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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.

When it comes to children’s stories about pumpkins, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Biggest Pumpkin Ever to popular sellers like Big Pumpkin to some of our favorite hidden gems like Too Many Pumpkins.

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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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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Too Many Pumpkins
Written by Linda White & illustrated by Megan Lloyd
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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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Penguin and Pumpkin
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
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You're My Little Pumpkin Pie
Written & illustrated by Natalie Marshall
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

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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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  • The Biggest Pumpkin Ever - 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.

  • Big Pumpkin - 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!

  • 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?

  • Little Boo - 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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A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster
Written & illustrated by Amy Young
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

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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Trip to the Pumpkin Farm
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Pick a book. Grow a Reader! <p/>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! <p/>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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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Written by Charles M Schulz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-

Spooky tricks and hilarious treats abound in this retelling of the beloved Halloween special that comes with holographic foil and embossing on the cover! <p/>Celebrate Halloween with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang! <p/>It’s Halloween night, which means costumes, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples…and waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Linus is certain that the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch to bring toys to all the children of the world. Could this be the year that it finally happens? <p/>Find out in this stunning storybook with an embossed cover with holographic foil! <p/>(c) 2015 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Deluxe Edition (Peanuts)
Written by Charles M Schulz & illustrated by Maggie Testa and Vicki Scott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-18

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

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  • Pumpkin Pumpkin - 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.

  • Bear Detectives - Can the Bear Detectives find Farmer Ben’s missing pumpkin?<BR>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. <P>”From the Hardcover edition.”

  • 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.

  • How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? - 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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Dragon's Halloween
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
From Dav Pilkey, creator of the #1
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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!
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Five Little Pumpkins
Written by Public Domain & illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A wickedly fun rhyming treat!

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Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
This educational exploration of a pumpkin's life-cycle is a must for any aspiring scientist or farmer!
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This Little Pumpkin
Written by Aly Fronis & illustrated by Luke Flowers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Celebrate the season with pumpkins doing fall activities in this Halloween-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy”! This little pumpkin went to market. This little pumpkin cuddled with bats. This little pumpkin played in the leaves. This little pumpkin tried on some hats. The pumpkins are getting ready for their Halloween adventure! In this Halloween twist on “This Little Piggy,” these little pumpkins are enjoying fun fall activities! With pumpkins cuddling with bats, playing in the leaves, trying on hats, scaring mice, gobbling treats, and wishing readers a Happy Halloween, little readers will love this creative, flowing twist on a favorite classic nursery rhyme!

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  • The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin - 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!

  • 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.

  • Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin - The Bear family might not win the blue ribbon for their entry in the pumpkin<BR>contest during the annual Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival, but they do gain<BR>a new appreciation of the true spirit of the holiday and all they have to be<BR>thankful for.

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The Vanishing Pumpkin
Written by Tony Johnston & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
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Recommend Ages: 4-7
A classic Halloween story about a pumpkin gone missing is certain to delight readers of all ages!
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It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!
Written by Laura Numeroff & illustrated by Felicia Bond
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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.

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The Pumpkin Runner
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold
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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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Ella and Owen 4: The Evil Pumpkin Pie Fight!, Volume 4
Written by Jaden Kent & illustrated by Iryna Bodnaruk
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In this fourth book in the Ella and Owen series, the dragon siblings run up against an evil pumpkin king, a hungry spider, and a witch. On top of that, they have to deal with an army of pumpkins that want to fight with pie, when all the twins really want to do is get home without getting lost. <p/>As the fourth book in the Ella and Owen series begins, Ella’s sense of adventure gets the twins in trouble–yet again! The siblings are stuck outside at night, unsure of where they are, when a light in the distance intrigues Ella. The two end up meeting an evil pumpkin king, traveling through a graveyard to meet with a witch, and getting caught in a spider’s web. In order to get a map from the pumpkin king so they can find their way home, they even have to help an army of pumpkins fight the witch! Just in time for Halloween, this new addition to the fun dragon-y series has lots of spooky, scary bits while being filled with non-stop action and silliness. <p/>This early chapter book series has it all–humor, adventure, a dash of some gross-out stuff, and just the right mixture of sibling rivalry/love. Black and white illustrations with dragon details galore on every page add to the enjoyment, making Ella and Owen’s world pop on each page.

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The Pumpkin War
Written by Cathleen Young
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
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.

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  • Ten Orange Pumpkins - 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.

  • Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins -

  • Pumpkin Day! - 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. <p/> 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.

  • 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.”

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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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Seven Orange Pumpkins Board Book
Written & illustrated by Stephen Savage
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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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