7 Pumpkin Books with Fun Activities for Kids

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As I look over these pumpkin books, I realize that some of my favorite authors are included. When my kids were young, we loved books by Tasha Tudor, Tommie dePaola, Gail Gibbons & Steven Kroll. I hope your family enjoys them, too.

Be sure to try some of the pumpkin activities for kids that are listed under each of the books.

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Pumpkin Moonshine

By Tasha Tudor

I love Tasha Tudor!  Her illustrations are wonderful.

Language Arts Activities
At the end of the story, talk about what pumpkin moonshine is.

Art Activity:
Discuss how the illustrations were created. Let your kids do a pen & ink illustration or a watercolor illustration of a holiday.  Or, you can combine these media into one illustration.

The Vanishing Pumpkin

By Tommie dePaola

Tall tale about a 700 year old woman & 800 year old man.

Language Arts Activities
Rewrite the story using Unit 3 of Teaching Writing: Structure & Style

Find all the prepositional phrases associated with the ghoul and the rapscallion.  Write down other prepositions to help the ghoul look for the vanishing pumpkin. We have a free printable for this activity in our Fall Activities for Kids {Unit Study} & Free Fall Printables at the end of this post.

The Pumpkin Book

By Gail Gibbons

Science Activity:
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin activity

Art Activity:
Paint a pumpkin

 The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

By Steven Kroll

Language Arts Activities:
Find a page with much conversation. Show your child how to use quotation marks correctly. Use that page for copywork.   We have a free printable for this activity in our Fall Activities for Kids {Unit Study} & Free Fall Printables at the end of this post.

Rewrite the story using Unit 3 of Teaching Writing: Structure & Style

 Pumpkin Fever

By Charnan Simon

Rookie reader that includes several shapes in the story.

Math Activity:
After reading, ask your child to draw a circle, square, triangle, rectangle and ½ circle.  Discuss the differences & similarities.

Cut out shapes of orange & yellow. Let your child use the orange shapes to create a pumpkin and the yellow shapes to make a face.

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 The Pumpkin Patch

By Elizabeth King

If you can’t got a pumpkin patch or grow your own, the photographs in this book are an excellent substitute.

Language Arts Activity:
List all the adjectives in the book. Or choose a few pages and list the adjectives. For each adjective, tell the noun it describes.

Follow Directions & Homemaking Activity:
Make pumpkin bread. Click here for our recipe.


By Jacqueline Farmer

Fun pumpkin book about the history & science of pumpkins, as well as the legend of Jack-o-Lantern.

Homemaking Activity: 

Book includes directions to roast pumpkin seeds or make a pumpkin pie.

The Parable Series: The Pumpkin Patch Parable

I found this book on Amazon and wished I had a review copy. I’ve enjoyed many of Liz Curtis Higgs’ adult books, so I’m sure her children books are great too. If you can find  The Parable Series: The Pumpkin Patch Parable, grab it. Or, get a Kindle copy. It’s an alternative to Halloween using the harvest setting & the glow of the Good News.

What pumpkin books are your favorite to read with your kids?

If you’d like some more fun, fall activities for your kids, here’s our free Fall Unit Study with Activities. Just enter your email below & we’ll send it to your email address. It’s that easy…and it’s free.

You’ll also receive the printable that goes along with The Vanishing Pumpkin preposition activity above &  The Biggest Pumpkin Ever quotation marks activity above..

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