Top 5 Pumpkin Read Alouds

I am constantly in search of simple, yet engaging books to use in the classroom and at home with my toddler. When looking for a book to read to special education students or early learners, I always make sure the sequence is easy to follow and there are only a few sentences MAX per page. There are a ton of pumpkin books out there, but I have picked my top five that I would recommend for all students, but especially for those that are still working on their listening endurance (the amount of time they will attend to a read aloud).

Top 5 Pumpkin Picture Books


Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Story about a boy as he follows his seed while it grows into a pumpkin. Perfect for teaching the pumpkin life cycle in a super simplified way. We used this for our fiction text in October’s Made For Me Literacy Curriculum. Check out the pumpkin diagrams we make in the unit!


Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Apple and pumpkin lessons kind of overlap into October. It’s about a family trip to the farm, where the little girl gets apples from the orchard and pumpkins from the patch. This book is a great way to transition from apples to pumpkins, as well as compare/contrast pumpkins and apples.Below is one of the anchor charts we used in October’s Made For Me Literacy . What a great way to sneak in a venn diagram, but with visuals that our students will understand!

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

A pumpkin gets loose and rolls down a giant hill. Follow along with the family on the farm to see where the pumpkin ends up! Below is a fun tear paper pumpkin craft you can match up with this book from our Pumpkin Unit


It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe hall

Zoe Hall has always been a favorite author of mine to share with my students. The illustrations are always bright and captivating and the text is very easy to follow! I like doing this easy directed drawing from our Pumpkin Unit.

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff

Mouse paints different emotions on his jack-o-lanterns. Simple, fun, engaging, and easy to whip up some emotion visuals for sequencing the different pumpkins. Be on the lookout for a freebie to use along with this book in the next few days!

If you need more pumpkin activities, check out our Made For Me Literacy Pumpkins Unit!


What are your favorite pumpkin read alouds?


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  1. Valerie on October 22, 2018 at 3:17 am

    What a great selection of books! I work with elementary readers of varied levels and I feel any of these will be a big hit. I’m enjoying your blog!

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