Thankful for good books

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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What are you thankful for? Share these books with your children (or grandchildren, or any young ones in your life!) this Thanksgiving holiday. 


If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving by Chris Newell

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Scholastic’s “If You Lived…” series answers all of kids’ most important questions about events in American history with a question-and-answer format, kid-friendly artwork, and engaging information. What if you lived when the English colonists and the Wampanoag people shared a feast at Plimoth? What would you have worn? What would you have eaten? Chris Newell answers all these questions and more in this comprehensive dive into the feast at Plimoth and the history leading up to it. 


Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

This picture book presents a tribute to the creator of the giant balloons that fill the sky during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing the work of artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative “upside-down puppet” creations have become the parade’s trademark.


Fangsgiving by Ethan Long

Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long turns his attention to the day of thanks with a story that’s to die for. It’s the fourth Thursday of November, and the members of Fright Club are cooking up something spooky… A Thanksgiving feast! But when Vlad’s family arrives unexpectedly, they put their own spin on each of the dishes. Now, the rolls are as hard as headstones and the turkey has been cooked to death. Vlad loves his family, but they’ve made a mess of their meal! Can this monster-filled family come together to save their feast and celebrate what the holiday is truly about?


Dino-Thanksgiving by Lisa Wheeler

The dinosaurs enjoy a variety of Thanksgiving Day activities, including preparing favorite recipes, playing touch football, telling stories, and eating together.


Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller

Celebrate food and family with this heartwarming Thanksgiving picture book. In this spirited ode to the holiday, set at the turn of the twentieth century, a large family works together to make their special meal. Mama prepares the turkey, Daddy tends the fire, Sister kneads, and Brother bastes. Everyone from Grandma and Grandpa to the littlest baby has a special job to do. Told in spare, rhythmic verse and lively illustrations, Sharing the Bread is a perfect read-aloud to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition.


Over the River and Through the Wood by Emma Randall

In this picture book, a blustering wind stings the toes and bites the nose, but hearts are warm and there’s lots to eat–for ’tis Thanksgiving Day! Bundle up as you navigate a winter wonderland of sparkling snow-covered trees and adorable woodland creatures in this cherished holiday tale. Coupled with delightful illustrations, the familiar poem-turned-song is the perfect way to celebrate the season. 


Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit or call (828) 894-8721.