The only thing I’ve ever stolen is a pumpkin. It was many years ago, and I still feel badly about it. But it was really cute and had rolled away from its home (the garden center) and right onto the sidewalk where I was walking home. It was night. The garden center was closed. I couldn’t pay for it, but I did provide a warm and loving home until it got kind of smelly. Since then, I’ve paid for many pumpkins and loved them all. Oddly shaped ones. Pumpkins that aren’t sure what color they want to be. Teeny tiny pumpkins. And a few really big ones that had to be pushed in a wagon like round orange babies. So – although I’m not a fan of dressing up for Halloween – I do love the bright colors and beautiful shapes of a pumpkin patch.
The Inly Library, as you might expect, is full of pumpkins and books about pumpkins. Before you go off to choose your pumpkin or eat a piece of pumpkin pie, here are ten picture books that will make the experience even sweeter:
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
Ready for Pumpkins by Kate Duke
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson
Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Nursery Crimes by Arthur Geisert
Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Happy Pumpkin Patching!