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Looking for a list of the best children's books about pumpkins?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to pumpkins. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about pumpkins.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about pumpkins can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Pumpkin Day!
Written by Candice Ransom & illustrated by Erika Meza
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

In this Step 1 Step into Reading early reader, a boy and his family visit a pumpkin patch to pick out perfect autumn gourds–just in time for Halloween! Buoyant rhymes and joyful art evoke the excitement of the season. Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

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Too Many Pumpkins
Written by Linda White & illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rebecca Estelle, an old woman who has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl and her family had nothing else to eat, finds herself with a full crop of them.

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Pick a Pumpkin
Written by Patricia Toht & illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The creators of Pick a Pine Tree are back with a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition. Pick a pumpkin from the patch. Tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right. Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside – savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o’-lantern.

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Penguin and Pumpkin
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When Penguin and Bootsy plan a field trip in search of Fall, Penguin’s little brother, Pumpkin, wants to come. Pumpkin is heartbroken to find out he’s too little to go, and when Penguin tries to say good-bye, his brother is nowhere to be found! At the farm, all the pumpkins Penguin sees remind him of his own special Pumpkin.

So Penguin and Bootsy bring a special surprise home to share a little touch of Autumn with Pumpkin. Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating Autumn and family in many forms!

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The Phantom Bandit
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

When you’re with Geronimo Stilton, it’s always a fabumouse adventure!The staff of The Rodent’s Gazette sent me on a vacation to Cacklefur Castle . But who could relax in such a spooky place? On my first night there I stumbled on a mystery. A phantom was threatening the special pumpkins that grow in the Von Cacklefurs’ garden! Could I trick the ghost-thief into revealing its identity?

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  • Pumpkin Jack - The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change. By spring, a plant began to grow! Will Hubbell’s gentle story and beautifully detailed illustrations give an intimate look at the cycle of life.

  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Deluxe Edition (Peanuts) - Celebrate Halloween with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this gorgeous deluxe storybook retelling of the beloved Halloween special! It’s Halloween night, and the Peanuts gang is busy dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and bobbing for apples. Meanwhile, Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin to rise from the pumpkin patch and bring toys to all the children of the world. Come along with Linus and the rest of the gang in this beautiful deluxe storybook with a cloth cover, lush foil stamping, and incredible illustrations! It’s the perfect read for fans of Peanuts and the classic Halloween special. © 2018 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • You're My Little Pumpkin Pie - A sweet book that celebrates the little pumpkin pie in your life! With adorable illustrations, shaped cutouts, and raised elements, You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie is a sweet board book to share with your little one. With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut shapes to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story. This endearing board book is a wonderful read for Halloween or any time.

  • Trip to the Pumpkin Farm - Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! 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!

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The Bear Detectives
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Can the Bear Detectives find Farmer Ben’s missing pumpkin?With some misguided-but always enthusiastic and well-meaning-advice from Papa Bear, they’re hot on the trail of the pumpkin thief. Illus. in full color. “From the Hardcover edition.”

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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
Written by Margaret McNamara & illustrated by G. Brian Karas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Carve out family time with this Halloween read that features the beloved Mr. Tiffin and his students and makes for a fun way to reinforce counting skills at home! This book makes a wonderful read-aloud companion to any math or science curriculum, and it’s a fun way to reinforce topics like skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment! How many seeds are in a pumpkin? Mr. Tiffin asks his class as they gather around the big, medium, and small pumpkins on his desk. Robert, the biggest kid, guesses that the largest one has a million seeds; Elinor, sounding like she knows what she’s talking about, guesses the medium one has 500 seeds; and Anna, who likes even numbers better than odd ones, guesses that the little one has 22. Charlie, the smallest boy in the class, doesn’t have a guess. Counting pumpkin seeds is messy business, but once the slimy job is done, to everyone’s surprise, the smallest pumpkin has the most seeds! As Charlie happily exclaims, Small things have a lot going on inside of them. And don’t miss the newest addition to the Mr. Tiffin series, The Dinosaur Expert!

