Thanksgiving Books for Family Fun


Thanksgiving Books for Family Fun


Thanksgiving: a time for giving thanks, celebrating family and friends, and appreciating the antics of smart turkeys. Some books are new to this blog, others are ones I can’t resist posting again.


For last week’s Thanksgiving posts, click here and here.


  Thanksgiving Origami by Ruth Owen

There are 6 things to make: pilgrim, turkey, pumpkin, ear of corn, apple, and autumn leaf. The directions seem do-able. Would make great table decorations.


  Thelonius Turkey Lives! by Lynn Rowe Reed

Thelonius is the only turkey left on Felicia’s farm. He just knows he’s about to become dinner. But Thelonius is a rather clever turkey and has great ideas for distracting Felicia…


  Give Thanks for Each Day by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Robert McPhillips

This is a simple story with a powerful message—there are lots of things to be thankful for. Another book with the same theme:

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland, illustrated by Sonja Lamut


  A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Diane de Groat

Mr. and Mrs. Moose are determined to find a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. So, all their friends set out to find one. When they find Turkey, he’s not too happy to join them. (no animals are harmed in the course of this story…)


  Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Joe Cepeda

When Miguel’s father sends him a live turkey before Thanksgiving, he is delighted. He names his new pet Gracias and takes good care of him. He feeds it and takes it for walks. Of course, Miguel is none too pleased when he learns his family is planning to eat Gracias for Thanksgiving. This is a sweet story about family.


  One is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

It’s Thanksgiving Day and Mouse raids the leftovers. He spots one pea, a perfect feast, but he cannot help adding all of the fixings – until Cat spots him. What an outstanding book! This book BEGS to be read aloud. It reads like the best unrhymed poetry and the pictures are exactly right.


  The Thanksgiving Bowl by Virginia Knoll, illustrated by Philomena O’Neill

I love the idea of a Thanksgiving bowl. In this story, each member of a family writes an anonymous “I’m thankful for” note and places it in the Thanksgiving bowl. After the family guesses who wrote each note, the bowl is accidentally left outside. It rolls off on a year-long series of adventures.


  Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Even though I’ve watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV since I was a little kid, I never thought about who thought up the wonderful balloons. This book tells about how the balloons came to be in the parade. It’s a fun story with great illustrations.


  Thanksgiving Graces by Mark Kimball Moulton, illustrated by David Wenzel

A boy helps his family prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Every few moments, someone new comes to join them. How will they feed all of them? The rhymes and pictures make this a great read-aloud.


Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


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