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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 Schoolhouse Teachers, 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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Crafts and Projects · Writing Appearances

What Does Cotton Ball Transfer from Room to Room Mean?

I’ve enjoyed writing a number of posts for Hands On As We Grow as a monthly contributor. Completing the activities and projects that I write for them gives me some motivation to do even more fun activities with my daughters. It also keeps the creative juices flowing as I try to come up with new ideas.

Recently, I was asked to come up with an activity that involved a “cotton ball transfer from room to room”. If you were asked to do that, what would you do?

I wasn’t quite sure what to do at first. I ended up grabbing some painter’s tape and started making designs from my kitchen to my living room.

From there, I invented an activity that ended up being great practice for color recognition (different colored clothespins), counting (cotton balls in shapes), shape recognition (how many sides), gross motor skills (walk the lines), and fine motor skills (using clothespins).

Even my cats wanted to check out the activity, although I don’t think they learned anything!

You can find more information about the cottonball transfer challenge for kids on Hands On As We Grow here.

 

For more posts about Hands On As We Grow writings, check out:

Celebrate National Penguin Awareness Day

25+ Books About Owls

Celebrate Dinosaur Day!

Build Sand Castles Inside Using Brown Sugar

Themed Books · Writing Appearances

21 Children’s Books About Apples

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Earlier this year, I created a course for Schoolhouse Teachers called Foods and Food Production, which included information about 26 different foods and how they are grown, harvested, processed, and used.

Foods and Food Production

One of the sections included in the course is a great theme for this time of year. Apples!

Within the apple section, I provided the following:

  • introduction questions for students to answer
  • links to videos that show a tour of an apple orchard, how apples grow, how apples are harvested, and how they are packed in a facility
  • a list of apple books to read
  • information about apple seeds and the life cycle of apple trees
  • a link to an apple coloring book
  • a list of the top ten apple producing countries and states
  • links to videos that show how apple sauce, apple juice, and apple cider are made
  • three recipes that include apples as an ingredient
  • closing questions for students to answer as a recap of what was learned throughout the lesson

Today, I am sharing some of the books about apples that are listed within the course. These are all books I was able to check out from my library.

children's books about apples

Nonfiction Books about Apples

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

An Apple Tree’s Life Cycle by Mary Dunn

This book discusses the number of apple tree kinds, the life cycle of an apple tree starting with a seed and progressing through the different seasons, and pollination by bees.

Apple Harvest by Calvin Harris

Simple text talks about how apples are ready to be picked in the fall, how the apples are picked, treats apples can be turned into, and asks what other signs show the season of fall.

Apple Harvest by Jenna Lee Gleisner

Simple text talks about apples being picked in the fall and the treats apples can be turned into. There is a recipe for Apple Pizza at the end of the book.

Apples by Gail Gibbons

This book discusses the history of apples, John Chapman, the parts of an apple, the parts of a flower, pollination, the process of apples growing, products that can be made with apples, some common apples found in North America, how to care for an apple tree, an apple pie recipe, how apple cider is made, and some apple facts without a lot of text.

Additional Note To Parents: This book does state that apple trees have been in existence for two million years.

Apples by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed

This is a level one reader book that simply states the variety of colors apples can be, how apples grow, when they are picked, and a couple of treats apples can be used in.

Apples by Jacqueline Farmer

This book has quite a few words. It discusses how apples are grown, the parts of an apple blossom, pollination, when apples are ready to harvest, some varieties of apples, how apple cider is made, the difference between apple cider and apple juice, how to store apples, nutrition of apples, and the history of apples including information about Roman beliefs, the folktale of William Tell, and the true story of Johnny Appleseed. The end of the book includes a recipe for apple pie and more apple facts and records.

Additional note to parents: Under the apple history section, it states “most apple historians believe that sweet apples were cultivated…around 6500 BCE.”

Apples by Ken Robbins

This book also has quite a few words. It discusses how apples are grown, picked, and used as an ingredient in a variety of recipes. At the end, it shows nine different apple varieties.

Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz

This book shows a family visiting an apple orchard and seeing the different colors of apples, the different sizes of apples, workers picking and storing apples, apple worms (moth caterpillars), an apple game, and apple cider. There are directions at the end of the book for making a dried apple wreath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bite into an Apple by Lynn Brunelle

This book has quite a bit of text. It talks about where apples come from, why apples bruise, how apples must be stored, different varieties of apples, how apples are transported to stores, how apples are processed into applesauce, how to use acid such as lemon juice to keep an apple from browning quickly, difference between apple juice and apple cider, how apples are packaged, what to do with a bruised apple, how apples are tested, how apples are picked, a technique for ripening apples faster once picked, how to prevent bugs from eating apple trees, how to keep apple trees healthy, how apples form, pollination, grafting, Johnny Appleseed, and more apple facts.

