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Schools around Provo City School District are combining their love of reading with pumpkin decorating.

On display in many school libraries around the district are decorated pumpkins that resemble characters from popular children’s literature. Many schools are calling this their “Storybook Pumpkin Patch”. Students who wanted to participate were instructed to select a character from a favorite book. Next, they had to write a description of that character and select a title to be displayed alongside their pumpkin.

This year’s pumpkins include those such as Junie B. Jones, Pete the Cat, the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, the Lorax, and many more. Some students worked individually, while others worked in groups to create these inventive pumpkins.

Through participating in this fall literacy activity, students are able to demonstrate their reading comprehension through selecting a character and sharing vital facts about that character in writing. Not only this, but these colorful projects help instill a lifelong love of reading in the students who created the pumpkins and can spark further interest in reading in those who are observing the displayed pumpkins.

To vote for your favorite pumpkin, go to our District Facebook page to put a “like” on your favorite pumpkin’s photo.

Shauna Sprunger
  • Coordinator of Communications
  • Shauna Sprunger