You are going to love these super sweet Pumpkin Books for Preschoolers to read in October. Who knew there were so many clever pumpkin books?
Pumpkin Books for Preschoolers
Fall is a time for apples, pumpkins, and beautiful colors. To celebrate this colorful season, snuggle up with some of the pumpkin books for preschoolers on this list! From board books to picture books, there are plenty of fun stories to keep little ones entertained and get them excited for the fall!
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin was written by Sonali Fry and illustrated by Sanja Rescek. This seasonal spin on the classic children’s rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” changes the words to tell the story of a small pumpkin rolling around town. The illustrations use vibrant colors, and kids will love the adorable main character.
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch was written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Pat Schories. Join the adorable puppy as he takes a trip to the pumpkin patch, picks out pumpkins, and finds a friend. The text is simple, and kids will love watching the silly antics of the cute dog.
Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin was written and illustrated by Tad Hills. This cute book follows the adorable bird friends as they go on a mission to find a pumpkin of their own. The text introduces concepts such as up, down, on, or under, and the ending will make kids laugh out loud.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…) was written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. In this cute board book, the popular mouse from the “If You Give a” series paints different faces onto pumpkins, introducing little ones to emotions. Check out these fun pumpkin activities for kids too!
Five Little Pumpkins was illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. This illustrated version of the popular children’s rhyme follows five pumpkins as they sit on a gate. The peppy rhymes will get kids bouncing along, while the illustrations are full of spooky Halloween scenes.
Little Boo was written by Stephen Wunderli and illustrated by Tim Zeltner. Follow a little pumpkin seed as he struggles to be scary. Everyone tells him that he will be scary eventually, but he worries that he will never scare anyone. The cute story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations featuring the adorable little seed.
Pick a Pumpkin was written by Patricia Toht and illustrated by Jarvis. This beautifully illustrated tale follows a group of children as they visit a pumpkin patch and choose pumpkins for carving. The lyrical text and earth toned illustrations will make you want to head out to the pumpkin patch yourself. Bring this book to life with these fun activities!
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever was written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett. Join two little mice as they both try to grow a little pumpkin to make it the biggest one ever. This cute story teaches an important lesson on teamwork.
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins was written and illustrated by James Dean. This spin on the popular children’s rhyme features everyone’s favorite cool cat. Kids will want to chant along with Pete, and will love watching the groovy cat dressing up for Halloween.
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin was written by Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta. Spookley is a square pumpkin who gets teased by the other pumpkins. But one windy night, he learns that what makes him different can save the day!
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie was written by Jill Esbaum. This nonfiction book introduces kids to the life cycle of pumpkins with large simple text, and bright, detailed photography.
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? was written and illustrated by Wendell Minor. Did you know that there are contests all over the country to find the biggest pumpkins? This book shares interesting facts about these fascinating pumpkin contests, while the detailed illustrations invite kids to dream big.
Apples and Pumpkins was written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell. This adorable book follows a young girl as she visits a local farm to pick apples and pumpkins with her parents. The simple text and sweet illustrations will inspire little ones to want to head to the farm for their own adventures.
Pumpkin Pumpkin was written and illustrated by Jeanne Titherington. This book celebrates the life cycle of pumpkins through a simple story and beautiful, detailed illustrations. Follow Jamie as he plants a pumpkin seed and nurtures it until it is time to carve for Halloween, and harvest new seeds for the following year.
The Roll-Away Pumpkin was written by Junia Wonders and illustrated by Daniela Volpari. Maria Little’s giant pumpkin is rolling away, and she needs help chasing it. The repeating structure of this story will have kids reading along, while they giggle at the funny illustrations.
Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan was written by Catherine Hapka and illustrated by Loryn Brantz. Join Splat the cat as he heads to the pumpkin patch and finds the perfect pumpkin. But how will he get it home? Kids will love watching the beloved cat enjoying their favorite fall traditions.
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin was written and illustrated by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The Bear Family is growing a pumpkin for the Big Pumpkin Contest. The story holds an important message that winning isn’t everything, and the nostalgic illustrations highlight the loving bear family and the beauty of the fall season.
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? was written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Join the kids of Mr. Tiffin’s classroom as they learn about skip counting and estimation, using pumpkins and seeds. The text is full of interesting facts, and the illustrations feature a diverse group of students eager to learn and explore. Check out these fun activities to pair with the story!
The Very Best Pumpkin was written by Mark Kimball Moulton and illustrated by Karen Hillard Good. Peter’s grandparents grow the best pumpkins on their farm. When Peter nurtures a tiny pumpkin into the very best pumpkin, will he keep it for himself or share it with a new friend? The story is accompanied by sweet, folksy illustrations.
The Vanishing Pumpkin was written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. When a 700 year old woman and an 800 year old man notice that their pumpkin is missing, they go on a mission to find it. They visit lots of funny characters along the way, highlighted in the illustrations, done in dePaola’s popular style.
Looking for more fun, pumpkin themed printables for kids? You will love these free printables:
- Work on letter recognition with these Free Pumpkin Letter Find
- Practice writing letters from A to Z with these Free Pumpkin Traceable Letters
- Work on reading skills with these Pumpkin Homophone Puzzles
- Learn about the pumpkin life cycle with these Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheets
- This Pumpkin Shape Game for Preschoolers is a great way to work on shape recognition
- Kids will be excited to practice counting with these Pumpkin Candy Count and Trace
- Use pumpkin seeds to try this hands-on Pumpkin Counting mat activity
- These trace and erase Pumpkin Tracing Lines are a great prek tool
- Have fun practicing addition with these Free Pumpkin Addition Worksheets for prek