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Here are some of our favorite books to share with kids in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. You and your child can learn about the history of Thanksgiving, learn about Thanksgiving from an American Indian perspective, read prayers and songs of gratitude from different religious and cultural traditions, learn to draw iconic Thanksgiving symbols, or laugh out loud at what Thanksgiving dinner might be like for monsters. Garlic is OK for a recipe ingredient, but not eyeballs! Laugh again when you find out what happens when someone (everyone!) forgets to bring their dish to Thanksgiving dinner!

Watch the video read aloud below, Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano. Turkey is in trouble! It’s almost Thanksgiving... and he's the main course! But Turkey has an idea--what if he doesn’t LOOK like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead? After many funny attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

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After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • Why is this book called "Turkey Trouble"?
  • What do you think it would be like to be a turkey before Thanksgiving?
  • Why did Turkey keep changing his disguises?
  • Did Turkey stay out of trouble?
  • Keep your eyes peeled during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to see if you can spot a favorite book character! Some character balloons we have seen in the past are Curious George, Snoopy, Paddington Bear & Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Click on one of the book covers below and listen to more Thanksgiving stories read aloud.

Turkey TroubleBalloons Over BroadwayDon't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the TableMy FamilyStir, Sift, Slice

Find more FREE online reading at 100+ Free Video Read Alouds or try storytime at home!

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books about Thanksgiving at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. If you have never used Axis 360 or OverDrive before, you can learn how to use them for both e-books and audiobooks.

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

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Enjoy this song together about being thankful from Raffi. Thanks for the sun in the sky...thanks for the clouds so high!

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Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.

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Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Or Skip. Or gallop!

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Even Vampires Celebrate Fangsgiving!

Favorite picture books Thanksgiving celebrations from turkey dinner to the gratitude of what it is to celebrate "plenty" - whether it is food or time with family. Laugh outloud at some silly stories starring picture book favorites like Arthur, Bad Kitty, Amelia Bedelia, Pete the Cat, and more - even vampires celebrate Fangsgiving!

Grandma's Tiny House

A Counting Story!

Brown-Wood, JaNay

Everyone shows up for dinner at Grandma's house and they all show up with food! There are so many people the house is too small to hold them all! "There is no space! How will we all eat in this too-tiny place?" A clever solution proves that at Grandma's house, there is always room for one more!

Around the Table That Grandad Built

Hill, Melanie Heuiser

A lovely, rhyming homage to the heirlooms and traditions of a family table: napkins sewn by Mom, glasses from Mom and Dad's wedding, silverware that belonged to grandma and all the hands that grew and made the food.


Weeãachumun's Thanksgiving Story

Greendeer, Danielle

Follow along as Wampanoag children listen to their Grandma tell the story about how Weeâchumun (the wise Corn) asked local Native Americans to show the newcomers how to grow food to yield a good harvest. This book is written by Danielle Greendeer (Mashpee Wampanoag), Tony Perry (Chickasaw), and Alexis Bunten (Yu'pik and Unangan).