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The Pumpkin Elf Mystery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With more than one million copies in print, READY, FREDDY! has been a huge success in Scholastic’s Book Clubs. Who is the Pumpkin Elf, and where is he? Freddy Thresher and the rest of his first-grade class follow clues to find a mysterious Halloween elf who comes to their classroom at night and plays tricks on everyone. The teacher says that the Pumpkin Elf will only leave treats if the class behaves. Can Freddy and his friends find the elf, mind their manners, and collect their pumpkin surprises?

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Dragon's Halloween
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

From Dav Pilkey, creator of the #1New York Timesbestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Dragon, the heartwarming hero adored by Dav’s youngest readers!Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic’s early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow! Dragon is so excited for Halloween! He plans to carve a big, scary jack-o’-lantern and create a creepy costume. Unfortunately, Dragon can’t find a big pumpkin, and he can’t decide which costume to wear. Plus, when Dragon goes for a walk through the woods, he hears some unexpected growling – yikes! Will Dragon’s Halloween be filled with more tricks than treats? This Acorn edition contains brand-new bonus content, including how-to-draw pages!

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Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

A hilarious illustrated middle grade series for reluctant readers starring a vampire girl, Amelia Fang. Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball. Then the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realize things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem…

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  • Five Little Pumpkins - A wickedly fun rhyming treat! With bouncy, rhyming text in verse from the classic nursery rhyme and bold, dynamic illustrations from acclaimed author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino, Five Little Pumpkins is a must-have Halloween board book!Roll along with the pumpkins and their spooky friends as they get into some spirited Halloween fun. The perfect gift for little pumpkins everywhere.Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate.The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late!”

  • Pumpkinheads - A 2020 Tayshas Reading List SelectionA 2020 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Selection In Pumpkinheads, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award-winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place–and a person–with no regrets. Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different–Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if–instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut–they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . . What if their last shift was an adventure?

  • Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden - This educational exploration of a pumpkin’s life-cycle is a must for any aspiring scientist or farmer! We can be sure of this: It’s a circle without end. It’s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins to pumpkin seeds again! This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle-a bug’s eye and a bird’s high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing . . .and then going back to earth. An author’s note explains how to grow your own pumpkin. Awards Parent’s Guide Award Reviews “If you weren’t a pumpkin lover before, you will be after checking this neat book out.” -Fast Forward magazine “Eye-catching full-color photography and rhyming text. . . . An excellent choice for fall pumpkin studies.” -Public Schools of North Carolina’s Infotech “Your books will help us put an emphasis on early reading and help improve the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding farmers and agriculture.” -American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

  • Pumpkin Moonshine - Join a little girl’s autumn adventure in this cherished tale from Caldecott Honoree Tasha Tudor that’s now available in a Classic Board Book edition. It’s almost Halloween, and little Sylvie Ann has found the biggest, fattest pumpkin in the patch! But before she can carve it into pumpkin moonshine (also known as a jack-o’-lantern), she must get the pumpkin home. This Classic Board Book from beloved author-illustrator and Caldecott Honoree Tasha Tudor celebrates fall in all its glory!

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The Pumpkin Patch Puzzle
Written by Carolyn Keene & illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

When the plans for the annual pumpkin decorating contest are smashed, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew are on the hunt for a Fall Festival felon. It’s autumn in River Heights, and that means it’s time for the annual Fall Festival! Nancy, Bess, and George are excited for a whole week of games, rides, delicious treats, and the famous pumpkin-decorating contest. They are all participating for the first time this year! But the day the girls are set to compete, all the designs for the contest are stolen and the decorating supplies are destroyed. If the culprit doesn’t come forward, the contest will be canceled–and a River Heights tradition will be ruined. It’s up to Nancy and the Clue Crew to solve this pumpkin patch mystery!

