10 Pumpkin Books Perfect for October

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Hello October and Hello EVERYTHING pumpkin themed! I am 100% guilty of pumpkin craze and I fully support it in our home! From piles of mini pumpkins and a big ol’ giant pumpkin at the front porch we are pumpkin happy over here! It’s also no secret that we LOVE a good picture book! :) So today I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite pumpkin books! I borrowed all of these from the library but I do have a treasury of my own pumpkin books too (they’re just in storage somewhere after our move last year.) Ok, so lets start from the top:

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The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

She’s my number one, go-to author for most things non fiction! I love Gail Gibbons Pumpkin Book and my littles do to! The brightly coloring illustrations and pages filled with great facts, history, and fun ideas are perfect for inquisitive little minds!

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Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

I love this story because it does a perfect job transitioning from all the apple fun in September to the pumpkin play in October! Its also a great story about family time together too!

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How BIG Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

Travel across the country with the imaginative pumpkin story! From rocketship pumpkins in Florida to hot air balloon pumpkins in New Mexico this book is bursting with creativity! This book is a lot of fun to read and the pictures really spark the imagination!

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Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

I love this book to go along with our studies on the pumpkin life cycle! It’s perfect for littles because it’s not full of a lot of words but it has great pictures and perfectly tells the story from seed to pumpkin! The pencil illustrations are pretty great too!

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The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever! by Steven Kroll

Anyone else love mouse stories? What is it about them that’s just so sweet and endearing in a picture book? Anyway, this story is a precious tale of two mice caring for a pumpkin with high hopes of enjoying their growing treasure!

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Plumpy, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo

Peter the tiger is on a hunt for the perfect pumpkin! This would be a great story to accompany a trip to the pumpkin patch! The sing-song, rhythm and rhyme in this song is so much fun! It’s a short but sweet story with bright colorful pictures! Great for little ones as well as school age little too!

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The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting

Y’all know I LOVE a good Fall Fair! :) So naturally this story was a favorite! Sadie bug keeps asking me to read it again and again. I think it’s the fair loving heart inside her too! This cute story tells about a fantastic pumpkin fair complete with pumpkin patch, pumpkin music, pumpkin games and ends with a wonderful display of pumpkin carved faces! The story bounces along the a rhythm with rhyme making it just SO much fun!

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The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

This story is a Fall companion to the winter story, The Biggest Best Snowman (which I’m a big fan of too!) I love that this story reminds us that little people can do big things too! Little Nell feels small compared to her big sisters but her forest friends work together to remind her that she’s got great ideas and can do wonderful things! Little Nell’s sweet mama loves on her little girl and the big sisters come around in the end.

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See It Grow Pumpkins by Jackie Lee

Non fiction is a big favorite over here! The See It Grow series doesn’t disappoint. It’s a book perfect sized for little hands. The real life photographs are engaging and the facts are presented so that little ones can grasp them and enjoy learning!

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Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Rebeca Estelle is a funny lady who does not like pumpkins at all because of a season where they were the only option she had to eat. When a pumpkin truck drops a pumpkin surprise Rebeca Estelle finds herself face to face with the produce she despises most! This story suits better for readers who can listen a little longer but it’s a good one and worth the time. It teaches a good message too and I always like that! :)

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Our Favorite Apple Books

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This is such a sweet little story. Apple Farmer Annie owns her own apple business and we read about her daily adventures preparing to set up at the market and selling her apple goods! The colorful illustrations and recipe for apple treats at the end of the book make it extra special!

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I LOVE this story! It’s about a precious family on an apple picking adventure. It’s includes lots of non-fiction facts, activity ideas, an applesauce recipe, a poem and a song too!

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This one is definitely a classic! Hilarious counting fun and how great is it to repeat

“fiddle-dee-fee!” haha!

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This cute trio try balancing a stack of apples on each of their heads! They pile up 10 and try their best to protect them from all kinds of funny challenges until a collision and everyone ends up sharing apples piled up together!

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We really enjoyed this book because it does a great job of showing numbers, number value along with a cute, easy to read story. Perfect for reading to littles who stay captured for shorter lengths of time.

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This story does a great job of sharing the cycle of life in an apple tree. It covers seasons beyond just the Fall- what the apple tree looks like and does in the Winter, Spring, and Summer too!

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This story of a little goat ends with a sweet surprise. His apple snacking turns out to be an exciting solution to a problem he didn’t know he had!

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Little fox is on the hunt for mysteriously missing apples! He discovers his thoughtful friends collected the apples to celebrate Little Fox in a surprise party!

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This one was another favorite! We LOVED the cut out shapes to make new images with each turn of the page. It’s bright, colorful, but simple and fun! It’s a perfect story to pair with shape study and the cycle of life for an apple tree and it’s inhabitants! It’s sure to be a hit!

Have another apple story you and your littles enjoy? I’d love to hear all the suggestions! Send them our way! And if you’re looking for some activities to go with those great books I have just the thing for you! Be sure to check out the All About Apples Play and Learn Calendar available on my resource page!

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Transportation Play- numeracy & sorting skills

Today we read Donald Crew's picture book, Freight Train. It's a perfect book for preschoolers of different ages and stages. Sadie loved the bright colorful train cars and Macie Jane really liked learning about the different types of train cars. We used the book as inspiration for our numeracy play today.

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We used a printable in the transportation unit along with a sentence strip but a long piece of construction paper would suit just as well. I cut the train cars out for this activity because I wanted Macie Jane focus more counting than cutting (although it wouldn't be bad for her to do both- we were limited on time too.) I glued the engine car at the end of the sentence strip and reviewed left to right progression. (We count/write from left to right.) Then I let her independently order the cars. She got most of them in order but had a few mixed up. We reviewed number order together and she glued the cars on to the sentence strip. 

This activity serves as a great anchor. I put it up over our calendar area and I'll plan to use it as a reference for future activities as well as for daily review. 

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Our next activity was a sorting activity. These are so fun for both girls in their respective stages of development in preschool. 

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Macie Jane is getting really good at using scissors while Sadie still just has a great time cutting everything into bits- nothing wrong with that. :) After the various forms of transportation were cut out in one piece I let the girls sort them according to where they travel, land water, or in the sky. It was a hit and the gluing portion was equally engaging as the cutting part was! :)    

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