Picture Books about Pumpkins

It’s pumpkin season! Whether you’re preparing for a trip to your local pumpkin patch or creating a pumpkin-themed classroom or homeschool unit, these 15 pumpkin picture books are sure to be a hit! From silly stories to engaging nonfiction, this list has something for everyone!

I’ve provided age recommendations for each book but of course, these are only guidelines, since every child learns and develops at his or her own pace. Be sure to also check out my other fall-themed book lists: Picture Books for Halloween, Halloween Books for Toddlers, and Perfect Picture Books for Autumn.

The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

When Nell goes pumpkin picking, she finds a bumpy little pumpkin that looks just right to her. Her older sisters think the pumpkin is too small and too ugly to make a good jack-o-lantern, but Nell perseveres and proves to her family that jack-o-lanterns can come in all shapes and sizes. Ages 3-6.

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell

A little girl and her parents spend a beautiful autumn day picking apples and pumpkins at a local farm. This sweet story is a perfect read-aloud before a child’s first visit to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard! Ages 2-6.

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer and James Graham Hale

Cheerful, detailed watercolor illustrations and simple, clear text give young readers an entertaining lesson in the growth cycle of a pumpkin plant. Ages 5-8.

Pumpkin Town! by Kate Mcky and Pablo Bernasconi

Five brothers, the children of a pumpkin farmer, accidentally scatter pumpkin seeds over a small nearby town. The following autumn the town is overrun with pumpkins and the brothers must work quickly to make things right. Colorful collage illustrations accompany this amusing story. Ages 4-7.

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas

The perfect read-aloud companion to a math or science curriculum, this fun storybook explores skip counting and estimation, as well as discussing the anatomy of a pumpkin. Packed with humor and heart, the story also teaches a valuable lesson about how good things often come in small packages! Ages 4-8.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White and Megan Lloyd

Rebecca Estelle hates pumpkins so much that when one falls off a truck and lands in her yard, she buries it so she won’t have to look at it again. The following year she ends up with a bumper crop of pumpkins, much to her chagrin. Not wanting them to go to waste, Rebecca Estelle puts aside her pumpkin prejudice and whips up a lovely surprise for her neighbors. Ages 3-8.

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

Young Tim carves his first pumpkin and names it Jack. After Halloween is over and the pumpkin starts to rot, Tim takes it out to the garden, where, over the next several months, his pumpkin decomposes and a vast pumpkin plant grows from its seeds. Ages 4-8.

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

This charming nonfiction picture book is packed with information on pumpkins, including the different varieties, how they grow, their traditional uses and cultural significance. This book would make a useful addition to a classroom or homeschool unit on pumpkins. Ages 5-8.

Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach

This simple, rhyming poem is a Halloween classic! Ages 2-5.

Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr and Whitney Martin

When thousands of pumpkins from an untended field roll down a hill into a neighboring village, the mayor decrees that each citizen will take home a share of the bounty to carve jack-o-lanterns and bake pies for a Halloween celebration. Ages 3-6.

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (National Geographic Kids) by Jill Esbaum

This informative nonfiction book is full of colorful photographs and contains just enough info to pique the interest of beginning readers. Ages 4-7.

Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli and Time Zeltner

In this adorable Halloween-themed story, a little pumpkin seed yearns for the day when he can be big and scary. Ages 2-6. Also available as a board book.

Pumpkins by Jacqueline Farmer and Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

In a detailed, yet conversational fashion, the author shares a wealth of information on the humble pumpkin, including the history, growth cycle, and plenty more. The watercolor illustrations depict a diverse group of children cheerfully growing, carving, and eating pumpkins. This book is so chock-full of fascinating facts, I’m not ashamed to admit that even I learned a few things! Ages 5-9.

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

The Ugly Pumpkin spends all of October in the pumpkin patch, waiting for someone to take him home. But as Thanksgiving approaches, the ugly pumpkin discovers his true calling. He’s not a pumpkin at all – he’s a squash! This surprising twist on The Ugly Duckling is funny and inventive. Ages 3-6.

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat

Patty’s pumpkin patch is a very busy place all year long! There is always something happening, from planting seeds in the spring and tending to the blossoms in the summer, all the way to autumn when buyers arrive to take the pumpkins home. This is another great book to read before or after a trip to your local pumpkin patch. Ages 2-6.

If you have any favorite pumpkin picture books that didn’t make my list, be sure to leave me a comment!


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