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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Classroom Resources

Agriculture-Related Books

Crops — Pumpkins

Bauer, Joan
Puffin, 2001
Young Adult
If only Ellie's potentially prize-winning pumpkin would gain 200 more pounds in time for the Rock River Pumpkin Weigh-In, and if only Ellie could lose 20 or so pounds herself, her life might be perfect. Well, at least it would be perfect enough to give her the courage to make friends with Wes - the cute new guy at school. She's well on her way to winning big on all counts when frost and pumpkin thieves begin to attack! The thing is, Ellie has the sass, humor, and smarts to be a winner - whether or not her pumpkin breaks the scales ... if only she would realize it.
Ready for Pumpkins
Duke, Kate
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Grades K-2
Hercules is a first-grade rodent, in a multilayered tale about time, the seasons and the long, impatient wait for a full-grown pumpkin to pick. When the teacher takes Herky to her country home for the summer, he discovers his horticultural side. Especially marvelous is what Herky's accomplishment shows children: animals and plants have lives and life cycles of their own
New York Times review)
Farmer, Jacqueline
Charlesbridge, 2004
Grades PreK-2
Facts, history, legend, and growing tips about one of the favorite fruits of fall. In addition to instructions on pumpkin carving (and safety) and seed toasting, the author includes the word for the berry in other languages, a brief list of pumpkin world records, and recommended readings and Web sites.
The Pumpkin Book
Gibbons, Gail
Live Oak, 2004
Grades PreK-3
Explains that pumpkins belong to the squash family, that there are different varieties, and that each has a different purpose. Provides a nice overview of how pumpkins are grown their history and uses. Also includes a few fun activities.
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
Levenson, George, and Shmuel Thaler
Tricycle, 2002
Grades PreK-1
The development of a pumpkin seed into a plant, pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, and, completing the cycle, back to seed again.
Pumpkin Town! or, Nothing is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins
McKy, Katie, and Pablo Bernasconi
Sandpiper, 2008
Grades PreK-2
After five brothers accidentally spill seeds over a small town, they feel responsible when pumpkins and vines begin to overrun the houses the next year.
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
McNamara, Margaret, and G. Brian Karas
Schwartz and Wade, 2007
Grades PreK-2
The story teaches math and science concepts while modeling kind behavior. The author introduces counting by twos, fives and tens and includes pumpkin facts, e.g., the more lines on the pumpkin, the more seeds it will have.
From Seed to Pumpkin
Pfeffer, Wendy, and James Graham Hale
Collins, 2004
Grades PreK-2
Accurately depicts germination, pumpkins growing and still green, pumpkins changing colors and uses for pumpkins.
Robbins, Ken
Square Fish, 2007
Grades PreK-3
The author documents the life cycle of a pumpkin with close-up, naturalistic photos and clear, simple text. He discusses the wide variety of pumpkin colors and sizes. Basic instructions are included for carving a jack-o-lantern, with adult help suggested. The next year's crop, ensured by the pumpkins and their seeds left to rot in the field, is the focus of the last spread.
I Like Pumpkins
Smath, Jerry
Cartwheel, 2003
Grades PreK-2
Some pumpkins are tall; some pumpkins are squat. Some pumpkins are big; some pumpkins are not. A little girl tells her favorite things about pumpkins, like pumpkin masks, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie.