A Veritable Feast of Thanksgiving Books

While Thanksgiving is a day usually known for gorging on food, we would like to offer a cornucopia of bountiful books about one of our favorite holidays. It’s a feast for the mind! Forget getting a head start on Black Friday shopping–hurry over to your favorite Branch of the St. Louis Public Library and pick up a few of these must have items of the season:

Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols by Edna Barth; illustrations by Ursula Arndt

Ms. Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with Thanksgiving. The book is full of fascinating historical details and little-known stories.

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

This award-winning picture book tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer whose marionette creations were the inspiration behind the giant helium balloons that have graced the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for more than eighty years.

Thelonius Turkey Lives! (On Felicia Ferguson’s Farm) by Lynne Rowe Reed

Thelonius Turkey is sure he is meant to be the “guest of honor” at this year’s Thanksgiving feast, so with the help of the other farm animals, he sets out with a plan–and the misadventures begin.

Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Marie Child; illustrations by Christopher Manson

This timeless verse is backed by rich wood-cut illustrations and includes sheet music for readers  to sing or play along.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

A great book for Thanksgiving and all year-round. Kids enjoy the colorful illustrations and can easily relate to many of the reasons to be thankful. Mr. Parr’s book is an excellent conversation starter to learn what children are grateful for in their lives.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson; illustrations by Judy Schachner

A Funny parody of the “old lady who swallowed a fly,”  this book has a women who keeps eating and eating her way to a surprise ending.

Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers by Lorna & Lecia  Balain

Mrs. Gumm finds a turkey egg that she hatches and plans to have for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey eats everything in sight, but that’s fine–because it means he’ll be nice and fat for Thanksgiving… right?

I’m a Turkey by Jim Arnosky

This book is written in the first-person perspective of a turkey with a fun, spoken-word rhythm. The rhythm and large, colorful illustrations make it a great read aloud book for toddlers through upper elementary age. The book provides some basic facts about turkeys, and it introduces young audiences to vocabulary while also allowing ample opportunity for audience participation.

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

A very funny picture book about a class of school kids visits a turkey farms just before Thanksgiving. All is well until Farmer Mack Nugget brings out an axe…

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano; illustrations by Lee Harper

Turkey is aware that he is to be the main course at Thanksgiving Dinner. To avoid his fate, he assumes various disguises with less than favorable results. Will he survive the holiday?

Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer; illustrations by Thor Wickstrom

Two Pilgrim brothers go on a search for a turkey to pluck and stuff for Thanksgiving dinner. The younger brother spies a turkey on several occasions bit distracts his brother so it can escape–a great pick for vegetarian families!

One is a Feast for a Mouse: A Thanksgiving Taleby Judy Cox; illustrations by Jeffery Ebbeler

Mouse can’t live without his favorite Thanksgiving foods, but he has a hard time balancing them in one hand while he moves across the dining room table. When the cat comes after him, he drops everything–can he save his feast in time?


Please remember that St. Louis Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd for the holiday. We will re-open on Friday, November 23rd with regular hours. In the meantime, we wish you and yours a very safe & happy Thanksgiving.


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