Hooray For Thanksgiving Books!

With Turkey day just around the corner, it’s time to pick up some fabulous Thanksgiving stories at Hooray For Books!

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. By Alison Jackson; Puffin Books, Ages 3-6.   

Alison Jackson’s silly story I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie is the perfect book to read or sing aloud on Thanksgiving day! Her lyrical, rhythmic verse can be sung to the tune of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” In Jackson’s rendition, one very hungry old lady eats every Thanksgiving staple you can think of, and then some! After inhaling pie, cider, squash, salad, turkey and more, will this old lady ever be full? Find out in this delightful, hilarious story!

The Turkey Ball by David Steinberg. Price Stern Sloan Publishing. Ages 2-6.

“Gobble-gobble.” Learn how to speak turkey in Steinberg’s funny story about a group of turkeys off to dance the night away at the Turkey Ball! Follow these party animals as they travel in the turkey bus, strut down the cranberry red carpet, and dance “till their feathers meet the morning light!” Steinberg’s goofy text accompanied by Liz Conrad’s bold, fun illustrations will have you enjoying this book all Thanksgiving night long!

This Is The Feast by Diane Z. Shore. Harper Collins. Ages 4-8.

For those of you looking for a Thanksgiving book rich in history, we highly recommend This Is The Feast. The rhyming prose, sometimes solemn and sometimes rollicking, carries the reader through the Pilgrims’ journey, from the struggle of a barren winter to the joyful relief of the harvest. The illustrations are as colorful and vivid as the prose: “These are the maples, in forests ablaze, where wild turkeys run and golden deer graze.” This book is also packed with historical details, gracefully woven into the writing: did you know that the pilgrims ate lobster at Thanksgiving? Great for a classroom read, or for any child curious about the origins of Thanksgiving.

Turkey Riddles by Katy Hall. Puffin Books. Ages 5-8.

Does your early reader have a fowl sense of humor? Then they’re sure to gobble up Turkey Riddles! Packed with groan-worthy puns, your beginning reader will love reading these goofy jokes to you. Why did the turkey stuffing go on strike? Because it wanted a higher celery, of course! Why did Tom Turkey climb into the vegetable bowl? Well, you’re just going to have to come in and find out!

Toulouse on the Loose by Kimberly Thompson. Little Pigeon Books.

Check out Hooray For Books’  previous blog about Toulouse  here.  A word of caution however, this loveable turkey may make you think twice about eating a certain type of bird this holiday season.

These are just a few of our favorites, but be sure to swing by the store to explore our full collection!


Toulouse on the Loose is Magnifique

Toulouse on the Loose! by Kimberly Thompson, illustrated by Chris Easley (ages 3-6)

Fancy Nancy would be proud of this little French bird.  Toulouse, an artistic French turkey, comes to America to paint some of our national treasures.  Unfortunately, Toulouse makes that visit right before Thanksgiving.  Little does he know that he might end up becoming part of the menu.  Will Toulouse be pardoned by the President in time?

A little larger than the average picture book, Toulouse is filled with fine illustrations of some of our Nation’s most recognizable monuments.  Illustrator Chris Easey deftly handles the illustration of the President, showing him only from behind or in part to allow for future Presidents (until we have a woman President).  In the back, there are some Thanksgiving recipes and pages for you to write down your own travel memories.  A great book for Thanksgivings for years to come.

Toulouse on the Loose, by Kimberly Thompson, illustrated by Chris Easley, Little Pigeon Books, $19.95