The best children’s books featuring festive parades

Andrea Denish Author Of Everyone Loves a Parade!*
By Andrea Denish

The Books I Picked & Why

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

By Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Why this book?

If you’ve ever wondered how those big parade balloons came to be, this book explains everything. You’ll meet Tony Sarg, a talented marionette artist who crafted puppets to entertain on the Broadway stage as well as Macy’s Department store window in New York City. Tony’s ingenuity really soars when he is called upon to create something special for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Something that would change the face of the parade forever.


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A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea

By Michael Ian Black, Kevin Hawkes

A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea

Why this book?

Have you ever heard of a pig parade? It sounds like a great idea, right? Imagine pigs on floats. Pigs in a marching band. Pigs wearing fancy costumes. Who wouldn’t enjoy a pig parade? Read this book to find out what a pig parade might look like and if a pig parade would in fact be a terrible idea.


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Hoorade Day!

By Nancy Raines Day, Cornelius Van Wright

Hoorade Day!

Why this book?

Experience all the joy of an Independence Day parade on the pages of this colorful book. Get a boost on Dad’s shoulders, wave your flag and meet the man wearing the tall red, white, and blue hat. Upbeat, rhyming text adds to the excitement and makes this picturebook a read-aloud favorite.


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What Do You Celebrate?: Holidays and Festivals Around the World

By Whitney Stewart, Christiane Engel

What Do You Celebrate?: Holidays and Festivals Around the World

Why this book?

Holiday celebrations and festive parades go hand-in-hand. Learn about celebrations around the world including Carnaval in Brazil, Fastelavn in Denmark, Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico, and many more. You’ll learn about special holiday traditions, foods, costumes and even find instructions to make crafts so you can enjoy the celebration at home.


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Curious George at the Parade

By H. A. Rey

Curious George at the Parade

Why this book?

Curious George seems to find trouble wherever he goes, and a parade is a prime place to find trouble. There are plenty of laughs to be had as George wanders away from the Man in the Yellow Hat and gets carried away with curiosity.


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