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10 Children’s Books for St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is already next week! If you are looking for a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity to do with your kiddos that is perfect for spring, make sure to check out my most recent post on Hands On As We Grow: Grow a Leprechaun Craft for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day Planted Leprechauns

My daughters and I actually made these on Thanksgiving Day, so I could submit my post by January 1st. The little leprechauns are still hanging out in one of our windowsills. My daughters had a lot of fun charting the growth of their leprechaun’s hair. They even held a contest amongst themselves on whose leprechaun’s hair grew the longest and the craziest. It didn’t take long for the leprechauns to receive their first hair cuts!

As a side note, I noticed my post was edited to include the words “Erin Go Bragh”. I have to admit, I had no idea what that meant. After a quick online search, I found that it means “Ireland till the end of time” or “Ireland Forever”. Interesting!

Besides doing some fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts, make sure to curl up and read a few St. Patrick’s Day books. All of the books I have listed below are books I was able to find at my library.

Books about Leprechauns

Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling

Count the leprechauns from one to ten as you repeat “Fiddle-de-fizz, ’tis magic, it is!” throughout this simple rhyming book.

The Littlest Leprechaun by Brandi Dougherty

Liam is a leprechaun who wants to have an important job like the other leprechauns. He tries many different jobs but discovers he is still too small to do any of them until someone needs his help, and he is just the right size for the job. Soon, he is busy doing many different jobs that only he can do with his new special friend.

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace

A sneaky little leprechaun is on the loose and wreaking havoc throughout this rhyming picture book. The reader never learns how to actually catch a leprechaun but sees various examples of traps that didn’t work. The mischevious leprechaun was too smart or too quick for each one of the traps! Will you be able to make a trap to catch a leprechaun?

How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess

This is another rhyming picture book. A group of kids devises a clever plan to trap a leprechaun, and they think it works. Unfortunately, the leprechaun escapes. But there’s no need to “shed a tear” since they can “try again next year”!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day by Roger Priddy

This rhyming board book tells all about leprechauns. The shamrocks are cut through the book and appear on every page going from biggest to smallest.

Books for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Let’s Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party by Rachel Lynette (8-12 years)

Learn about St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patrick, shamrocks, and how to throw your own St. Patrick’s Day party. Use this book as a reference of ideas as you consider food, decorations, invitations, and crafts to go along with a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Let’s Bake St. Patrick’s Day Treats! by Ruth Owen (6-9 years)

Use this book to learn how to make shamrock cookies, St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes, green pistachio muffins, a giant leprechaun cookie, a rainbow layer cake, and rainbow treasure cupcakes.

More Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrating Holidays: Saint Patrick’s Day by Rachel Grack (4-8 years)

Simple text explains St. Patrick’s Day. A recipe for Irish soda bread is also included.

What is St. Patrick’s Day? by Elaine Landau (5-8 years)

Learn about St. Patrick, Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, symbols of St. Patrick’s Day, and more. The end has an explanation of how to grow your own “cup of green”. (I actually didn’t see this book until after we had already done our St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun grass project.)

Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting (4-8 years)

Rabbit decides to plant some shamrocks in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. He continues to take care of his shamrocks plants as they grow day after day. Unfortunately, he gets up the morning of St. Patrick’s Day to discover his yellow pot filled with his precious shamrocks has disappeared and no one seems to know where it could have gone until…he talks to Goat. Will Goat and Rabbit be able to compromise in time for the St. Patrick’s Day parade?

Check out these posts for more themed books:

14 Children’s Books About Flowers

14 Children’s Books About Seeds, Plants, and Gardening

21 Children’s Books About Apples

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18 Children’s Books to Celebrate President’s Day

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Celebrating special days throughout the year can be a lot of fun! Recently, I had a post published on Hands On As We Grow about a fun activity to celebrate President’s Day that involved coins.

President Coin Rubbing

You can check out the fun President’s Day activity that promotes counting money and floating/sinking science on Hands On As We Grow here.

Sink and Float Counting Money President's Day Experiment

Below you will find a list of books (not listed in any particular order) that I compiled to go along with the easy tin foil boat money float or sink experiment (as it was called on Hands On As We Grow). These are all books I was able to check out from my library. I have included links along with the recommended ages (according to their descriptions on Amazon) for your convenience.

