For Parents

Read Right Now! Thanksgiving


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, 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 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 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 TroubleMy FamilyStir, Sift, Slice

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Read the Big Parade

These books share the holiday of Thanksgiving from the story of hardships to the gratitude of what it is to celebrate "plenty" - whether it is food or time with family. Learn about the history and traditions of Thanksgiving including the prayers and songs people the world over share to celebrate harvest. Laugh out loud at some silly stories starring picture book favorites like Arthur, Amelia Bedelia, Pete the Cat, and more - even vampires celebrate Fangsgiving! #indyplkids IndyPL_CarrieW

The Mayflower

Greenwood, Mark

A three-thousand-mile trip on a crowded boat and a freezing New England winter - the story of how the Pilgrims survived and thrived with help from local Native Americans.

Squanto and the First Thanksgiving

Metaxas, Eric

A simple biography for kids about Squanto, the Wampanoag man who helped the Pilgrims survive the first winter after arriving in the Plymouth colony.

Pete the Cat

The First Thanksgiving

Dean, Kim

While in the school play about the first Thanksgiving, Pete the Cat learns about what it was like to be a Pilgrim.