Pumpkin Books for Fall
3 Seasonal Kids Books
Pumpkins are an iconic symbol of Halloween and often play the starring role in fall-themed books for children. A member of the winter squash family, pumpkins have a natural sweetness that children love. What better way for parents and children to celebrate the season than by sharing books that feature pumpkins?
Among the bounty of pumpkin books available, these three seasonal favorites are a likely hit with children from preschool to elementary. Each book celebrates a culinary use of pumpkins as well as their seasonal significance.
"Big Pumpkin," written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by S. D. Schindler, tells the story of a witch with a quite literal green thumb. She grows a pumpkin so large that she cannot remove it from the vine to make pumpkin pie, "and Halloween is just hours away." One by one, a passing ghost, vampire, mummy and bat stop to help. With each encounter, lines are repeated, creating a mesmerizing rhythmic quality. To children's delight, the smallest among them leads his brawnier peers to success in harvesting the pumpkin. Although witches, vampires, mummies and bats sound scary, Schindler's colorful depictions of these Halloween ghouls are more comical than frightful.
"Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night"
Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Megan Halsey, "Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night" follows a boy and his mother through the tradition of creating a jack-o'-lantern. They first travel to a farmers market, where the boy searches for a "pumpkin that is as big and round and orange as a setting sun." Once he finds his perfect pumpkin, they go home to transform it into a jack-o'-lantern and roast its seeds. The tangible details Rockwell uses to describe the carving process will remind children of jack-o'-lanterns past and spark excitement for repeating the tradition. Megan Halsey's paper sculpture illustrations lend a three-dimensional effect to the sights of the season and capture the satisfaction the boy finds in each step of the jack-o'-lantern's creation.
"Pumpkin Soup," written and illustrated by Helen Cooper, is the story of a cat, a squirrel and a duck who live in a cabin deep in the woods. These unlikely housemates have a garden full of pumpkins, and each animal has his own special role in making pumpkin soup. All is well until the duck decides that he would like a different job. The resulting quarrel and its resolution is a lesson in compromise and friendship. Cooper's charming illustrations bring the relationship between the three friends to life. Though the story is not about Halloween, it combats the gloom of dwindling candy loot and saying goodbye to this year's jack-o'-lantern.
Yummy Pumpkin Recipes the Kids Will Love: