A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Fall and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving celebrations are all about showing gratitude for what we have. We are certainly thankful for the books we’ve read and the authors and illustrators who create them. We’ve included here a few seasonal selections that will hopefully make you thank-fall for books as well!






Autumn Babies by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illus. by Adela Pons

This board book features a diverse cast of babies at play in the park on a fall day. Perfect for little hands.






Duck and Hippo Give Thanks by Jonathan London, illus. by Andrew Joyner

Hippo is determined to enjoy a good old fashioned feast for Thanksgiving with Duck and their friends. However, he’s in for a big surprise!








A Fall Ball for All by Jamie A. Swenson, illus. by Chiara Fedele

All of the forest animals gather for a harvest celebration before the onset of winter. The rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, capturing the colors of the season, are a perfect tribute to autumn.






Fangsgiving by Ethan Long

It’s the fourth Thursday of November and the monsters have all gathered for a frightful feast!






Happy Thanksgiving, Tiny! By Cari Meister, illus. by Rich Davis

When Elliot is cast in the Thanksgiving play, his dog Tiny wants to help, but only gets in the way … until the day of the show!









A Kiss for Akaraka by Richard Jackson, illus. by E.B. Goodale

A little girl and her father spend an autumn afternoon raking leaves and playing with an imaginary friend.






Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving by J. Patrick Lewis

This book of poetry by Children’s Poet Laureate of the United States helps readers celebrate the joys of Thanksgiving.






Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen, illus. by Jennifer Bricking

This is a reissue of the original version published in 1983, with a new cover and new illustrations. Molly is a Russian Jewish immigrant who, through a class assignment, makes a connection with the story of the Pilgrims. It’s a wonderful story, one of our favorites, and is hands-down one of the best choices for a Thanksgiving read.








My Family Celebrates Thanksgiving by Lisa Bullard, illus. by Katie Saunders

Learn about the origins of Thanksgiving and why it’s celebrated in this easy to read book about the holiday.






Over the River and Through the Wood illus. by Emma Randall

This is a newly illustrated version of the classic holiday song. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and convey a cheerful tone.






Porcupine’s Pie by Laura Renaud, illus. by Jennie Poh

Porcupine can’t wait to share her cranberry pie at the Fall Feast. Her generosity earns her a multitude of thanks and gratitude in the end.  A recipe for “Friendship Pie” can be found at the end.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             





The Squirrels’ Busy Year by Martin Jenkins, illus. by Richard Jones

Follow a pair of gray squirrels through the seasons on their quest for food and survival. This is a perfect book to introduce young readers to the four seasons and changing weather. The illustrations are done in muted colors and provide details to enhance the text.







Ten Hungry Turkeys by Tilda Balsley, illus. by Ilene Richard

Ten turkeys are invited to a luncheon on a Thursday in November. One by one they decide not to attend, only to be surprised in the end.






Thank You, Omu! By Oge Mora

When the aroma of Omu’s homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive one by one, for a taste, until all is gone except for her generous spirit.








The 12 Days of Thanksgiving by Janice Lettice, illus. by Collen Madden

Inspired by “The 12 Days of Christmas,” a family countdowns the days until Thanksgiving.






What We Do in Fall by JoAnn Early Macken

Discover all the fun things to do in fall in this new book in the Seasons Can Be Fun series.







Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel

Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Masters of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.

“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, ‘Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,’ by Eugene Field.”

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