Books About Presidents

The President’s Day activity I did focused only on the presidents that were found on the penny, nickel, dime, and quarters. These books provide a little more explanation for presidents as a whole instead of focusing on specific ones.

President: A Presidential Primer by Joan Holub

Short rhyming poems and an additional sentence describe George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama in this board book about presidents.

Recommended ages: 3-5 years

What is the President’s Job by Allison Singer

Brief explanation about presidents, voting, campaigning, elections, requirements to be a president, monuments built to honor presidents, the White House, Washington D.C., Congress, and presidential traditions are given throughout this level 2 reader book. It ends with asking if the reader would like to be a president and a quiz on things discussed in the book.

Recommended ages: 5-7 years

If I Were the President by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Following the point of view of a young boy, this book talks about what he would do as a president, where he would live, what else he would be known as, and how the Secret Service agents would help him. It ends with a page explaining what the requirements of becoming a president are.

Recommended ages: 5-8 years

White House Winners: What You Don’t Know About the Presidents by L.J. Tracosas

A lot of words throughout this book explain the responsibilities of a president, three branches of the federal government, requirements to be president, and interesting facts about each of the 45 presidents. Did you know Abraham Lincoln is listed in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame?

Recommended ages: 6-8 years

Books About Abraham Lincoln (President on the Penny)

Look at a penny and a five-dollar bill. Whose face do you see? Abraham Lincoln’s face. Here are some books that focus on President Abraham Lincoln’s life and accomplishments.

I am Kind: A Little Book About Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

This board book starts off by asking the reader: “What kind of voice will you have?” It then mentions different voices a person may have, being kind, and speaking up for what is right.

Recommended ages: 2-5 years

I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

This book talks about how Abraham Lincoln loved to read, stood up for what was right, and knew how to write as a young child. As he grew older, he got in a fight against bullies, saw slaves, ran for president four times before being elected as president, and spoke against slavery.

Recommended ages: 5-8 years

What Lincoln Said by Sarah L. Thomson

This book follows the life of Abraham Lincoln as he earned his first dollar, studied law, became a lawyer, considered becoming president, won the presidential election, worked to keep the states together, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Recommended ages: 6-9 years

My Itty Bitty Bio: Abraham Lincoln by Emma E. Haldy

Simple text discusses where Abraham Lincoln was born, how he learned, whom he married, his presidency, freeing slaves, and who killed him. Questions are provided throughout the book for the reader to answer.

Recommended ages: 4-6 years

My First Biography: Abraham Lincoln by Marion Dane Bauer

This book discusses where Abraham Lincoln was born, what his childhood was like, how he learned, running for president, the Civil War, Gettysburg Address, and slavery.

Recommended ages: 3-5 years

Meet Abraham Lincoln by Patricia A. Pingry

This book talks about Abraham Lincoln’s childhood, growing up, getting married, being elected as president, having children, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War, and being shot and killed. It ends with discussing Abraham Lincoln being remembered by having his face on the five-dollar bill and penny and having the Lincoln Memorial built.

Recommended ages: 4+ years

Books about Thomas Jefferson (President on the Nickel)

Whose face will you find on a nickel? President Thomas Jefferson. These books focus on President Thomas Jefferson’s life and accomplishments.

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock

Thomas Jefferson read, read, and then read some more as soon as he learned to read. His love of books and reading continued as he grew older. He even “bought two thousand books in five years, more than a book a day.”  The books at the Library of Congress were destroyed in a fire during a war, so Thomas Jefferson donated over 6,500 books to start a new Library of Congress. Additional information and quotes are added throughout the pages.

Recommended ages: 8-12 years

First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby

This is the story of “how Thomas Jefferson inspired a school garden”. A class holds a garden contest and one girl really wants to win. She has a nickel (which has Thomas Jefferson on the front and his home, Monticello, on the back) as a good luck charm. The kids learn about the plant life cycle, growing plants, composting, taking notes, and a little bit about Thomas Jefferson throughout the story.

Recommended ages: 4-8 years

Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation by Peggy Thomas

Thomas Jefferson insisted America was worth visiting and living in. He tried hard to combat the negative remarks of another man, Count Buffon, to prove this, which led to an interesting (yet disgusting) story about a dead moose being transported for nine months. The book continues with more information about Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase. Quite a bit of text.

