Picture Book Month: Favorite Thanksgiving Picture Books

We have been celebrating Picture Book Month all month long. This week is extra special because not only is it Picture Book Month – but it’s also Thanksgiving! Libraries and librarians give thanks for picture books and the authors and illustrators who create them. Visit the Picture Book Month website and read a series of articles about why picture books are important. 
To celebrate Thanksgiving and Picture Book Month, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight my two favorite Thanksgiving themed picture books. Both books are humorous and silly rather than serious, and both books are best appreciated when read-aloud.

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey is a play on the classic Christmas story by Clement Moore. This rhyming book follows a bus filled with children as they take a school field trip to a turkey farm on the day before Thanksgiving. The children tour the farm and fall in love with their new feathered friends. When the turkeys’ fate is revealed, the children create a heartwarming plan to save the turkeys. The book ends with a Happy Thanksgiving for all. This book is funny, witty and surprisingly sentimental. The bright and festive pictures ensure this delightful picture book will be enjoyed by both younger and older children, and even adults!

I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson chronicles the antics of one very hungry Thanksgiving guest as she eats the ultimate Thanksgiving feast. This amusing story will make you laugh and giggle. Children devour this book and can’t wait to turn the page to see what the very hungry house guest will eat next. Page after page, the feast continues! Judith Schachner illustrated the book, and her drawings are the perfect complement to this story. Older and younger children will be thankful for this Thanksgiving tale.

Both of these picture books are fun to look at and fun to read. These are two of my favorites, but take the opportunity to seek out some of your own favorite Thanksgiving themed picture books. You may also enjoy – Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit and Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving. If you get a moment this week or weekend, get everyone together, grab a great picture book and settle in for a different type of Thanksgiving treat.

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