The best gather-round-and-share stories for Thanksgiving

Dian Curtis Regan Author Of Fangsgiving
By Dian Curtis Regan

Who am I?

I am the author of many books for young readers, ranging from picture books to YA novels and novellas. Where did this book come from? After Scholastic published My Zombie Valentine, it did so well, they asked me to write another "funny/scary" title for Christmas, so I wrote The Vampire Who Came for Christmas. Then they asked me to write another holiday book for the next year, and this time, they gave me a title: Home for the Howlidays. Then, they asked me to write one more funny/scary story, but this time, for Thanksgiving. And again, they gave me the title: Fangsgiving. The books have become known as the Holiday Monster Series.


I wrote...

Fangsgiving

By Dian Curtis Regan,

Book cover of Fangsgiving

What is my book about?

When Matt goes “over the river and through the woods” to Grandmother’s house, things get weird. Why is Grandma’s creepy handyman so tall and so pale? Why does he wear dark glasses day and night? Matt and his sister, Rosie, end up at the wrong place at the wrong time—captives of two silly vampires named Wicked and Sinister.

Will they make it back to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving dinner? Or will they end up as... vampire turkey stuffing!?

The books I picked & why

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Bear Says Thanks

By Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (illustrator),

Book cover of Bear Says Thanks

Why this book?

The intrepid Bear from the bestselling Bear Snores On is back in a sweet Thanksgiving adventure. Fall is here and Bear decides to throw a feast for his friends. One problem: his cupboards are bare. But his friends arrive, one by one, each bringing something yummy to eat. Bear feels bad about letting his friends down, however the one thing they really want from Bear is to listen to his stories. Charming illustrations by Jane Chapman add to the fun.

Bear Says Thanks

By Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Bear Says Thanks as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

What better way for Bear to say thanks and enjoy the company of his friends then over a nice big dinner! Bear decides to throw a feast. One-by-one, Bear's friends show up with different platters of delicious food to share. There's just one problem. Bear's cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Karma Wilson's playful text and Jane Chapman's delightful illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share and rejoice in all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.


Turkey Trouble

By Wendi Silvano, Lee Harper (illustrator),

Book cover of Turkey Trouble

Why this book?

Turkey has a problem. Thanksgiving is on the way. Maybe if Turkey wears a disguise, the farmer won't recognize him. He'll make the farmer think he's one of the horses. Great idea–until Cow figures it out. So, Turkey disguises himself as a cow. Another great idea—until Pig figures it out. Finally, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise. This story made me laugh out loud, and I'm sure it will have the same effect on young readers. Funny illustrations by Lee Harper add to the silliness.

Turkey Trouble

By Wendi Silvano, Lee Harper (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Turkey Trouble as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it's almost Thanksgiving...and you're the main course. But Turkey has an idea-what if he doesn't look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?

After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

Wendi Silvano's comical story is perfectly matched by Lee Harper's watercolors.


Thanksgiving in the Woods

By Phyllis Alsdurf, Jenny Lovlie (illustrator),

Book cover of Thanksgiving in the Woods

Why this book?

This is a heartwarming story, based on a real family who has hosted a "Thanksgiving in the Woods" for over twenty years. The illustrations are perfect for this tale, and the author takes us along for this special celebration. Wood planks and hay bales are set up to create long tables. The kids build a fort where they eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal, complete with singing songs, dancing, and roasting marshmallows over a bonfire. (Note: with this listing on Amazon, you'll find a video of the actual Thanksgiving in the Woods.)

Thanksgiving in the Woods

By Phyllis Alsdurf, Jenny Lovlie (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Thanksgiving in the Woods as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Every year a family and their friends gather in the woods to celebrate Thanksgiving among the trees. Everyone brings something to share and the day becomes a long celebration of family, faith, and friendship. Told in a gentle, lyrical style, this picture book includes warm illustrations of people gathered around bonfires and long tables adorned with candles and food, singing songs and sharing laughter.

Thanksgiving in the Woods is based on the true story of a family in Upstate New York who has hosted an outdoor Thanksgiving feast in the woods on their farm for over twenty years.


I Am Thankful: A Thanksgiving Book for Kids

By Sheri Wall, Holly Clifton-Brown (illustrator),

Book cover of I Am Thankful: A Thanksgiving Book for Kids

Why this book?

Thanksgiving is near! A multicultural family boards a plane and flies to a relative's house for Thanksgiving Day. The main character participates in the shopping, cleaning, pumpkin-picking, and helping Grandma with the pie-making. Big brother comes home from college and together they put a puzzle together. A hike outside showcases the falling leaves in the bright illustrations, and Grandpa takes her to a shelter where they donate bags of food. Ends with tips on how you can be thankful.

I Am Thankful: A Thanksgiving Book for Kids

By Sheri Wall, Holly Clifton-Brown (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked I Am Thankful as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Learn about the true spirit of gratitude and Thanksgiving with a storybook for kids 3 to 5

Thanksgiving books for kids teach us about coming together with our loved ones and to give thanks for all that we have. I Am Thankful is an adorable, rhyming storybook that follows three different families as they celebrate the holiday with their own traditions, acts of kindness, and ways of giving back.

Kids will learn how to be thankful for the people and world around them as they delight in the sweet illustrations that show diverse families and exciting Thanksgiving adventures. This heartfelt,…


The Night Before Thanksgiving

By Natasha Wing, Tammie Lyon (illustrator),

Book cover of The Night Before Thanksgiving

Why this book?

Part of the Twas the Night Before series. This time, it's the night before Thanksgiving. Very fast-paced with funny rhymes and sweet illustrations of a "modern family." There are pies to bake, parades to watch, pilgrim hats to make, and relatives to arrive. Tables are set up, silverware is polished, but where is Uncle Norm? Caught in a storm. Finally, the turkey is done–and dad trips over the dog. Oh, no! But the kids save the turkey from disaster. And, at the last minute, Uncle Norm shows up—so Thanksgiving can finally begin.

The Night Before Thanksgiving

By Natasha Wing, Tammie Lyon (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Night Before Thanksgiving as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gobble Gobble! It's turkey time! Thanksgiving is yet another big moment to be celebrated in Natasha Wing's best-selling series.

Everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday is almost here! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun. This family fun read-aloud makes the perfect gift to get young readers excited for this festive fall holiday!


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