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The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The Bear family might not win the blue ribbon for their entry in the pumpkincontest during the annual Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival, but they do gaina new appreciation of the true spirit of the holiday and all they have to bethankful for.

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The Pumpkin Runner
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nearly all the sheep ranchers in Blue Gum Valley rode horses or drove jeeps to check on their sheep. But Joshua Summerhayes liked to run…with Yellow Dog trailing behind him.” So it’s no surprise when Joshua decides to enter a race from Melbourne to Sydney. People laugh when old Joshua shows up in his overalls and gumboots, calmly nibbling a slice of pumpkin for energy. But then he pulls into the lead, and folks are forced to sit up and take notice. Inspired by a true event (and just in time for fall’s pumpkin harvest!) a talented team introduces a humble and generous hero who knows that winning isn’t always the reason to run a race.

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It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!
Written by Laura Numeroff & illustrated by Felicia Bond
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he decorates all the pumpkins in the patch in this sweet board book from Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Mouse is excited for fall because that means it is time to decorate pumpkins! But one is missing. Where could it have gone? This is the perfect Halloween book for the very youngest reader, and is just the right book to get kids and budding artists inspired to work on their own Halloween crafts.

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The Vanishing Pumpkin
Written by Tony Johnston & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A classic Halloween story about a pumpkin gone missing is certain to delight readers of all ages! When a 700-year-old woman and an 800-year-old man want to make pumpkin pie on Halloween, they can’t find their pumpkin. “Our pumpkin’s been snitched,” cries the woman. And off they go to find it. “A good bet for Halloween story hours.”–School Library Journal “There can never be enough Halloween stories. This one is appealing, participatory, fast-paced and a delight in the telling.”–Children’s Book Review Service

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  • Marley: Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin - Halloween fun with goofy, well-intentioned Marley the dog!This I Can Read stars Marley, the mischievous dog from the New York Times and international bestseller Marley & Me by John Grogan. Marley’s family wants their giant pumpkin to win a prize at the fair. But on the big day, their silly dog sends the pumpkin on a wild ride instead!This Level Two I Can Read is geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

  • The Pumpkin War - Cathleen Young’s characters will forever have a place in my heart. –Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s Former best friends compete to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin and win the annual giant pumpkin race on the lake. A great pick for fans of Half a Chance and Gertie’s Leap to Greatness. At the end of every summer, Madeline Island hosts its famous pumpkin race. All summer, adults and kids across the island grow giant, thousand-pound pumpkins, then hollow one out and paddle in it across the lake to the cheers of the entire town. Twelve-year-old Billie loves to win; she has a bulletin board overflowing with first-prize ribbons. Her best friend Sam doesn’t care much about winning, or at least Billie didn’t think so until last summer’s race, when his pumpkin crashed into hers as she was about to cross the finish line and he won. This summer, Billie is determined to get revenge by growing the best and biggest pumpkin and beating Sam in the race. It’s a tricky science to grow pumpkins, since weather, bugs, and critters can wipe out a crop. Then a surprise visit from a long-lost relative shakes things up, and Billie begins to see her family, and her bond with Sam, in a new way.

  • Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book - From a sneaky spider to a ghostly chef to a sly mummy and crafty witch, join your favorite spooky creatures as ten orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise. Bright, bold, and fun, Ten Orange Pumpkins is a perfect read-aloud and is sure to capture the imagination of the littlest trick-or-treaters.

  • Stumpkin - Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

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Big Pumpkin
Written by Erica Silverman & illustrated by S.D. Schindler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can’t get it off the vine. It’s so big the ghost can’t move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there’ll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day. How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You’ll be surprised!

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The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
Written by Steven Kroll & illustrated by Jeni Bassett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Two mice, a village mouse and a field mouse, unwittingly care for the same pumpkin and have different plans for it until they finally meet.

