Thanksgiving Picture Books

Thanksgiving is near. The trees have donned their brilliant fall colors. In the next few days, like my kids, they will undress and leave their beautiful mess all over the place.

It’s also crockpot weather and I love it. Chilly. Gusty. Damp. Time for soups and stews and chilis that simmer all day. It’s weather that also makes me hungry for turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. A few of the reasons that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.

Here’s a little Thanksgiving gift for you—a list of picture books that remind me of Thanksgiving. Some are available at your local public library, some at, some at local bookstores or their online divisions. Please jump right in and enjoy the stories with your kids or grandkids. And if you don’t have any kids of your own borrow a few kids from your neighbors, or volunteer to read at your local library or school. These books are sure to put you in the Thanksgiving mood.

What is YOUR favorite Thanksgiving book? Please share the title and a bit about it in the comments here or on my FaceBook page. Remeber what your kindergarten teacher said. “It’s always nice to share.”


Crow Call by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Scholastic)

Fall Is Here! I Love It! by Elaine W. Good, illustrated by Susie Shenk Wenger (Good Books)

Fat Chance Thanksgiving by Patricia Lakin (Albert Whitman)

Mystery Vine: a Pumpkin Surprise by Cathryn Falwell, illustrated by Samantha Bell (Greenwillow)

Thanksgiving Day at Our House: Thanksgiving Poems for the Very Young by Nancy White Carlstrom, illustrated by R. W. Alley (Simon and Schuster)

Thanksgiving: A Harvest Celebration by Julie Stiegemeyer, illustrated by Renné Benoit (Concordia)

That’s When I’m Happy by Beth Shoshan, illustrated by Jaqueline East (Sandy Creek)

The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z by Laura Crawford, illustrated by Judith Hierstein (Pelican)

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis, illustrated by S. D. Schindler (Scholastic)

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene, paintings by Susan Gaber (Scholastic)

This Is the Feast by Diane Z. Shore, illustrated by Megan Lloyd (Scholastic)

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)

2 Comments on “Thanksgiving Picture Books

  1. What a great list of books! I love the energy of your blog, Jean. Thanks for brightening my day

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