Book character pumpkin contests is an annual fall event for many schools. Students are given some basic guidelines and suggestions for book characters, and the activity is designed to promote an awareness of literature and provides an opportunity for children to reflect on the traits of a character. It works well because it's fun, inexpensive, simple, and permits such room for creativity. As other students come in to view and vote on their favorite pumpkins, they discuss the book characters with one another and have informal yet in-depth talks about why they like each character. That's good stuff!
Here are a few pictures of this year's book pumpkins from my students at North Highland Elementary:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Rainbow Fish
Wizard of Oz-Scarecrow
Wizard of Oz-Wicked Witch of the West
Wizard of Oz-Tin Man
These are a few of the pumpkins from West Jefferson Elementary's contest. Jennifer Anders is the school librarian there.
Kermit the Frog
Wicked Witch (Wizard of Oz)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar