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Inevitably every fall, we began to see pumpkins everywhere we look and pumpkin spice mania takes over! So why not incorporate our love of pumpkins into our classrooms? These 14 picture books about pumpkins are the perfect way to do that!

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14 Picture Books About Pumpkins

Picture book: Too Many Pumpkin

Too Many Pumpkins

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White is the story of Rebecca Estelle who hates pumpkins. Growing up pumpkins were the only food her family could afford, so she definitely wanted nothing to do with them as an adult. Until one day, a pumpkin truck drives by and loses an enormous pumpkin in front of her house. She shovels dirt over the smashed pumpkin and tries to forget about it… until her entire yard becomes filled with pumpkins in the fall!

Picture book: Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell is perfect to use to tell the story of the life cycle of a pumpkin. Tim carves a pumpkin named Jack, but after Halloween, he puts Jack out in the garden. Tim observes the changes Jack goes through and covers the remaining pieces of Jack with dirt. Eventually, a new pumpkin begins to grow! You can even use this to introduce a pumpkin decomposition science experiement.

Picture book: Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Legend of Spookley: The Square Pumpkin

Legend of Spookley: The Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano has even inspired an animated hit after this loveable pumpkin! Spookley was teased for being different from the other pumpkins. But eventually discovered that being different can actually be a good thing! An engaging book to begin discussing the themes of self-acceptance and tolerance.

Picture book: The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll tells the story of two mice who fall in love with the same pumpkin, but they both want it to use it for different reasons. One wants to enter it into the biggest pumpkin contest while the other wants to carve it into a jack-o-lantern. This book helps students understand the idea of compromise and working together.

Picture books about pumpkins: The Runaway Pumpkin

The Runaway Pumpkin

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis tells the story of 3 siblings who find a gigantic pumpkin but break it off from its stem which leads it to become a runaway pumpkin. It encounters various characters along the way, which naturally lends itself to retelling activities for students. Similar to Gingerbread Man stories, this book features repetitive text anytime the pumpkin runs away to its next location.

Picture books about pumpkins: Stumpkin


Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins is an endearing character that students are guaranteed to love! Stumpkin is the perfect size, shape, and color for a pumpkin. But there’s just one problem – he doesn’t have a stem. He watches as the other pumpkins in the patch get picked and wonders if he’ll ever get selected to go to a new home!

Picture books about pumpkins: The Ugly Pumpkin

The Ugly Pumpkin

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz is a great book to compare and contrast with Stumpkin . Like Stumpkin, this pumpkin doesn’t fit in with the other pumpkins. But instead of waiting to be picked, he decides to go out to find a new home himself!

Picture books about pumpkins: Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper is the story of 3 friends who each have a specific job when it comes to making their pumpkin soup. Until one day, Duck decides he wants to try a different job. This leads to a fight between the 3 friends and duck leaving. Eventually, the characters learn the value of teamwork and sharing!

Picture books about pumpkins: pumpkin pumpkin

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington uses simple text and beautiful illustrations to tell the story of the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Picture books about pumpkins: Little Boo

Little Boo

Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli features an adorable little seed who just wants to be scary, but he can’t scare anyone. The wind advises him to be patient, but waiting can be hard. It features a very similar plot to the story The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown.

Picture books about pumpkins: Pumpkin Town

Pumpkin Town

Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy tells the story of Jose and his family who grow pumpkins. But the family accidentally caused an entire time to be overfilled with pumpkins. So they have to figure out a plan to fix their mistake!

Pumpkin picture books: Pumpkin Town

The Roll-Away Pumpkin

The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders is another book that is similar to Gingerbread Man stories but features a pumpkin instead. As the roll-away pumpkin encounters new characters, they all join the chase to stop the pumpkin. How will they stop it?!

Pumpkin picture books: Pumpkin Heads

Pumpkin Heads!

Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor simply introduces students to different types of jack-o-lanterns. It can spark their creativity to create their own! I used this text to introduce a pumpkin emotions activity for writing workshop.

Pumpkin picture books: The Very Best Pumpkin

The Very Best Pumpkin

In The Very Best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton Peter finds a tiny pumpkin growing all by itself. Day after day he carefully looks after his pumpkin to help it grow. After it grows into the very best pumpkin, the question becomes who should he give it to?

Which of these books about pumpkins do you love to use with your students? Do you have other favorite pumpkin books that didn’t make my list? Share them in the comments!


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