5 Thanksgiving Books For Little Readers to Savor | Holiday Roundup

Share these five picture and board books with children as they prepare for the holiday of food and gratitude.

Share these five picture and board books with children as they prepare for the holiday of food and gratitude.

Edwards, Nicola. You’re My Little Cutie Pie. illus. by Natalie Marshall. 18p. (You’re My Little). Silver Dolphin. Sept. 2023. Board $9.99. ISBN 9781667204598.
Baby-Toddler–The popular “You’re My Little” board book series is back for the Thanksgiving season. This book highlights the many staples of a Thanksgiving dinner by comparing the little one to a little pie, buttered roll, berry, marshmallow, and more. Cutouts of objects to move around the book as well as other interactive features will engage the youngest readers. The story ends with a sweet goodnight, making this the perfect bedtime story to share around Thanksgiving time. The bold palette and strong graphic design illustrations will bring the story to life for adults and children alike. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase for a library that serves toddlers, as this is a short yet interactive tale about holiday traditions and family love.–Kristen Todd-Wurm

Berenstain, Stan & Jan Berenstain. Thankful for Family. 22p. (Berenstain Bears). Random. Aug. 2023. Board $7.99. ISBN 9780593644843.
PreS-Gr 2–The Berenstains gather around the Thanksgiving table and give thanks in this seasonal story. There are many things the Berenstains are thankful for, such as school, vacation, friends, and sports. The thing they all are most thankful for is time with family, whether it’s learning to fish with Gramps, enjoying time at home with Mama, or watching Papa tend to his pumpkin patch. Seasonal humor provides a few chuckles, but the story is centered on giving thanks and being grateful. Spreads alternate between family time around the food-laden table and memories evoked by discussing what the family, especially Brother and Sister, are thankful for. While not offering anything new, the story is in line with the message. VERDICT An additional purchase where Berenstain Bears stories are popular.–Rosemary Kiladitis

Matson, Rachel. Teeny Tiny Turkey. illus. by Joey Chou. 16p. Scholastic/Cartwheel. Sept. 2023. Board $5.99. ISBN 9781338893052.
Toddler-PreS–The “Teeny Tiny” series is back with a new holiday to celebrate: Thanksgiving/Harvest Day. The teeny tiny turkey wants to bring something amazing to the harvest party for her friends to enjoy. She is looking around the forest to see what others are bringing. “Fox knit a special scarf, and Owl made a pie.” The teeny tiny turkey isn’t quite sure what she can provide, as each time she tries to knit or bake something teeny tiny, it backfires. Finally, her friends convince her that a gift from her heart is the perfect size gift for all to enjoy. Vibrant illustrations and a rhythmic flow of text makes for an enjoyable short tale perfect for Autumn. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase to add to a holiday collection for young readers.–Kristen Todd-Wurm

Nellist, Glenys. Little Mole Gives Thanks. illus. by Sally Anne Garland. 32p. (Little Mole: Bk. 4). Beaming. Aug. 2023. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781506482521.
PreS-Gr 1–Little Mole is preparing a forest feast for his friends as well as some very important guests. He sets the table with homemade delicacies, such as pumpkin pudding and blackberry juice, and on the best seats at the table he puts reserved signs for the most important guests. His friends, Little Squirrel, Little Mouse, and Little Lark, each ask who the special seats are for, but Little Mole will not spoil the surprise. As he beams with pride over what he created, he sees his first important guest, Principal Porcupine, coming down the path. She quickly disappoints poor Little Mole when she explains that she cannot attend. The remainder of Little Mole’s special guests disappoint him one by one, and his woodland forest friends immediately comfort him. Soon, Little Mole realizes that the most valuable guests to have at his forest feast are his friends, who never let him down. Soft, autumnal illustrations bring the reader to a crisp day in the forest and create an inspiring tale of friendship. At the end of the story, readers can spend time reading additional information on how to create their very own forest feast. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase for a picture book collection; it not only celebrates autumn harvest holidays, but touches on the themes of disappointment, inclusion, and friendship.–Kristen Todd-Wurm

What Are You Thankful For?adapt. by Natalie Shaw. 14p. (CoComelon). S. & S./Simon Spotlight. Aug. 2023. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781665940924.
PreS-K–A song from the popular YouTube channel “CoComelon” gets a fresh format in this new board book. Fans of the show will recognize JJ, TomTom, and YoYo as they craft a “Thank-You Tree” collage for their parents. The siblings use paper leaves and Polaroid photos to illustrate what they are most thankful for. Illustrations and text blocks blend screenshots with lyrics from the original video. Background patterns are bright and engaging, in a blend of autumnal plaids that highlight the Thanksgiving feel of the book’s message without committing to the holiday theme. Colorful music notes illustrate the sing-along chorus. Familiarity with the franchise is a plus. VERDICT A charming addition to a preschool board book collection.–Jennifer LaBurre

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