15 Children's Books About Pumpkins

It's pumpkin time! This is the time of year... from mid-September into early November... that pumpkins are harvested and sold. It is estimated that 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are sold each October. Some of those pumpkins will find their way into pumpkin pies or pumpkin soups. Some will become fun fall-themed crafts. Some will even be fed to animals and livestock. But most of those pumpkins will be carved into jack-o'lanterns and placed on front porches for Halloween. Listed below are 15 children's books about pumpkins. Fiction and nonfiction books for all ages are included. Keep reading to rediscover some old classics and find new favorites.

A collection of 15 children's books about pumpkins. Fiction books about pumpkins. Nonfiction books about pumpkins. Ages PreK to 3rd grade.
 


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1. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman 

🎃 Author's Summary: 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!

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

🎃 Title: Big Pumpkin
🎃 Author: Erica Silverman
🎃 Illustrator: S.D. Schindler
🎃 Publisher: Aladdin
🎃 Year Published: 1995
🎃 Pages: 32


2. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbard

🎃 Author's Summary: 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.

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbard

🎃 Title: Pumpkin Jack
🎃 Author: Will Hubbell
🎃 Illustrator: Will Hubbell
🎃 Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
🎃 Year Published: 2000
🎃 Pages: 32


3. You're My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshall

🎃 Author's Summary: You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie is an adorable 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.

You're My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshall

🎃 Author: Natalie Marshall
🎃 Illustrator: Natalie Marshall
🎃 Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
🎃 Year Published: 2018
🎃 Pages: 18


4. Pop-Up Peekaboo: Pumpkin by DK Books

🎃 Author's Summary: An interactive pop-up book that inspires hands-on learning. Tactile elements and delightful imagery will encourage the development of motor skills and early learning. Bold, brightly colored pictures, lift-the-flap pages, and entertaining rhymes. Pop-up Peekaboo: Pumpkin provides lots of opportunities for parent-and-child interaction and hours of Halloween fun!

Pop-Up Peekaboo: Pumpkin by DK Books

🎃 TitlePop-Up Peekaboo: Pumpkin
🎃 Publisher: DK Children
🎃 Year Published: 2016
🎃 Pages: 12


5. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

🎃 Author's Summary: 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. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper's delightful story will resonate with children who have known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

🎃 Title: Pumpkin Soup
🎃 Author: Helen Cooper
🎃 Illustrator: Helen Cooper
🎃 Publisher: Square Fish
🎃 Year Published: 2005
🎃 Pages: 32


6. Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

🎃 Author's Summary: 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. A heartwarming classic for more than twenty years, this story shows what happens when one thrifty gardener figures out how to make other people happy with the squash she can't stomach.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

🎃 Title: Too Many Pumpkins
🎃 Author: Linda White
🎃 Illustrator: Megan Lloyd
🎃 Publisher: Holiday House
🎃 Year Published: 1996
🎃 Pages: 32


7. The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain

🎃 Authors' Summary: This Berenstain Bears story is a perfect way to teach children about what they should truly be thankful for. Come for a visit to Bear Country with this classic from Stan and Jan Berenstain. It's November, and the Bear family is entering the Thanksgiving Festival's Big Pumpkin Contest. Will winning be the only thing that matters, or will the Bear family learn about the true meaning of Thanksgiving?

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain

🎃 Authors: Stan and Jan Berenstain
🎃 Illustrators: Stan and Jan Berenstain
🎃 Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
🎃 Year Published: 1990
🎃 Pages: 32


8. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

🎃 Author's Summary: "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. Bold, autumn-colored paintings and a simple but lively story capture a little girl's joy and satisfaction as she shares in the excitement of the fall season.

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

🎃 Title: Apples and Pumpkins
🎃 Author: Anne Rockwell
🎃 Illustrator: Lizzy Rockwell
🎃 Publisher: Aladdin
🎃 Year Published: 2012
🎃 Pages: 24


9. Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

🎃 Author's Summary: When Splat goes to the pumpkin patch with Seymour, he’s determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever. But when he finally does, Splat finds out the real challenge isn't the pumpkin picking—it's how to get the pumpkin home! Read all about Splat’s funny autumn misadventures in Splat the Cat: Pumpkin-Picking Plan!

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin Picking Plan

🎃 Author: Catherine Hapka
🎃 Illustrator: Loryn Brantz
🎃 Based on the Books by Rob Scotton
🎃 Publisher: Harper Festival
🎃 Year Published: 2014
🎃 Pages: 24


10. The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders

🎃 Author's Summary: When a large pumpkin gets away from its young owner, Marla, an amusing and lighthearted pursuit ensues. As it rolls down country roads, through a farm’s haystacks, past a milkman and his cart, over a stone bridge, through a city’s bistro, and past a butcher shop, readers will enjoy as each subsequent person joins in the young girl’s chase after the runaway, rollaway pumpkin, making for a silly procession that gets even sillier when the group encounters a marching parade. A pleasing ending has the ever-growing group enjoying a cauldron of pumpkin soup.

The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders

🎃 Title: The Roll-Away Pumpkin
🎃 Author: Junia Wonders
🎃 Illustrator: Daniela Volpari
🎃 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
🎃 Year Published: 2014
🎃 Pages: 34


11. Pumpkin Day! by Candice Ransom

🎃 Author's Summary: Carve out family time for this Step 1 Step into Reading early reader! Read along as a boy and his family visit a pumpkin patch to pick out perfect autumn gourds! Buoyant rhymes and joyful art evoke the excitement of the season.

Pumpkins big and pumpkins small.
There are so many—I want them all!

Pumpkin Day! by Candice Ransom

🎃 Title: Pumpkin Day!
🎃 Author: Candice Ransom
🎃 Illustrator: Erika Meza
🎃 Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
🎃 Year Published: 2015
🎃 Pages: 32


12. From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

🎃 Author's Summary: Read and find out about how pumpkins grow from a tiny yellow seed to a pumpkin in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book. This is a clear and appealing environmental science book for early elementary-age kids, both at home and in the classroom. Plus it includes a find out more section with activities such as an experiment to show how plants use roots to drink water from the ground and a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds.

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

🎃 Title: From Seed to Pumpkin
🎃 Author: Wendy Pfeffer
🎃 Illustrator: James Graham Hale
🎃 Publisher: HarperCollins
🎃 Year Published: 2015
🎃 Pages: 40


13. How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? By Wendell Minor

🎃 Author's Summary: 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, and even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? By Wendell Minor

🎃 Author: Wendell Minor
🎃 Illustrator: Wendell Minor:
🎃 Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
🎃 Year Published: 2016
🎃 Pages: 32


14. Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht

🎃 Author's Summary: 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.

Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht

🎃 Title: Pick a Pumpkin
🎃 Author: Patricia Toht
🎃 Illustrator: Jarvis
🎃 Publisher: Candlewick
🎃 Year Published: 2022
🎃 Pages: 40


15. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean

🎃 Author's Summary: 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. A New York Times bestselling favorite! Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins is 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."

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean

🎃 Author: James Dean
🎃 Illustrator: Kimberly Dean
🎃 Publisher: HarperCollins
🎃 Year Published: 2015
🎃 Pages: 32


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