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October 30, 2017

BOOk Pumpkins 2017

Kate Hart

~ It's that time of year again ~

Pick a pattern and carve your favorite cover into a kidlit jack o'lantern!

Don't see your favorite book? 

Check the index or just browse year by year: 
2011  //  2012  //  2013  //  2014  //  2015  //  2016

If you need further instructions, scroll to the end of this post -- and please tag me with a picture of the finished project. Happy carving!

Creepy Contemporary

All That Was by Karen Rivers; The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn; Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay; The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo 

Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney Stevens; Far From The Tree by Robin Benway

Frightening Fantasy

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore; The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Wild Wild West

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely; All The Wind In The World by Samantha Mabry 

Horrifying Historical
Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Scary Suspense

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda; Murder Trending by Gretchen McNeil

Murderous Middle Grade

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta; Rules For Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt; Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

My family's 2017 pumpkins:
left: The Raven King by Thomas (age 11)
middle: All That Was, Fish In A Tree, and Gunslinger Girl by me
right: Crenshaw by William (age 9)

How to use these patterns: 

1. Click the image to expand, then right click and save to your computer. (You can also download from Google Docs here.)

2. Print at whatever size fits your pumpkin, then pin the pattern to it.

3. Use a toothpick or pushpin to poke holes around the edges of the design (more holes = easier to see the lines).

4. Remove the pattern and rub flour or powder over the holes to make them show up better.

5. Cut out the black sections. Gray sections should be scraped to half-thickness -- don't cut all the way through!

6. Take a picture and tweet it at me or tag me on Instagram!


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