Just like pretty much every holiday in our home, the celebrations aren’t complete without some holiday books to read every night leading up to the big day. (And by every night, I mean almost every single night! Which is why I get a bit picky with holiday books.) There is something special about pulling them out to visit for a brief time before putting them away again for next year. It makes them feel like good friends that are back for awhile. Below you will find an ongoing list of our favorite Thanksgiving books. Check back each year as I plan to add to it each holiday.
“Thanksgiving in the Woods” by Phyllis Alsdurf and Jenny Lovlie- This story is based on true events of families that had a tradition of meeting together in a large group to celebrate Thanksgiving in the woods of upstate New York. The illustrations are absolutely charming and have me wishing we could celebrate thanksgiving in a forest this year!
“The Very Stuffed Turkey” by Katharine Kenah and Binny Talib- Turkey has definitely been stuffed this year- with five Thanksgiving dinners hosted by his friends! Children will delight in the story of how he visits his barnyard friends and all the interesting food that is on the menu. Such a darling book.
“Thanksgiving for Emily Ann” by Teresa Johnston and Vanessa Brantley-Newton- Emily Ann is not feeling very thankful at the start of Thanksgiving. With company over she has to sleep on the floor, everyone seems to busy for fun, and other such troubles bother her. However, things take a turn for the better and in the end Emily Ann is reminded about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
“Thankful” by Eileen Spinelli and Archie Preston- This is a sweet book with the sweet message that we have so much to be thankful for. The list of blessings in this book is illustrated with light and airy pictures that are sentimental and wonderful.
“Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks” by Margaret Sutherland and Sonja Lamut- This book starts with a list of a lot of the things we look forward to at Thanksgiving-such as great food, parades and even football. However, it ends with the gentle reminder that the true purpose of Thanksgiving is even more, it is a time to show gratitude.
“Turkey Trouble” by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper- This book is hilarious! It is about a turkey who is determined to stay off the Thanksgiving day menu by dressing up as other farm animals. However, no costume he makes seems to make the cut. No fear, in the end he comes up with a truly winning idea.
“Arthur’s Thanksgiving” by Marc Brown- Poor Arthur is tasked with being the director for the school’s Thanksgiving play and he cannot find anyone to play the turkey. The costume is just, well, too turkey-like. In the end he makes an ultimate sacrifice only to find himself backed-up by all his friends. A cute story of friendship and a tiny bit of the history of Thanksgiving.
“Don’t Let Aunt Mabel Bless the Table” by Vanessa Brantley Newton- This is another book that I just can’t help but giggle during. It is about a family gathered together for Sunday dinner and dear, sweet Aunt Mabel who prays over the food for an incredibly long time. My oldest especially thinks this is funny with its playful story and illustrations. It isn’t exactly a “Thanksgiving” book, but it fits along perfectly.
“Llama Llama Gives Thanks” by Anna Dewdney- We are big fans of this little Llama so this book is a “no brainer” for us. Simple and sweet it tells of Llama and all the things he is thankful for in a way that is relatable for small kids.
“This Little Turkey” by Aly Fronis and Migy Blanco- This adorably illustrated book is done to the pattern of “This Little Piggie” and is such a joy to read. Each little turkey in the book is doing his part to prepare for Thanksgiving and in the end they have a jolly celebration.
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