Recommended ages: 9-12 years

The True Story of the Quest for America’s Biggest Bones: Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt by Carrie Clickard

This rhyming book talks about Thomas Jefferson’s debate with Count Buffon and Jefferson’s persistence to prove that America was great leading to a mammoth hunt. An author’s note and additional back matter give more explanation.

Recommended ages: 4-8 years

Books about Franklin Roosevelt (President on the Dimes)

He may be the president found on the dime, but President Franklin Roosevelt was very challenging to find in children’s books at my local library. Unfortunately, I was only able to find one on him.

Nice Work, Franklin! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

There is quite a bit of text in this book, so younger kids may not be interested in sitting through the entire reading. It begins by talking about how “lucky” President Franklin D. Roosevelt was. Then it discusses his polio and being confined in a wheelchair. Some people didn’t think someone in a wheelchair could be strong enough to hold a job in the government, but he didn’t let that stop him from running for positions in government. At his presidential inauguration, he took a stand (literally) with the help of his leg braces, cane, and son. Once in office, Roosevelt had people build “dams, highways, tunnels, parks, schools, and bridges” among other things. It ends with “Nice work, Franklin!”

Recommended ages: 5-9 years

Books about George Washington (President on the Quarters)

Who is on the quarter? President George Washington, of course! We celebrate President’s Day on the third Monday of February each year because George Washington’s birthday is February 22nd. He was born 288 years ago (in 1732). You can also find states on the back of some quarters, but many of those states became states after George Washington’s time.

I am George Washington by Brad Meltzer

This book discusses George Washington’s childhood, who had a big impact in George Washington’s life, his job as a surveyor, joining the military, running for office (and losing), the American Revolutionary War, being chosen as a leader, and being a leader.

Recommended ages: 5-8 years

George Washington: The First President by Sarah Albee

This Level 2 Reader discusses George Washington’s role when independence from Britain was declared by America, George Washington’s childhood, Mount Vernon, the French and British War, meeting and marrying Martha Custis, and becoming the first president of the United States.

Recommended ages: 4-8 years

Meet George Washington by Patricia A. Pingry

This book talks about George Washington’s childhood, growing up, becoming a surveyor, becoming a plantation owner, meeting and marrying Martha Custis, the French and British War, the crossing of the Delaware River, becoming president, his time after his presidency, Washington D.C., and the Washington Monument.

Recommended ages: 4+ years

Books about Money

Money may not necessarily tie in with President’s Day, but it does tie in with the activity I did for President’s Day on Hands On As We Grow. Below are some books about money you can read as you look at coins with the presidents’ faces on them.

I did not write a description of each of these, but I did provide (affiliate) links to find more information. I was able to find all of these books at my local library.

Just Saving My Money by Mercer Mayer

Recommended ages: 4-8 years

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Recommended ages: 5-6 years

I Can Count Money by Rebecca Wingard-Nelson

Recommended ages: 6-9 years

Money Madness by David A. Adler

Recommended ages: 4-8 years

M is for Money: An Economic Alphabet by Debbie and Michael Shoulders

Recommended ages: 8-11 years

Books about Floating and Sinking

Floating and sinking may not necessarily tie in with President’s Day, but it does tie in with the activity I did for President’s Day on Hands On As We Grow. Below are some books about floating and sinking you can read before or after trying the President’s Day activity I wrote about.

I did not write a description of each of these, but I did provide (affiliate) links to find more information. I was able to find all of these books at my local library.

Boats Float by Rebecca Glaser

Recommended ages: 1-3 years

Big Machines Float by Catherine Veitch

Recommended ages: 4-7 years

What Floats? What Sinks? A Look at Density by Jennifer Boothroyd

Recommended ages: 6-9 years

Curious George: The Boat Show by Raye Lankford

Recommended ages: 4-7 years

Things That Float and Things That Don’t by David A. Adler

Recommended ages: 4-8 years

What Floats in a Moat? by Lynne Berry

Recommended ages: 5-9 years

Will you read any of these books as you celebrate President’s Day?



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14 Children’s Books About Teachers

8 Children’s Books About Community Helpers

25+ Books About Owls

10 Cookbooks for Kids

Themed Books

15 Children’s Books about Kindness and Friendship

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Happy February!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day (February 14th), National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th), and Send a Card to a Friend Day (February 7th) by reading some of these children’s books about friendship and kindness.