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Seven Orange Pumpkins
Written & illustrated by Stephen Savage
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A rhyming Halloween counting board book sure to delight the youngest trick-or-treaters

Now in a board book edition for the youngest reader, join a sneaky spider, a wily witch, a silly scarecrow, and other favorite spooky creatures as seven orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise. Bright, bold, and fun, Seven Orange Pumpkins is a perfect read-aloud and is sure to capture the imagination of the littlest trick-or-treaters.

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Perfect Pumpkin
Written by Kallie George & illustrated by Oriol Vidal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Feather, Flap, and Spike are on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin to decorate in this sweet story about autumn fun.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! Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

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  • Runaway Pumpkins - A class trip to the pumpkin patch almost ends in disaster in this rollicking tale of resourcefulness and resilience. The old adage of “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade” is reborn with pumpkins! When a bumpy road and a faulty bus storage lock release a load of handpicked pumpkins back into the wild, the students on a field trip are left with a single pumpkin. Pluckily, they decide to take what they have and do what they can. Together they decorate the only surviving pumpkin for their harvest fair. But good fortune comes knocking the next day when a group of kind neighbors arrives at the school. They found the smashed pumpkins and turned them into celebratory seasonal fare, perfect for sharing: yummy soup, cake, pie, and even fries!

  • Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin - Pinkalicious is on a search to find a pink pumpkin in this pinkerrific new lift-the-flap book! With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises on every page, Pinkalicious fans will be perfectly pleased!

  • Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins - New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a groovy rendition of the classic favorite children’s song “Five Little Pumpkins,” sung by cool cat Pete and perfect for Halloween. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins is in a sturdy paper-over-board format and filled with vibrant, engaging illustrations for even the youngest of Pete fans. Young Halloween fans will enjoy chanting along with Pete: Five little pumpkins Sitting on a gate. The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”

  • A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster - The fourth book in the A Unicorn Named Sparkle series features pumpkins, silly adventures, and of course, a sparkly friendship ― perfect for Autumn! Lucy and our favorite unicorn are back in Sparkle the Unicorn and the Pumpkin Monster. Lucy and Sparkle love Halloween, especially at Frank’s Pumpkin Farm. They get to run through corn mazes, play games, decorate pumpkins, and most importantly: eat a lot of cider donuts. But Lucy and Sparkle discover one big difference between them ― Lucy loves to be scared every once in awhile. Sparkle? Not so much. When Lucy takes the scary part of Halloween one step too far for Sparkle, she must comfort her frightened unicorn pal ― and win back his trust.

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Little Boo
Written by Stephen Wunderli & illustrated by Tim Zeltner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A pumpkin seed tries unsuccessfully to be scary until it grows into a pumpkin and Halloween arrives.

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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin
Written & illustrated by Tad Hills
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

After seeing Thistle carrying a pumpkin, Duck and Goose decide they must find one for themselves and search in such places as in a log, in a tree, and under the water. On board pages.

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How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?
Written & illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country—the 2012 record-holder weighed over a ton! The latest craze is to carve the most enormous pumpkins into racing boats. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.

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Froggy Picks a Pumpkin
Written by Jonathan London & illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy and friends enjoy a back-to-school ritual: a trip to the pumpkin patch. Froggy can’t wait to pick a pumpkin. He plans to carve a jack-o’-lantern and make a pumpkin pie. Prizes are given for the biggest, smallest, and prettiest pumpkin, but when Froggy trips and smashes his pumpkin, he takes home a special prize–for the ugliest pumpkin!

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Pumpkin Pumpkin
Written & illustrated by Jeanne Titherington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Jamie plants a pumpkin seed in the spring and, after watching it grow all summer, carves a face in it for Halloween! But best of all, he saves some seeds that he will plant again next spring. “Truly a book for all seasons.”–Horn Book.

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  • Pumpkin Countdown - Fall has come, and what better way to celebrate than a field trip to the pumpkin patch! From 20 name tags on coats all the way down to 1 last pumpkin song, the class counts everything in sight! Follow along in this sweet, rhyming picture book, with interactive counting on each spread. Count the 8 orange pumpkins, tall, 7 yellow pumpkins, bumpy, and much more! Including autumnal illustrations and pumpkin facts, this book is perfect for the fall season and an extra fun way to teach children to count backward from twenty.

