Incredible Literary Jack O’Lanterns

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Karina Glaser

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Karina Yan Glaser is a full-time writer and illustrator with a varied career teaching and implementing literacy programs in family homeless shelters and recruiting healthcare professionals to volunteer in under-resourced areas around the world. Karina is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade books, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street and The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden. She lives in Harlem with her husband, two daughters, and an assortment of rescued animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can't go anywhere without a book. Website:; Twitter: @KarinaYanGlaser; Instagram: @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting

In the last two years, I’ve dabbled in making literary jack o’lanterns for our building’s Halloween party. Here are my attempts at The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak:

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What to do next? I went online to get some inspiration for this year’s pumpkin, and after an hour of browsing all I have to say is this: Thanks, Internet, for giving me an inferiority complex about carving pumpkins. Check out these incredible literary jack o’lanterns!

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Curl Up With a Good Book

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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Not a jack o’lantern, I know, but it was too cute not to include)

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien by

For more bookish jack o’lanterns, check out Kelly’s 15 Awesome Bookish Jack O’Lanterns, Wallace’s two part series here and here, and Rita’s guide to book-o-lanterns.

What about you? Are you thinking of carving a literary-themed jack o’lantern this year?