Thanksgiving Books for the Family

There are so many amazing children’s books that explore Thanksgiving. Here, our youth librarians share a few of their favorites! Gail Gibbon’s Thanksgiving Is… is one that provides a great introduction to the holiday. In addition to providing some history of the holiday, it also illustrates some of the modern rituals.

One holiday classic is the poem, Over the River and through the Wood, which was written by Lydia Maria Child. Originally written over 174 years ago, it receives a comical makeover here by David Catrow and will have readers laughing as they look at the silly and ridiculous illustrations throughout the book.

And, as we all know, each Thanksgiving there is one feathered animal that NEVER looks forward to the holiday – the turkey! Three funny favorites that best relay their worries for the dreaded holiday are Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting, Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr, and Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano.

If kids would just like to learn more about our feathered friends, check out Jim Arnosky’s All About Turkeys. With realistic illustrations and simple but factual statements, they will learn all about this famous fowl.

Check out the holiday books section at the Warren-Newport Public Library for these and many more! There is definitely something for everyone in the family.