesn’t think twice about it…until one day, she wakes up to a yard covered in pumpkins! Despite her disgust, Rebecca does something wonderful with all these pumpkins and shows young children how to be a great friend through the power of sharing and consideration.
This pumpkin book list was so fun to make! We hope that you love these books and they give you pumpkin to talk about! #SquashGoals!
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