Thanksgiving Books to Share


Thankful Book

Thanksgiving is a day for family, friends, parades, special recipes, and time spent waiting for the turkey timer to pop.  In addition to counting blessings on this holiday, why not spend time sharing a book that celebrates harvest and home with a special little one?  Here are a few suggestions:

How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton.  Adam Wallace is a children’s writer and cartoonist living in Australia who turns his talents toward Thanksgiving in this title from the New York Times bestselling “How to Catch” series.  For ages 4 – 10 years, this hardcover book was published in 2018 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. ISBN-13: 978-1492664352; ASIN: 1492664359

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared D. Lee.  The old lady is quirky and for Thanksgiving, she’s gotten a turkey.  Funny twist on an old nursery rhyme, this holiday title in paperback from the bestselling ‘There Was an Old Lady’ series will give everyone a laugh on ‘turkey day.’  For ages 4 – 6 years, it was published by Cartwheel Books/Scholastic in 2016. ISBN-10: 0545931908; ISBN-13: 978-0545931908

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Archie Preston. Bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli combines charming rhymes with Preston’s whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Published in 2015 by Zonderkidz, this hardcover title is aimed at ages 4-8 and perfect to read aloud.  ISBN-10: 0310000882; ISBN-13: 978-0310000884

The Autumn Visitors written and illustrated by Karel Hayes. This fourth and final book in Hayes’s acclaimed ‘Visitors’ series, the beloved family of bears gets in another round of adventures as they experience the full enjoyment of a New England autumn, culminating in a big Thanksgiving feast for all the friends of the forest. Published in 2015 by Down East Books, this hardcover is aimed at ages 3 – 8 years.  ISBN-10: 1608934543; ISBN-13: 978-1608934546

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. From the ‘Bear Books’ series comes this Thanksgiving story told with playful text and charming artwork.  Kids ages 3-8 years will love finding out just what special gift Bear has to share

In November Book

 with his friends at Thanksgiving. This hardcover holiday title was published in 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. ISBN-13: 978-1416958567; ASIN: 1416958568

In November by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Jill Kastner. Published in 2000 for readers ages 4 – 7 years, this hardcover classic book is still going strong.  The change of the seasons and thankfulness for family is expressed in timeless beauty by Rylant’s poetic prose and Kastner’s rich artwork. ISBN-13: 978-0152010768; ASIN: 0152010769

Whatever is on the menu, I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with delicious treats and precious memories to savor.  

Happy Reading!


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