Pass it On by Sophy Henn

This book shows how simply passing on goodness can make someone else’s day. The phrase “grab your wellies and your coat” made me pause at first, but then I realized the book had originally been published in Great Britain. How can you “pass it on” throughout your day?

Kindness Makes us Strong by Sophie Beer

What is kindness? Simple text throughout this book gives multiple answers to what kindness is by giving examples of what children can do to show kindness.

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton

Brian doesn’t get chosen to be on a team or to attend a birthday party. He is often alone at school. He is the “invisible boy”. Then, a new student named Justin shows up. One simple act of kindness from Brian leads to some new friendships and a boy who is no longer “invisible”. The illustrations throughout this book definitely add to the emotions of the story.

Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

All the animals are grumpy but hats apparently make things better. Hooray for the hats and “hooray for friends!”

Lola’s Rules for Friendship by Jenna McCarthy and Sara Palacios

Lola has at least 347 friends. Then, she must move with her family and find ways to make new friends. Thankfully, she knows exactly what the rules for friendship are.

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtensheld

Limited rhyming text tells a simple story of how stick and stone go from a one and a zero to “a perfect ten”.

Rescue & Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes, and Scott Magoon

This was a beautifully written story based on a real-life friendship of Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and her service dog, Rescue. The story captures the feelings of Rescue and Jessica (who is portrayed as a girl in the story) as it goes back and forth between each of their points of view. Through hard work and determination, they are able to move forward together and become friends.

Friendship Quilt by Cecil Kim and HaJin Jeong

Hank tries very hard to make Raddie happy again after her grandmother passes away but nothing seems to work until he comes up with a great idea. He and his friends sew a quilt using fabric that has a special meaning to each of them (including a piece of fabric from Hank’s mom who had also passed away). The quilt filled with memories is then gifted to Raddie, and the friends are able to make more memories together.

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Karascoet

This story is told through illustrations only, but there is a brief explanation of the characters on the book jacket’s flap. The illustrations show the story of a new girl at school being picked on by a boy. Another girl decides to stand up and befriend her.

This is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy and Ben Mantle

The characters in this book are not sure what kind of book they are in. Is it an alphabet book, a fairy tale, or some other type of book? After much debate (and humor), the characters decide to work together and be friends.

Shy by Deborah Freeman

Shy is so shy he doesn’t make an actual appearance in the book until the end. He loves birds and sees one particular bird he wants to talk to but is too shy to say anything. The bird leaves. Shy goes out and searches for the bird and discovers the beauty of the world. But he is still too shy to say anything to anyone. He heads back home. Finally, he has enough courage to call out to the bird. And the two become friends.

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship by Michael Foreman

A soldier is preparing for war and is befriended by a dog, which he names Stubby. The soldier bonds with Stubby as he teaches him tricks and prepares with the other soldiers. He later sneaks him in his bag as he heads to battle. Stubby becomes a very important member of the soldier’s group. He alerts them of enemy soldiers, warns them of poison gas attacks, and snuggles during the cold, gunfire-filled nights. There are a few intense pages as Stubby is injured during battle, but he rejoins the soldier after six weeks of healing. Stubby returns home after the war as a hero. Based on a true story of a dog named Stubby during WWI.

We Can Get Along: A Child’s Book of Choices by Lauren Murphy Payne and Melissa Lwai

Sometimes people get along with each other and sometimes they don’t. This book explores the feelings based on the choices people may make and talks about how people can get along. There are additional pages in the back of the book for discussion.

Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children by Carol McCloud, Katherine Martin, and David Messing

Everyone has his or her own invisible bucket. People are happy when their buckets are filled with love and happiness, but they are sad when their buckets are empty. The book explains ways to fill other people’s buckets, so they can be happy.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill

A young girl reflects on how she could have shown kindness when another kid in her school spilled grape juice all over herself. Being kind isn’t always easy, but maybe she can start small. And maybe those small things will turn into something big!

What is your favorite children’s book about kindness and friendship?


Check out these posts for more themed books:

14 Childrens Books About Teachers

8 Children’s Books About Community Helpers

5 Interactive Educational Children’s Books

22 Children’s Books with Surprise Endings

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22 Children’s Books about Pumpkins

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Last month, I shared some apple books that had been listed in a course I created earlier this year entitled Foods and Food Production.

