Storytime: Thanksgiving Roundup

15 Thanksgiving picture books

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston & illustrated by Rich Deas

“Looky!” says a silly turkey swinging from a vine.
Gobble gobble wibble wobble.
Whoops! Now there are nine.”

Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious counting story about ten goofy turkeys roller-skating on a fence, doing a noodle dance, and more! Give thanks!

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano & illustrated by Lee Harper

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano & illustrated by Lee Harper

Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re 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 hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson & illustrated by  Jane Chapman

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?
Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.

Gobble, Gobble, Tucker! by Leslie McGuirk

Gobble, Gobble, Tucker! by Leslie McGuirk

When Tucker smells a familiar scent in the air, he knows his favorite day of the year has come —Thanksgiving! Tucker loves to play with his family, help clean up, and most of all, enjoy a delicious feast. But as the day goes by, Tucker and his doggy cousins haven’t had even a bite. Will they ever get to gobble up any holiday treats?

I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by Alison Jackson & illustrated by Judy Schachner

I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by Alison Jackson & illustrated by Judy Schachner

I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry.

And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Perfect for Thanksgiving, this warm and humorous picture book gently reminds us to give thanks for the little things. The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea. The perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and one roasted turkey, that should make a very fine feast for Mouse. But can he get it all back to his hidey-hole?

A Plump And Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

A Plump And Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr & illustrated by Laura Rader

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr & illustrated by Laura Rader

Thanksgiving is only a day away. Can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer searching for a plump bird for his feast? If the farmer doesn’t fall for his tricks, there’s only one think left to do . . . run, Turkey, run!

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes & illustrated by Doris Barrette

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes & illustrated by Doris Barrette

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family.

Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman & illustrated by Teresa Murfin

Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman & illustrated by Teresa Murfin

Percy Isaac Gifford’s Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From “the early bird gets the turkey” to “life is sweeter when you eat sweets,” his rules will help you eat your way through the big meal. But is there more to Thanksgiving than stuffed turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows? See how Percy discovers the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland & illustrated by Sonja Lamut

Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland & illustrated by Sonja Lamut

Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.

The Firefighters' Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts  & illustrated by Terry Widener

The Firefighters’ Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts  & illustrated by Terry Widener

It’s Thanksgiving Day at Station 1, and Firefighter Lou has planned a fabulous meal for everyone. But each time the alarm sounds, the firefighters run to an emergency, leaving behind half-peeled potatoes, unbaked bread, and melting ice cream. Then, at the biggest fire of the day, one of the firefighters gets hurt. Will they still be able to find a way to celebrate Thanksgiving?

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler  & illustrated by Frank Ansley

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Frank Ansley

Turk’s parents are proud of him, the biggest, strongest, most graceful bird at Wishbone Farm.

“He’s a dancer,” says his mother.

“He’s an athlete,” says his father.

“He’s a goner,” says his little brother, Runt.

But no one ever listens to Runt — even after people with seasonal plans and roasting pans begin showing up at Wishbone Farm, or even after the juiciest turkeys are chosen, one by one.

“Chosen for what?” Turk asks.

No one wants to hear Runt’s answer. But you will laugh at what he has to do to get the family’s attention. They are, after all, turkeys. And rarely has a story about them been told with such warmth and cleverness. Or with such witty pictures.

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

The seasonally askew title is just the first sign that Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving offering is unlike any other. ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving twists Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem into a wacky original tale about eight kids and eight endangered turkeys.

Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano & illustrated by Lee Harper

Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano & illustrated by Lee Harper

Turkey is in trouble. Again. He made it through Thanksgiving without becoming a turkey dinner, but now it’s almost Christmas, and guess what’s on the menu? Turkey decides the only thing to do is to ask Santa for help. He sets off for the North Pole, but getting in to see Santa at Christmastime isn’t as easy as Turkey expected. It’s going to take all his ideas—and his clever disguises—to find a way into Santa’s house. After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise, and Santa has the perfect solution!

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

In time for Thanksgiving, a wacky twist on The Ugly Duckling.

The Ugly Pumpkin has waited all through October for someone to take him home, but no one wants him. He doesn’t look like other pumpkins. So the lonely Ugly Pumpkin leaves the patch in search of a place where he’ll fit in. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, he discovers the truth about who he is – but it’s not what he expected!


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