Additional note: This book does not include a link because I couldn’t find it on Amazon, but I was able to find it at my local library.

From Apples to Applesauce by Kristin Thoennes Keller

This book talks about applesauce, where apples are grown, how apples are picked by hand, how apples are packed and sent to factories, how apples are processed into applesauce and sealed into containers at the factories, where applesauce can be found, and grafting. There is a recipe for homemade applesauce at the end of the book.

How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro

This book is part of the Let’s-Read-And-Find Out Science series and is a detailed explanation of how fertilization takes place to create apples. It talks about the blossoms, how flowers become apples, animal helpers such as bees, the different parts of the flowers, how the flowers are fertilized, what is inside of an apple, a few varieties of apples, and picking apples.

Additional note: If you want to read this book but can’t find it in your library and don’t want to purchase it, you can watch and listen as it is being read in this video (7:57).

Let’s Cook with Apples!: Delicious & Fun Apple Dishes Kids Can Make by Nancy Tuminelly

This book has some apple history, cooking safety, cooking basics, measurements, cooking terms, what kinds of apples to use for different recipes, tools in the kitchen, ingredients, and some apple recipes to try including an apple-wich, apple sundae, pickled apples, apple chips, apple salsa, and more.

Life on an Apple Orchard by Judy Wolfman

This book has quite a bit of text. It is told from the point of view of a girl who lives on an apple orchard with her family. The book discusses the apple trees, working on the orchard, planting seedlings, the process of grafting (without saying “grafting”), helpful and not-so-helpful bugs, bees, blossoms, pollination, picking apples, grading apples, storing apples, and fun facts about apples.

Out and About at the Apple Orchard by Diane Mayr

This book is about a group of kids going on a field trip to an apple orchard. Before going, they put together a list of questions they would like to answer. While on the field trip, they learn when apples ripen, why there is so much space in between the apple trees, honeybees, what trees need to grow, what compost is, how to prevent pests and what pests are, how apples are picked, packed, and stored, the differences between apple cider and apple juice, products apples can be made into, and fun facts about apples. There is also a floating fruit experiment at the end of the book.

See it Grow: Apple by Dawn Bluemel Oldfield

This book has simple text that shows the parts of an apple tree as it grows starting from a seed, how the apples change as they ripen, the parts of an apple, and some apple facts.

The Life and Times of the Apple by Charles, Micucci

This book is very detailed. It talks about the life of an apple, the parts of an apple, how apple trees are planted, cross-fertilization, grafting, apple blossoms, parts of the blossom, honeybees, how honeybees pollinate apple flowers, how apples grow, how and when apples are harvested, types of apple trees, uses of apples, the amount of apples grown each year, some of the apple varieties, history of apples, Johnny Appleseed, and more apple facts.

Additional note to parents: This book states “apples have been growing on earth for over two and a half million years” and shows a time line depicting millions of years.

The Zieglers and Their Apple Orchard by Alice K. Flanagan

This book talks about the jobs a couple has on their apple orchard, the stages the apple trees go through, honeybees, spraying with chemicals, mowing the grass, checking the trees and apples, having guests visit the orchard, and selling apple items. Some of the pages are a little hard to read due to the color of the text on the pictures.


Who Was Johnny Appleseed? By Joan Holub

This book is part of the Who Was series and tells the true story of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed.

Fiction Books About Apples

These are the books about apples I found in the fiction section of my library.

Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter

A Daddy decides to move from Iowa to Oregon with his large family, so he loads a large box filled with dirt, little plants, and trees on to the back of a wagon. Along the way, there are many challenges (such as a river, bad weather, and a hot desert). Other people think the plants will never make it across the long journey, but Daddy is determined (and maybe a little obsessed) to make it. With the help of the entire family, the plants safely arrive in Oregon and are planted. There is a map at the beginning of the book that shows the progress from Salem, Iowa to Milwaukee, Oregon. The Author’s Note includes information about a real pioneer who travelled a great distance with hundreds of plants and young fruit trees.

Apple Picking Day! by Candice Ransom

This is a Step 1 Step Into Reading book that shows a family traveling to an apple orchard, taking a tractor ride, picking apples, sorting apples by color, and seeing some items made from apples.

