Three Loveable Thanksgiving Picture Books
There's approximately a million Christmas picture books and thousands of Halloween picture books, but Thanksgiving Picture Books seem a little hard to come by. Maybe that's why it was my least favorite holiday as a kid? Or maybe it had more to do with the fact that I don't really like turkey or pumpkin pie...
Regardless of the fact that I tried unsuccessfully to get my husband to agree to steak this year instead of turkey (who's with me?), I've come to really love Thanksgiving. I'm going to chalk it up to the fact that I'm definitely more mature and grateful 😉. Really I'm sure it's just that sitting at at a table with people I love, talking, and eating for hours has become more fun as I've grown older and more gluttonous. That's the sign of maturity, right? Seriously though, I'd really love my kids to feel the spirit of gratitude behind Thanksgiving. Gratitude bring contentment, and contentment is such.a treasure.
So. In the spirit of being grateful and having grateful kids, here are three Thanksgiving picture books you (probably) haven't heard of. I've personally read each of these many times and liked them so much I wanted to tell you about them.
This is my favorite book of the three. It's great because it focuses on being grateful and making the best of any situation and isn't so much about the Thanksgiving food. Also I have boys, so anything with a ball is an instant hit with them. My family has really never watched or played football on Thanksgiving, although I know it's huge for lots of people. I'd definitely be down with initiating a family turkey bowl identical to the one in the book. Also, the illustrations are so great. They really make me feel like I'm one of those kids out there on the field.
I really love children's books about Abraham Lincoln because, well I really love him and find him fascinating. Also one of our boys is sorta kinda slightly named after him so it's nice to teach him about his part-way namesake. And, I learned tons in this book. I've watched the movie Lincoln so I knew he had sons, but this book just brought his son Tad to life for me. I totally sympathize with Tad and his views on eating turkey. Right there with ya, Taddy. #teamsteak
Another book where people make the best of a Thanksgiving that goes awry. All the mishaps in this book made me laugh. Although they only serve four dishes at their Thanksgiving dinner, and I gotta admit, that seems a little stingy..
And two I haven't read (yet) but am planning on very soon.
Thankful by Eileen Spinelli (you'll notice she also wrote Thanksgiving at the Tappleton's. Two Thanksgiving Picture books? My kinda lady). My son has also just gotten into audio books so I'm going to download Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne for him on audio.
Happy reading and happppppy eating!
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