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Read Right Now! Thanksgiving

11/20/2020 | Online Storytime, Holidays & Seasons


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, read by Marc Maron. 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!

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

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Give Thanks TracerP is for Pilgrim HatPumpkin Pie AdditionScarecrow Connect the Dots


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Favorites Recommended by IndyPL Librarians:

  • Read the Big Parade - As a kid, the big Thanksgiving Day parade in New York on television was the most exciting part of the Thanksgiving holiday for me. It's all about those gigantic balloons! This list features some of the character balloons from the parade. IndyPL_ChaseM
  • Picture Books by Native Authors - Consider supplementing your Thanksgiving reading with these great books recommended by AICL (American Indians in Children's Literature) IndyPL_KristiO
  • Prayer Books for Kids - The Many Ways People Say "Thank You" - A selection of books for you and your child to explore the prayer traditions in your family or those of your friends and neighbors. Some of the books collect prayers from several different religions so that you can learn about several at one time. Other books tell the story of a single person or family and what it means to them to pray. After sharing one, talk about the ways the characters in the story prayed, or talked about the things they felt thankful for. How was it the same as how you talk about gratitude in your home? How was it different? IndyPL_CarrieW
  • Pie! Picture books all about pie, plus a few recipes, just in time for a family feast! IndyPL_KathleenL

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.

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Thanksgiving

Bruel, Nick

Kitty does not like Thanksgiving. Kitty LOVES Thanksgiving. Specifically, Kitty loves turkey . . . and will do anything to get her paws on it. SO, Kitty comes up with a plan but in perfect cantankerous cat fashion, can't quite pull it off and ends up with the turkey (and all the fixins') on her head.