Thanksgiving for Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston

Emily Ann is sure Thanksgiving is a no fun—her brother and sister are driving her crazy, there are chores to be done, and she has to sleep on the floor! She decides to take matters into her own hands and add a little spice into Thanksgiving by hiding the turkey. Her mom spots her “helping” with the turkey and, before Emily Ann knows it, she realizes how much she has to be thankful for at Thanksgiving and all the time! Cartwheel Books, $6.99; ages 3-7


Aw, Nuts! by Rob McClurkan.

One fall day, Squirrel spots the perfect acorn. He gathers it up, but it bounces away! So, Squirrel is off and running after the acorn. Aw nuts! As Squirrel keeps going on his quest for his perfect acorn, he has all kinds of funny mishaps! Will he ever actually get that elusive perfect acorn? Read this wonderfully, silly story and see! Harper, $17.99, ages 4-8


100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz

If you’re looking for things to make you happy or be thankful for, look no further. From snowflakes and chocolate cake to mud puddles and soap bubbles, plus another 96 happy things—this absolutely amazing book will make you grin and giggle as you read! Colorful, energetic illustrations and rhyming pairs of happy things make this a delightful book, perfect for Thanksgiving or any time of the year! Abrams Appleseed, $16.95; ages 3 and up


Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

Follow along as Penguin and his friends journey to the farm to find out about fall. They pick pumpkins to bring back with them. When they get back to the ice, they show Penguin’s brother Pumpkin what fall looks like—snowing leaves of course!
Vibrant, vivid illustrations fill this charming fall journey with Penguin and his friends!


The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

Gavin’s cousin, Rhonda, challenges him to “make his own fun” and break out of the kid’s room at Grandma’s and head for the swing set. Join them as they brave the “hall of aunts” and “room of zombies” among other Thanksgiving “perils” only to find rain when they reach the door. Will that dissuade them? Find out! Candlewick Press, $15.99; ages 4-8


Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

Absolutely gorgeous, luminous cut paper illustrations fill this delightful fall book. Large words on every page function almost as a poem paired with the images. Then, smaller text gives further information about the part of fall featured in the word pair and illustration. Stunning! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99; ages 5-9


Moms Read Too!

The Thankful Heart: How Deliberate Gratitude Can Change Every Texture of Our Lives by Richard and Linda Eyre

We all know that an attitude of gratitude helps each day be a little better. When times are difficult and challenges abound, having a thankful heart is the catalyst for the abundant life. The Thankful Heart, by well-known family authors Richard and Linda Eyre, is a book to keep or a book to give, filled with messages of gratitude and inspiring images for even the most difficult day, and it challenges us to turn “Thanksgiving” into the active, year-long verb “Thanks-Giving.” Available at