Bright orange pumpkins remind us of fall, Halloween, and delicious pumpkin pie. These books about pumpkins for young children will help to create additional pumpkin memories.

“Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin” by Tad Hills, Schwardtz & Wade Books, 2009, ages 2-5.

Where to find the perfect pumpkin? Duck and Goose hunt all around the woods and finally find the perfect one at the pumpkin patch. The simple text and bright oil paint illustrations will make this a fall favorite for very young children.

“Mouse’s First Halloween” by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Buket Erdogan, Simon & Schuster, 2000, ages 2-6.

Little Mouse is scared by the sights and sounds of Halloween. At first he is frightened by the sounds of swooping bats, rustling leaves, and a waving scarecrow, until he realizes a little bit of fright can make for a lot of fun. Bright illustrations and clever words portray the sights and sounds of fall.

“Pumply, Dumply Pumpkin” by Mary Serfozo, Illustrated by Valeria Petraone, Aladdin Paperbacks, 2001, ages 3-6.

Peter’s search for the perfect pumpkin is described through rhyming phrases and silly wordplay, like showy, glowy and plumply, dumply. Creative language and bright illustrations show how these tiger characters create the perfect jack-o-lantern.

“Ready for Pumpkins” by Kate Duke, Alfred A. Knopf, 2012, ages 4-7.

The class guinea pig, Herky, takes the summer off from school to live at the farm and grow pumpkins. In the fall, with a new class of students, he helps to clean out a pumpkin and saves the seeds for next summer’s pumpkin garden. Herky will teach readers about seeds, plants, and the patience required of a gardener.

The cooler weather of autumn makes for the perfect opportunity to snuggle up with a young listener and a few good books.

Review and photo by Elizabeth Dobler

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