Fancy Nancy Apples Galore by Jane O’Connor

This is a Level 1 I Can Read book about Fancy Nancy taking a field trip to an apple orchard with her class. Her friend, Lionel, continuously pretends that something is wrong forcing Ms. Glass, the teacher, to come to his aid and “reprimand” him. When Lionel gets stuck in a tree, other kids think it is another one of Lionel’s jokes, so Nancy finds a ladder to help Lionel. Ms. Glass comes to help Nancy get Lionel out of the tree when she sees what is happening, and Lionel is disciplined for not listening.

Will you read any books about apples today?

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Ramblings · Writing Appearances

Breadmaking and a Balloon Experiment at Home

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My daughters and I recently completed the Breadmaking Devotional on Schoolhouse Teachers, which we enjoyed. We didn’t make all of the recipes included within the course, but we did watch the videos, read the lessons and Bible verses, conducted the experiments, and baked a lot of different recipes.

Schoolhouse Teachers Breadmaking Devotional

Find more information about Schoolhouse Teachers here.

One of the experiments included in the Breadmaking Devotional involved putting a packet of yeast and 1 cup of warm water into three separate empty water bottles. Then, we added 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in the first bottle, 2 teaspoons of honey in the second bottle, and 2 teaspoons of white sugar in the third bottle.

Once the bottles had all of the required ingredients, we secured a balloon over each of the openings and waited. After some time, we were able to see how the ingredients affected the growth of the yeast by how inflated the balloons were.

Bread Making Devotional Balloon Experiment

Check out this Crazy Fun Balloon Activity Race Kids Love for more fun with balloons.

Speaking of experiments, my family tried another grand pumpkin experiment this year and attempted to grow pie pumpkins in the bucket part of a wagon similar to this one under our deck. The wagon had been dismantled, so we saved the top part as a large pot.

We successfully grew two pumpkins!

pie pumpkins on deck

Last year (when we did our grand pumpkin experiment) we made our own pumpkin puree using pie pumpkins my grandma had given to us, so we were really excited about the idea of making some fresh pumpkin puree using our own grown pie pumpkins.

Unfortunately, one of the pumpkins had grubs in it, so we ended up composting that one. I didn’t know if it would even be possible for us to successfully grow any pumpkins in a pot, so I was still happy we were able to get three cups of pumpkin puree from the remaining pumpkin.

Since we had recently been given a pumpkin bread recipe and completed the Breadmaking Devotional course, my one daughter was really eager to make some homemade pumpkin bread. It tasted pretty good, although it probably could have stayed in the oven a little longer.

pumpkin bread

And we still have two cups of pumpkin puree to make a homemade pumpkin pie with. Yum!

Will you be baking any bread soon?

 

For more posts about baking and cooking, check out:

Pickle Making During National Pickle Month

Quick Fresh Salsa

Our Grand Pumpkin Experiment

10 Cookbooks for Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramblings · Writing Appearances

How to Make Math Memorization Fun

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One of my writings entitled Math Memorization Fun was published in this supplement. This particular article discusses 14 different “math-tastic” activities to make memorizing math facts fun using supplies you probably already have at home.

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Click here for tips on how to make math worksheets fun.

You may recognize the racing cars tip from a post I had published on Hands On As We Grow entitled Simple Number Line Car Race to Teach Math.

Race Car Math

A separate section in the article includes a couple of ways to use cards to teach simple math skills. Recently, I was visiting family and learned a math card game called 99 (from an 8 year old), which wasn’t included within this article.

To play the game, each player is dealt seven cards (which he or she can look at but not show others). The remaining cards are placed in a stack face down in the middle of the players.

The whole point of the game is to add (and subtract) the numbers on the cards from each player’s hand as they are laid face up in the middle. Whichever player lays the card to get exactly 99 wins the game. Each of the numbered cards are worth the number they have on them, the Aces are each worth 1, and the Jacks, Queens, and Kings are each worth 10.

The player to the left of the dealer lays one of their cards face up next to the stack of cards in the middle. As players lay the cards, they add the points together. For example, if player one lays a 6, the total is 6. Then player two lays a Queen, the total is now 16 (6 +10). Player three lays a King, the total is now 26 (16 + 10). The only time the numbers are not added is when a 10 is laid. If a 10 is laid, then players must subtract 10 points from the total score.

Each time a player lays a card, they must draw a new card so they always have 7 cards in their hand. Play continues until one player reaches exactly 99 with a card he or she lays.

I think the kids have so much fun playing it that they don’t even realize they are practicing adding and subtracting!

Do you have any fun tips on how to practice math?