Foods and Food Production

This course, which was published on, includes information about 26 different foods and how they are grown, harvested, processed, and used.

Well, now that we are in October, I thought it would be fun to share books based on another food listed in the course. Pumpkins!

pumpkins on deck

Within the pumpkin section of Foods and Food Production, I provided the following:

  • introduction questions for students to answer
  • links to videos showing a pumpkin plant time lapse, an explanation of how pumpkins are harvested, how they grow, and the life cycle of pumpkins
  • lists of books about pumpkins (fiction and nonfiction)
  • more reading about pumpkins with links to other resources
  • a list of the top ten pumpkin producing countries
  • a flag match worksheet with the flags of the top ten pumpkin producing countries
  • information and links to videos that show what products are made with pumpkins
  • three pumpkin recipes to try
  • closing questions for students to discuss what they had learned about pumpkins

Today, I am sharing the lists of books about pumpkins that were included within the course. I was able to check all of these books out from my library.

Fiction Books about Pumpkins

These are the books about pumpkins that were found at my library in the fiction section.

My Pumpkin by Julia Noonan

This book is a My First Reader book that includes a total of 48 different words. It shows a young boy planting seeds in the spring, pulling weeds, watching the pumpkin plant grow, seeing a variety of pumpkin sizes, picking a pumpkin, and going to a pumpkin show to win a prize.

Oh My, Pumpkin Pie! by Charles Ghigna

This is a Step 2 Step into Reading book. It is a rhyming book that shows the varieties, shapes, and sizes of pumpkins and different things that can be made from pumpkins.

P is for Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin

This rhyming alphabet picture book goes from A-Z of items found in the fall such as apples, barn, and corn. It reinforces the fact that God made the Earth and everything. It ends with “…may you find every blessing that God’s autumn brings.”

Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer

A little mouse shows Cat how pumpkins grow by planting seeds, watering, waiting, transplanting the little seedling outside, watching, making a scarecrow, picking a pumpkin, and finally making a jack-o-lantern cat. The end of the book provides instructions for how to grow your own pumpkin.

Pumpkin Countdown by Joan Holub

A group of kids is going on a field trip to a pumpkin patch. The book counts down from twenty to one in a fun way and has illustrations for kids to find more pumpkin information and orange items. The illustrations show how pumpkins grow, what bees get from flowers, and different kinds of pumpkins. The book ends with a song to practice counting backwards.

Pumpkin Day! by Candice Ransom

This is a Step 1 Step into Reading book. It is a rhyming book that shows a family going to a pumpkin patch and picking out pumpkins. At home, they turn the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.

The Pumpkin Patch by Margaret McNamara

This is a level 1 Ready-to Read book that is part of the Robin Hill School series. The class goes on a field trip to a pumpkin patch, and a little girl named Katie tries to pick out the perfect pumpkin. She chooses a small pumpkin, but she worries her pumpkin may not be perfect until her dad helps her turn the small pumpkin into a pumpkin pie to share with her class.

Nonfiction Books about Pumpkins

These are books about pumpkins I found in the nonfiction section of my library.

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch by Jenna Lee Gleisner

This has simple text that talks about what you would see at a pumpkin patch including rows of pumpkins, people picking pumpkins, sorting the sizes of pumpkins, face painting, hay rides, and pumpkin treats. It also mentions that people take pumpkins home to make jack-o-lanterns to decorate for Halloween. At the end of the book, there are directions on how to paint a pumpkin.

From Pumpkin to Pie by Lisa Owings

This book tells when pumpkin seeds are planted, how the pumpkin plants grow, when pumpkins are harvested, how pumpkins are prepared for baking, what part of the pumpkin is cooked, and how pumpkin is prepared to make pumpkin pie.

Grow a Pumpkin Pie! by Jane E. Gerver

This book is a Hello Reader book that shows the process of planting seeds and growing pumpkins to make a pumpkin pie. The end of the book provides a sorting activity, matching activity, pumpkin patch maze, rhyming activity, and drawing activity.

Grow It Yourself!: Grow Your Own Soup by John Malam

This book talks about what a pumpkin is, different kids and sizes of pumpkins, how pumpkins grow, steps to plant and grow your own pumpkins, taking care of a pumpkin plant, and a recipe for pumpkin soup and pumpkin seeds.

Harvest to Home: Pumpkins by Lynn M. Stone

This book talks about what pumpkins can be used in, the variety of pumpkin sizes and shapes, pulp, pumpkins being processed for pumpkin paste, growing pumpkins, pollen, bees helping, and harvesting pumpkins.

How Did That Get to my Table?: Pumpkin Pie by Emily J. Dolbear

This book talks about how pumpkin pie requires pumpkins that grow on vines. It discusses how the seeds are planted, when they are harvested, what happens at the factory, how pumpkin pie is made, and how pies get in stores.

In a Pumpkin Shell: Over 20 Pumpkin Projects for Kids by Jennifer Storey Gillis

This book offers 20 pumpkin activities to do with kids such as making your own pumpkin patch, painting a pumpkin, making a pumpkin seed necklace, carving a pumpkin, and cooking various pumpkin recipes that are provided.

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin by Ron Fridell and Patricia Walsh

This book talks about what a pumpkin is, different stages of pumpkin maturation in step-by-step details, pollination, ripening, pumpkin problems, pests, harvesting, possibilities for pumpkins after they are harvested, the pumpkin life cycle in pictures, and pumpkin facts.

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson

This book offers actual photographs instead of illustrations. It discusses seeds and the pumpkin plants as they grow. It shows closeups of the large leaves, twisty tendrils, flower buds, little hairs, blossoms, and a bee, spider, and grasshopper on the pumpkin plant. After picking the pumpkin, it shows a pumpkin with seeds rotting into the ground and producing a new pumpkin plant. The end offers more information on how to grow pumpkins.

Pumpkin Harvest by Calvin Harris

Simple text that talks about fall being pumpkin season and shows pumpkins growing, vines drying, farmers picking pumpkins, and pumpkins being turned into jack-o-lanterns and pie.

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Simple text talks about a young child who planted a pumpkin seed and watched it grow until it produced a large pumpkin. The child picks the pumpkin, carves a face, and saves some seeds to plant another time.

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum

This book goes through the steps of pumpkin plants growing starting with seeds being planted and leading to pumpkins of many colors, shapes, and sizes. Even giant pumpkins you can sit inside! It also tells what pumpkins can be made into.

See It Grow: Pumpkin by Jackie Lee

This book shows a seed progressing into a pumpkin plant with vocabulary words such as true leaves, seed leaves, shoot, roots, and nutrients. It also has pumpkin facts such as “a pumpkin vine can grow 30 feet long.”

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

This book has illustrations instead of actual photographs and talks about the different shapes and sizes of pumpkins, how fields are prepared, what seeds have within them, how seeds are planted, what is needed for the seed to grow, the different stages of the pumpkin plant, the parts of the flower, pollination, the amount of time it takes to grow, history of pumpkins with Pilgrims and Native Americans, a history of Halloween, how to carve and decorate pumpkins, and other pumpkin facts.

The Pumpkin Patch: Story and Photographs by Elizabeth King

This book talks about and shows pictures of the work done in a pumpkin patch before pumpkin seeds are planted, where pumpkin seeds come from and what they look like (coated with a pink powder), how the plants grow, how they are harvested, and what pumpkins can look like.

For more fun with pumpkins, check out Our Grand Pumpkin Experiment from last year.

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22 Children’s Books with Surprise Endings

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I get together with a group of writers once a month to discuss various topics pertaining to children’s books and writing. Oftentimes, we use recent published children’s books as reference. Well, this month, we decided to discuss children’s books with surprise endings.

Tip: If you want to write children’s books, you must read recent children’s books!

I prepared for the meeting by finding multiple books that supposedly had surprise endings. Oddly, the first three or four books my daughters and I read together involved someone or something being eaten as the “surpise ending”.

Here are most of the books with surprise endings that I was able to check out from my library and read. Just a word of caution: You may want to read them ahead of time on your own before reading them to the little ones in your life because some of them were a little disturbing for a young child (in my opinion).

Children’s Books with Surprise Endings

Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin

Charlotte finally gets a pet of her own…a pet rock. But is it really just a rock?

Egg Drop by Mini Grey

An egg couldn’t wait to fly. Unfortunately, it attempts to fly. As you know, eggs don’t really fly…or do they? (Spoiler alert: The egg doesn’t fly. It shatters.)

I am a Tiger by Karl Newson

Mouse insists he is a tiger until he realizes he is something else. What could that something else be?

