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Books for kids about pumpkins

Books for kids of all ages about the orange gourd of October
Books for kids of all ages about the orange gourd of October

Whether you celebrate Halloween or just look on it as another day on the calendar, this is a great time of year to use pumpkins as an educational tool. With visits to pumpkin patches in Blue Lake, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and every other community in northern California, teachers are using pumpkins to teach about math, science, and history.

Books for kids about pumpkins
Cindi Rose

Want to keep that education going even after October 31 has passed or maybe just enjoy a good yarn about pumpkins? The San Francisco Children's Fiction Examiner recommends the following books about pumpkins for children of all ages.

Infant and up

A Pumpkin Prayer (Thomas Nelson, 2011) by Amy Parker

The Pumpkin Patch (PublishAmerica, 2008) by Verona Sorenson

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch (HarperCollins, 2004) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories

Ages 3 and up

Pumpkin Cat (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011) by Ann Mortimer

Apples and Pumpkins (Aladdin, 2011) by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell

Pumpkins (Lerner Classroom, 2008) by Robin Nelson

Ages 6 and up

That's Why They're Called Punkins (CreateSpace, 2011) by Jimmy Badavino and Christie Colangione-B

Legend of the Pumpkin Carver (OutskirtsPress, 2010) by Sharon M. Harvey

Lifecycle of a Pumpkin (Heinemann-Raintree, 2009) by Ron Fridell

Ages 9 and up

Me and the Pumpkin Queen (Greenwillow Books, 2009) by Marlane Kennedy

Toby: The Mouse Who Lived in a Pumpkin (AuthorHouse Publishing, 2011) by John Crespeno

Snowball Launchers, Giant-Pumpkin Growers, and Other Cool Contraptions (Sterling Publishing, 2006) by Tom Fox and Joel A. Hollander

Teen and up

Just Your Average Princess (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011) by Kristina Springer

Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature (Wordsong, 2009) by Heidi Mordhorst and Jenny Reynish

These books, and hundreds of others, about pumpkins are available online from retailers like Amazon, Powell's, and Biblio. They may also be found at independent bookstores like these in northern California.

Depot Bookstore & Cafe
87 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94941-1915
(415) 383-7012

Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 776-1111

The Book Seller
107 Mill Street
Grass Valley, California 95945-4701
(530) 272-2131