With pumpkin picking parties and costumes to create, believe me, I know it’s hard to find time to read anything more than the nutritional info on that bag of Halloween candy you’re eating (which, I really don’t recommend doing). But, all of the fun of fall can’t stop us from carving out some time for Toddler Book Club this month, especially because we’re incorporating all of that holiday fun into our October read. Grab another handful of candy corn and a mug of hot cider and get ready for (BOO)k club.
It was really hard to choose this month’s book, because there are so many fun holiday book options, but my toddler friends got together and collectively picked “It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff.
This cute board book features “Mouse” from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” who gives himself the task of decorating seven different pumpkins. I was excited to see this character from one of my favorite children’s book reappear in a story I could share with my son. Apparently he’s been doing this for a few decades, which is about the same amount of time I’ve been out of the children’s book scene, but let’s get back to the book itself.
“It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!” is a quick read with colorful illustrations that help make the story come to life and prompt interaction throughout story time. Mouse paints different types of faces (sad, happy, silly) on his pumpkins, which gives the reader an opportunity to teach emotions and facial expressions. And, without giving away the ending, there is a plot twist!
Things we liked about it:
- The book is about pumpkins, not Halloween, which is great for families who may not partake and also makes the book more relevant year-round
- The book isn’t scary, where a lot of Halloween books discuss monsters, ghosts and other things you may not be ready to start checking for under the crib
- Illustrations of pumpkins, paints (for teaching colors) and faces
- Board book, perfect for little hands
- Just a few words on each page
- There are several other “Mouse” books, if you’re up for reading a series
- Where is the pumpkin?
- What color is the paint?
- Can you make a happy face?
- Can you say mouse?
Recommendations for Book Club goblins:
- Pumpkin Poptarts. I recently made this recipe and it was super easy!
- Pumpkin fruit cups (carve an orange and stuff with fruit)
- Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin french toast, pumpkin bars, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pizza….’tis the season for all things pumpkin, so get to Pinterest
Tricks and Treats:
- Decorate pumpkins!
- Decorate pumpkin cookies with different faces
- Visit a pumpkin patch (see our TNM list of favorites here and read about Hilarie’s trip to Lucky Ladd here)
- Try one of Deidra’s favorite fall crafts and look for more on the blog this month!
There are some spooktacular ways to celebrate fall! Here’s to a story time with lots of fun follow up activities to experience (and eat) throughout the month of October.
Moms, I need your help choosing our November read. Turkeys, gratitude, Thanksgiving? Let me know what we should read by leaving a comment.