Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is for giving thanks cover

To get in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to find a book that would begin teaching my three year old guy about gratitude and what it means to be thankful. Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks is the perfect story to explain this to a little one. Giving thanks for things like family, playing outside, hot chocolate and lollipops is right up Liam’s alley and really speaking his language!

This special book touching on all of a toddler’s favorite things will really connect the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving. We’ve read it every single night since it came in the mail courtesy of Amazon.

By Margaret Sutherland

Illustrated by Sonja Lamut

Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers

3-5 years

24 pages

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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin


A funny seasonal story with big, bold pictures and a sense of humor. This book reminds me a bit of Bob & Flo in that it is a quick and funny read. The title says it all. Join duck & goose as they search high and low for a pumpkin.

We’ll be sure to check out they many other Duck & Goose books, especially Duck & Goose It’s Time for Christmas.

Tad Hills

Schwartz and Wade Books

22 pages

Ages 2-5

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The Very Best Pumpkin

The Very Best Pumpkin Cover

This was a quick pick from the library without any prior knowledge of this book or author. What a great choice it was! At first, when my son kept requesting this one at nap and bedtime I thought it was because it’s a little longer story than usual (delaying bedtime, of course). After reading it repeatedly I realized it wasn’t a stalling tactic, but instead he truly loves reading this cute book about pumpkins, seasons & friendship.

It’s a sweet book about a boy who lives with his grandparents on their pumpkin farm. We watch as Peter gives extra special care to one pumpkin that is growing away from the rest. After lots of TLC, the very best pumpkin leads him to a long lasting friendship. Liam loves the butterflies, ladybugs, apples and bumblebees who are on each page.

It also inspired us to make pumpkin muffins since every time we see the page with all of the pumpkins & mice Liam asks “Mommy, do we EAT pumpkins?”

Mark Kimball Moulton

Illustrations by Karen Hillard Good

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

32 pages

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Biscuit Visits the Farm

Biscuit Visits the Farm Cover

This is our second season reading about Biscuit’s trip to see the apple orchards, chicken coops and other animals on the farm. We fell in love with this book since at the end there is a hayride for everyone. Last fall my son was two years old and we went on at least 10 different hayrides in September and October! It was his favorite thing to do, and still is this year. My Mom bought this book for him after she saw how excited he was about our new mode of transportation. It is fun to see all of the mischief Biscuit can get into while exploring the animals and their homes.

By Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Pictures by Pat Schories


Ages 2-6

20 pages

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Big Red Barn

Big Red Barn

From the author who brought you The Runaway Bunny and the bedtime classic, Goodnight Moon, here is one of our favorites. While it is good to read all year long, it is especially fun during the fall months when we take many trips to local area farms.

It is also good to read anytime of day, but I prefer to read it near bedtime as we follow the animals from the start of their day and finish with them fast asleep. It is also a great book that can be read easily in a soft, hushed voice.

I love the author’s use of a few words a toddler doesn’t hear quite often, such as the bantam rooster and hen, the big cow lowed, and the donkey gave one last bray. My son likes when he hears new words he gets to learn the meaning of. This is also the book that taught my son the word reflection as there is a pretty picture of the moon reflected in the water. There are also some nice sunset pictures. My son’s other favorites are the teeny tiny pictures of the sun rising, mice, little pink pig and bats. They are so small and fun to find.

Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by Felicia Bond

Ages 1 and up

32 pages

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