ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Pumpkin & Halloween Themed Books

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkin & Halloween Themed Books

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Great children's literature is such a great starting point for many lessons, we were so excited to see all the things you've done that are inspired by fall and Halloween books!
Halloween Hats by Elizabeth Winthrop and Sue Truesdell is a big hit with Susana household. Her son has her read it over and over. Her daughter made the witch's hat out of salt dough, shown above. It goes along with this book perfectly!

Susana at My Family, My Forever also did several fall and Halloween book inspired activities. The read It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall, Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell and The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown. Then they made a paper plate jack o' lantern and carved their own Pumpkin Jack.

Their fall rake and leaves activity is in the same post too! Susana also suggests these fall themed books: A Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell Depalma and Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall. Be sure you check out the homemade geoboard also in that post, it's a great learning tool.

We really like this different take on a using real leafs in a book related art project. Based on Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert that Susana did.

Diana at Arts and Crofts shares several of their favorite Halloween picture books AND how to make a really great Math Halloween House book! She writes, "This was a fun little art project, as well as a way to practice several math concepts. The added bonus: Everything fits neatly into a brown bag book." Each paper bag "house" contains an activity that focuses on the concepts of shapes, size sequencing, matching, counting, patterning, and putting together a puzzle.

Thanks to Silly Eagle Books for sharing a list of their favorite fall reading. The list includes poetry selections and books about the color orange.

After reading Autumnblings you will want to try Vanessa's follow up poetry activity.

Melissa from Imagination Soup has submitted a lengthy list of favorite book character costumes. If you're still looking for a last minute costume idea this is the place to go. Or, perhaps, you're ready to start planning ahead for next year's outfit!

Melissa also compiled a helpful list of best Halloween books for kids. She included our family favorite, Where is Babies Pumpkin by Karen Katz.

Starr wrote an article explaining how to create story book characters out of acorns and gourds. What a fun fall activity for encouraging literacy.

Halloween Books, Rhyme, Games, and More! Pre-Kinders is a fantastic holiday resource.


  1. Thank you for including me in your list! Great ideas--I found a lot of good ideas!

  2. wonderful ideas! love the rake pic with the leaves!! a great idea for scrapbooking too: thx!!