If you are looking to write a book in a non-crowded market, might I suggest a Thanksgiving book? Because, whew, there are not a lot of impressive ones out there (or at least not a lot that impressed me).
I have now read more lousy Thanksgiving books than I would ever wish upon any single soul. Here are five that didn’t make me want to grind my teeth.
1. The First Thanksgiving by Nancy Davis. I am a sucker for a cute board book, especially when there are flaps. The page where it showed the Pilgrims planting and you could open the flaps to see different things growing underground? I was instantly sold.
2. Over the River and Through the Wood by L. Maria Child and Matt Tavares. If you’re looking for a gorgeous picture book, the kind you’ll have as a display all season long, this is the one. Makes me almost want to live somewhere with snow (except, you know, not really).
3. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet. I wrote about this one last year, and it’s continued to garner praises. We read this one about the original beginning of the Macy’s Day parade on a regular basis. The illustrations, especially, are just magnificent.
4. Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra and David Gardner. I love this biography about the woman who convinced Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. She was such an interesting woman and this book really does a great job making the story interesting and relevant.
5. One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox and Jeffrey Ebbeler. I love this cute little story about a mouse who goes to get a single pea from the leftover Thanksgiving feast, but then he starts getting more and more things, leaving him ill-prepared to run when the cat makes an appearance.
Any Thanksgiving titles to recommend? Surely there must be more winners out there!