If you are looking to write a book in a non-crowded market, might I suggest Thanksgiving picture books? Because, whew, there are not a lot of impressive ones out there (or at least not a lot that impressed me).
Happily, there are some really wonderful Thanksgiving books out there that do a great job bringing meaning and excitement to Thanksgiving and we’ve read them over and over together for the past few years.
My favorite Thanksgiving books
- This book is perfect for introducing early American history and giving some background to young children about why we actually celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a great little peek into the life of
- 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.
- 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).
- Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet. This is, hands down, my favorite Thanksgiving picture book (so much so that I wrote an entire post about it, which I rarely do about picture books). Melissa Sweet’s illustrations always blow me away, plus in this book, you get to see her amazing research and writing chops too. The Macy’s Parade is a Thanksgiving staple, but I had no idea how it got started, and this book made watching it even more fun
- Thank You Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson and Matt Faulkner. Sarah Hale worried that Thanksgiving Day was dying out and she made it her personal mission to make it a national holiday. She spent 38 years writing letters to five U.S. presidents in a row, attempting to convince them, but she didn’t succeed until Abraham Lincoln finally responded to her letters during the Civil War. This book is one of those magical biographies that is well-written, interesting, and even funny. (Sarah Gives Thanks is another excellent biography about Sarah Hale).
- 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.
- You are My Little Pumpkin Pie by Amy E. Sklansky and Talitha Shipman. This little board book has been a favorite Thanksgiving book at our house for the past few years – we actually own two copies! It’s just a sweet little love note to babies that smell like cinnamon and spice and are just as delicious as a good slice of pumpkin pie.
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