Festive Eats and Reads: Our Favorite Thanksgiving Picture Books and Snacks.

Over the past few years I have been slowly growing our Thanksgiving book collection. I just love finding books that capture what I love about the holiday- family togetherness, tradition, gratitude and, of course, yummy food. I can now happily say that we have a selection of Thanksgiving books that I really enjoy reading! November is the perfect time to curl up with a stack of books, so go grab a few from the library and enjoy! Or if you are feeling extra festive pair a few books with a fun festive snack!

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet- I love this informative read about the history of the Macy’s Day Parade. It is a perfect read for anyone that enjoys watching the parade each year.

Thank You Sarah by Laura Halse Anderson- Another informative and interesting read about how Thanksgiving became a national holiday and the women who helped make it happen.

Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf- I love this book, based on a true story about a community of friends that always shared a Thanksgiving meal in the woods before Friendsgivings were even a thing!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting- I love Eve Bunting books, and this one is no different. It is a funny story about a Moose preparing for a Thanksgiving Feast and his desire to have a turkey for Thanksgiving. My kids love the surprise twist at the end.

Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode- This book gives me all the feels because it reminds me of Thanksgiving at my Grandparents house growing up. Now that they are gone the pictures of the family piled around a hodge podge table makes me tear up!

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes- A simple book that lists so many wonderful things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

Share the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller- This old fashion Thanksgiving story is fun to read with it’s repetitive text style.

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli- A super cute book that features a family and all the different things they have to be thankful for.

T is for Thankful by Greg Paprocki- An ABC board book featuring so many of the things that I love about Thanksgiving. I love Paprocki’s illustrations. They are so nostalgic and fun!

Give Thanks to the Lord by Karma Wilson- I love that this book really make the Lord the center and focus of Thanksgiving.

Our favorite Thanksgiving themed snacks are this fun turkey legs! They are super simple to make, which isn’t always the case with themed eats. All you need is some pretzel twists, caramels and dipping chocolate. Unwrap and mold the caramel around one side of the pretzel so that it resembles a turkey leg, then dip the “turkey legs” in the chocolate and let it cool and set on wax paper.

Pilgrims hats made from fudge stripe cookies and peanut butter cups are also festive and easy!

If you are willing to put in a little more work you could give the classic peanut butter blossom a Thanksgiving spin by using peanut butter cups, candy corn, candy eyes and an M&M. You can use your favorite peanut butter blossom cookie recipe, we used this one. Then add the PB Cup and candy corn feathers after they have cooled slighlty. While the PB Cup is still warm add the candy eyes and M & M beak.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving book or snack? I’d love to hear!



Hey, I’m Megan, wife to Chad, mama to our three rambunctious boys, Grady, Marshall, Stafford and our sweet little girl, Ainsley Nell.  I have a passion for celebrating holidays, cherishing seasons, creating memories, collecting traditions, connecting hearts and chasing joy.   Thanks for coming along for our journey.