Flashback Friday: Runaway Pumpkins

We’re back! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus while my family moved cross country to our new home in St Louis. I thought I would be up and running with content last week, but I’ve learned that moving with a toddler is chaos. So here we are, back in business, and better late than never!

My favorite thing about our new city has to be the weather so far. It’s officially fall and there is a wonderful crisp in the air. So to celebrate my favorite season, I wanted to share an adorable picture book for Flashback Friday. Runaway Pumpkins by Teresa Bateman and Stephanie Fizer Coleman is a delightful rhyming picture book that celebrates resilience, community, and — of course — all things fall.

Title: Runaway Pumpkins
Author: Teresa Bateman
Illustrator: Stephanie Fizer Coleman
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Published: August 4, 2020
Format: Picture Book

Originally Published in August of 2020, Runaway Pumpkins tells the story of a class field trip to the pumpkin patch that takes an unexpected turn. We follow along as the class visits the pumpkin patch and picks their favorite pumpkins, but they unfortunately lose all but one pumpkin on the way back to the school. Luckily, their neighbors who find pumpkins strewn about their lawns come up with a creative way to bring the pumpkins back to the class.

The illustrations by Stephanie Fizer Coleman are so whimsical and warm, perfectly capturing an autumn afternoon. Complete with a recipe for caramel frosted pumpkin cookies in the back matter, Runaway Pumpkins is a great pick to celebrate fall with young readers.

You can pick up a copy of Runaway Pumpkins wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

About the Author:

Teresa Bateman has written many popular books for children, including Fiona’s Luck and Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea. She works as a children’s librarian and based Runaway Pumpkins on an actual pumpkin disaster at her school.

About The Illustrator:

Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator and designer of whimsical art and stationery. She has illustrated several adult coloring books as well as the picture book Five Flying Penguins. She lives in West Virginia.

You can find Stephanie online at stephaniefizercoleman.com, on Twitter @StephanieFizer, and Instagram @stephfizercoleman.

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