What makes pumpkins grow healthy and large? Plenty of water, the right amount of sunlight, or fertile soil? Fall is my favorite time of the year, and it is always a joy to visit a pumpkin patch to admire the bountiful harvest, take a hayride, and pick “the perfect pumpkin.”
This year, the world’s largest pumpkin  weighs 2,032 pounds. The gigantic pumpkin belongs to a couple from California, the Mathinson’s. The couple reported that it took 105 days for their pumpkin to grow into its fullest size. It weighs 23 pounds more than the winner of previous year.
I found four great books about pumpkins to share. Let’s gather all the kids around and read together.
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night  by Anne Rockwell
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night tells a gentle story of a little boy who recognizes the change of season through observing nature around him. He and his mother visit the farmer’s market and see a variety of pumpkins with different shapes, colors, and sizes. The boy finally finds his “perfect” pumpkin under a big pile. At home, they spend fun time carving out a jack-o’-lantern together.
With beautiful illustrations of a farm and a country home, this small book has a familiar story that will resonate with children and parents. It is a classic tale to be read and reread during the holiday.
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin  by Mary Serfozo
Peter is a happy-go-lucky tiger who is looking for a perfect pumpkin. He is pretty meticulous about how the perfect pumpkin should be. After searching and eliminating the ones that are too “lumpy” and “bumpy,” Peter finds the perfect pumpkin that he is eager to take home with. But what is he going to do with a nice-looking pumpkin? Will he make a pumpkin pie or pumpkin stew with his perfect pumpkin? Find out the answer in this upbeat rhyming picture book. Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin is guaranteed to keep young listeners engaged until the end.
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?  Written and illustrated by Wendell Minor
Award-winning author Wendell Minor  has traveled throughout the United States to study beautiful landscapes and translate them into stories and paintings for his children’s books. How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? encourages kids to use their imagination as they read along and see many parts of the country. What can they do with giant pumpkins and where else can they see them? What’s so fun about this book is to see a huge pumpkin popping up everywhere, even in the most unusual place! Children will enjoy discovering new words synonymous with “big.”
Fall Pumpkins: Orange and Plump  by Martha E. H. Rustad
This beautifully-illustrated book explains a process of planting a pumpkin patch—from putting down the seeds, to digging moats, taking care of seedlings, and watering young plants. I enjoyed reading fun facts about pumpkins and learning many uses of this versatile plant. It is a good book to read with kids before the start of autumn or after a visit to a pumpkin farm.
About the Author
Sukalaya Kenworthy is a youth associate at the Central Library. During the fall season, Sukalaya likes to drink pumpkin spice latte and enjoy the "perfect" pumpkin pie.