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Winter has begun to rear its ugly head and Christmas is just around the corner! But, this month we take a day off to give thanks for the things we are truly grateful for. I am grateful to live in a country where we have running water, electricity, and easy access to food, medical treatment & education.

Best Thanksgiving Books to Read this November

It’s easy to forget our day to day blessings when life doesn’t go as expected. In the spirit of November, here are five Thanksgiving books to help us remember what this holiday is all about!

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

by Dav Pilkey (Children’s Picture book, Ages 3-5)

Adapted from Clement Moore’s popular Christmas poem this illustrated adventure sees eight school kids on a field trip to a turkey farm. But when the children discover the turkeys are going to be killed for their Thanksgiving dinners they decide to intervene.

Check out the book on Good Reads!


The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving

by Ann McGovern (Children's Historical Picture book, Ages 4-8)

This book introduces children to the voyage of Mayflower, the struggles the Pilgrims faced during their first year at Plymouth, and what events lead to the historic occasion that became Thanksgiving.

The Second Thanksgiving

by Douglas Lloyd McIntosh (Historical Fiction, Ages 12 & Up)

This Thanksgiving book follows the story of the Cooke family as they reunite in the new world two years after the first Thanksgiving dinner. Life has become increasingly difficult for the settlers at Plymouth, so they turn to their faith in God hoping for a solution.


Thanksgiving: The True Story

by Penny Colman (Nonfiction, Ages 10 & Up)

This book explores the origins of Thanksgiving by examining the claims and historical evidence we have today, as well as illustrating one women’s role in establishing the holiday.

History of Thanksgiving Did you know Thanksgiving, or the celebration of harvest and thanks, was celebrated by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans?  Way before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth! Learn more facts about the history of Thanksgiving here!

The Ghost at the Table

by Suzanne Berne (Fiction, Ages 17 & Up)

Sisters Frances and Cynthia have maintained a good relationship as adults, but when their long-estranged father reappears in their lives, they find themselves reunited as a family at Thanksgiving. Frances envisions a happy family holiday while Cynthia can’t ignore their father’s presence and the memories of their past that accompanies him.


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