  • Pumpkin Island - Drawn from life, Arthur Geisert’s Pumpkin Island is the fantastical story of a real life town brought to a halt by a profusion of pumpkins. Elkader, Iowa, is the perfect picture of small town life–that is, until the pumpkins arrive. One pumpkin? Fine. Two pumpkins? Okay. But with pumpkins growing around every street corner, and over every building, what’s a town to do? In these pages, Geisert imagines the town of Elkader overrun by the pumpkins that grow on Pumpkin Island, which sits in the Turkey River, right outside his kitchen window.

  • We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt - In this spin on the classic song “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” pumpkins and autumn take center stage. A spooky nighttime hunt for the biggest pumpkin in town results in a fright but also a great adventure. Our brave band of adventurers set out one night to find “the biggest pumpkin in town.” First encountering the darkness of night, they bolster one another with the refrain, “I’m not scared. Are you? Not me!”, even though the littlest mouse can’t help but shiver in fright. Their group’s courage stands up in the face of night bugs, and obstacles like trees, a mountain, and a river. But when the search ends with the discovery of a spooky jack o’lantern with pointy teeth and big, bright eyes, the children hightail it back through the trees, the river, the tall grass, and the dark of night, all the way to the safety of home. Have the night’s antics gone too far? Oh, no, everyone’s laughing out loud–it’s fun to be scared with friends!

  • Apples and Pumpkins - In preparation for Halloween night, a family visits Mr. Comstock’s farm to pick apples and pumpkins.

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The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Written by Sonali Fry & illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

This gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween! The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street. He passed a ghoulish ghost and some stinky goblin’s feet. 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! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!

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The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever!
Written by Steven Kroll & illustrated by Jeni Bassett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A lift-the-flap pumpkin search-and-find based on the New York Times bestseller!We all love pumpkins, there are so many kinds.How many pumpkins can you find?From the bestselling team of THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER! this search-and-find novelty board book puts all of the attention on the often overlooked hero of autumn and Halloween: PUMPKINS! Search through 5 spreads to find the pumpkins hiding in various scenes that highlight both fall and Halloween themes.

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A Pumpkin for Peter
Written & illustrated by Beatrix Potter
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Hop into the world of Peter Rabbit and his friends in this charming board book! 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? A sweet story about friends, this book has a gentle message about facing up to fears of the dark with a reassuring ending and beautiful illustrations throughout.

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We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt
Written by Goldie Hawk & illustrated by Angie Rozelaar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In this delightful twist on a popular folk song, three trick-or-treaters go on a spooky adventure to find a pumpkin!We’re going on a pumpkin hunt.We’re going to find a big one.What a beautiful night!We’re not scared.Three trick-or-treaters are looking for the perfect pumpkin on a beautiful, Halloween night. They have to make their way through some sticky cobwebs, flying bats, and even a dark, spooky house! But they’re not scared. The trick-or-treaters eventually find their pumpkin and…a ghost!This book publishes simultaneously in board.

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Curse of the Attack-O-Lanterns
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Goosebumps meets NERDS meets Scooby Doo in this graphic novel mystery series about the power of misfits. The Creeps are in trouble, again. When rule breaking during one of their investigations lands the detectives in “service detention,” the four friends find themselves lugging pumpkins off a foreclosed pumpkin patch. To thank them for their service, Sheriff Obie allows each Creep to take home a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern. Bad idea. Once carved, the jack-o-lanterns come to life–and attack everyone within reach! It turns out the pumpkins came from a cursed patch, and to stop the Attack-o-Lanterns from destroying their town, the Creeps will have to team up with the patch’s unpleasant owner, Old Lady Bitterwood, who happens to be a witch.

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