It’s Great Being a Dad by Dan Bar-el

Children with great imaginations pretend to be a unicorn (who gets her horn stuck), Bigfoot (who gets his foot stuck), a robot (who has stuck hinges), the Loch Ness Monster, a fairy queen ballerina doctor, and a sneaky flying alligator pirate (who steals the magic wand). Who will save the day?

Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear doesn’t know where his underwear has gone. He finds many other pairs of underwear, but they are all already being worn by his friends. Where will Polar Bear find his underwear?

Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen

Will the poor little guy successfully be eaten? The answer may surprise you!

Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis

A tadpole and caterpillar love each other, but tadpole keeps breaking his promise that he will never change as he slowly transforms into a frog. The caterpillar leaves upset and ends up changing into a butterfly. When she emerges as the butterfly, she decides to give her tadpole (whom she really loves) another chance. Neither she nor the tadpole (which is now a full grown frog) recognizes each other as the butterfly spots the frog. What do you think will happen when the hungry frog sees a butterfly he doesn’t realize is his lovely caterpillar?

Spoiler alert: Frog eats the love of his life without realizing it and spends the rest of his time wondering where his lovely caterpillar could be.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Did a bear really eat your sandwich? And who is claiming that a bear really ate your sandwich to begin with? I thought this was a cute story.

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson

All the animals are afraid of “The Giant Jumperee” until one brave Mama Frog shows up. Who is the Giant Jumperee scaring all of the animals?

Toto’s Apple by Mathieu Lavoie

Toto is a worm determined to get the apple. Toto makes many unsuccessful attempts until he finally gets the apple he wants. Unfortunately, the apple isn’t the only thing to get eaten.

Don’t Wake up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Why don’t the animals want the tiger to wake up? What happens if the tiger does wake up?

Eat Pete by Michael Rex

A monster wants to eat a young child named Pete. After having a lot of fun playing with Pete, the Monster finally gives in and (spoiler alert) actually eats the child. But, the monster realizes he isn’t having as much fun on his own. Thankfully, he is able to spit the child back out.

Life on Mars by Jon Agee

A young boy is determined he will find life on Mars. He goes home thinking he is successful, but is he really?

Pardon Me by Daniel Miyares

A bird demands to be alone on what he thinks is a rock. But is it really a rock, and who will get eaten?

This Book Will Not be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap

A mouse is quite adamant that the book will not be fun. Is he right?

You Don’t Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

And why don’t you want a unicorn? For starters, they wreak a lot of havoc.

Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

Good Little Wolf proves he is really a good little wolf but that’s not enough to transform Big Bad Wolf into a good wolf. Big Bad Wolf claims he will stop eating people…tomorrow (after he has already eaten a person).

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Is he really the biggest thing in the ocean? Or is there something even bigger in the ocean that will eat him?

I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Bear can’t find his hat but realizes he saw his hat on the head of rabbit. But how will he get his hat back? Spoiler alert: Bears eat rabbits (especially those who steal hats)!

The Baby that Roared by Simon Puttock

Mr. and Mrs. Deer really wanted a baby. One day they find a baby on their doorstep, but they don’t know what to do with the “peculiar” baby, so they invite Uncle Duncan (an owl), Auntie Agnes (a bunny), and Dr. Fox over to help with the new baby. Each of them mysteriously disappears, though, until Granny Bear shows up and burps the baby. Will Mr. and Mrs. Deer keep what they have discovered is a little monster?

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

Humpty Dumpty may have been physically put together by the king’s men, but he was emotionally scarred after “The Great Fall”. His new fear of heights kept him from enjoying his favorite things, and he is miserable until “an idea flew by”. Humpty Dumpty finally finds something that makes him happy again and decides to conquer his fear of heights. But what happens once he gets back to the top of the wall?

The Monster at the end of this Book by Jon Stone

And finally…the book at the end of this list. I had completely forgotten about this one (even though I own it) until someone at my writer’s meeting mentioned it. The Monster at the end of this Book is my favorite out of all of these books listed.

Grover pleads with the reader to not turn the pages of the book. He tries (unsuccessfully) to stop the reader from turning the pages because he is afraid of the monster at the end of the book. Who is the monster at the end of the book? That’s an answer that may even surprise Grover!

What makes a surpise ending in a children’s book a surprise ending? Do you have a favorite?


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