November is underway, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Families are getting ready to gather around the table, share turkey and stuffing, and enjoy the company of relatives. What better way to teach children about the meaning of Thanksgiving than by reading together as a family? Books are one of the things we are most thankful for, so we’ve put together a list of the newest Thanksgiving titles that you and your family can share this holiday.


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


New Thanksgiving Stories

Apple CakeApple Cake by Dawn Casey, illus. by Genevieve Godbout

This charming book celebrates family, food, and feelings of gratitude. The colored-pencil illustrations create cozy scenes. Perfect for Thanksgiving sharing! A recipe for apple cake is included as well.








Around the Table that Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill, illus. by Jaime Kim

A family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal in this cumulative picture book.






pout pout fishBe Thankful, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

It’s Thanksgiving under the sea in this new board book.






five little thank yousFive Little Thank-Yous by Cindy Jin, illus. by Dawn M. Cardona

This rhyming board book is shaped like a turkey handprint craft and reminds us of the important things to be thankful for.








Imagine You Were There … Sailing on the Mayflower by Caryn Jenner

The Imagine You Were There series helps readers imagine what it was like to be there during events that changed the world. This book chronicles the voyage of the pilgrims from England to America and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. And, November 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower!








look and be gratefulLook and Be Grateful by Tomie dePaola

This board book with simple wording encourages children to be thankful for each day.







MayflowerThe Mayflower Compact by Marcia Amidon Lusted

Learn about the events and people behind the Mayflower Compact. Part of the Shaping the United States of America series.






jokesThe Mayflower Facts & Jokes by John Townsend, illus. by David Antram

This entertaining introduction to history includes jokes, trivia, and tons of fun facts!









T is for Thanks and Turkey! by Melinda Rathjen, illus. by Amy Husband

The Flanimals, a group of zany animals dressed in flannel, learn all about saying “Thanks” in this board book starring the letter T.






thanksgivingThanksgiving by Charly Haley

This book is a nice introduction to the history, meaning, traditions, and celebrations of Thanksgiving. Full color illustrations and photographs are throughout.








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 Master 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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