Read All About It: It’s Thanksgiving!

These LA Public Library recommendations can help your family celebrate Thanksgiving.

Library: As the holidays progress, Alive! continues publishing recommendations from our favorite Library – Los Angeles Public Library – for your seasonal reading pleasure and to remember the point of the holiday, gratitude.

These suggestions are available through the LAPL, either as hard-cover loans or digital downloads. Go to:

Thanks to the LAPL Librarians.

Look for a Christmas/Haunkkah/winter holiday installment next month.

For Adult Readers

Compiled by Librarian Elizabeth Graney

Finding Perfect, Colleen Hoover
Set in Hoover’s bestselling Hopeless series, this novella follows several of Hoover’s most beloved characters as they gather for a Thanksgiving celebration at Sky’s parents’ house. With Sky and Daniel still reeling from the secret they must keep, Daniel takes it upon himself to search for the answers that will heal their relationship. A heartwarming holiday tale for the die-hard Hoover fan.


For Young Adult Readers

Indigenous Voices

Fiction by Indigenous Creators:

  • The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline
  • Walking in Two Worlds, Wab Kinew
  • Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter, Angeline Boulley
  • Heart’s Unbroken, Cynthia Leitich Smith

Graphic Novels by Indigenous Creators

  • Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection
  • Super Indian, Arigon Starr
  • This Place: 150 Years Retold
  • Borders, Thomas King and Natasha Donovan
  • A Girl Called Echo, Katherena Vermette

Other Titles

  • If I Go Missing, Brianna Jonnie
  • Red: A Haida Manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
  • Surviving the City, Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Natasha Donovan
    Dakwäkãda Warriors, Cole Pauls
  • Sugar Falls: a Residential School Story, David Robertson

For Young Readers

Compiled by Librarians of the Children’s Literature Dept.

Picture Books

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story
Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry and Alexis Bunten
A Wampanoag harvest tale about their ancestors’ first encounter with the Pilgrims in Massachusetts.

Thanks for Nothing
Ryan T. Higgins
The bear from the Grumpy Bruce picture book series is trying to prepare a Thanksgiving feast, but his clueless mouse friends keep getting in the way.

Around the Table that Grandad Built
Melanie Heuiser Hill; Illustrated by Jaime Kim
A multi-cultural clan happily prepares for a feast of tamales, samosas, home-grown vegetables and a variety of scrumptious desserts.Though not specifically about Thanksgiving, this brightly illustrated cumulative rhyme celebrates family, friends, food and gratitude.

Lisa Wheeler; Illustrated by Barry Gott
Both meat-eating and vegetarian dinosaurs enjoy the holiday in a jaunty, rhyming story that hits all the Thanksgiving highlights – travel, parades, football, food and even a corn maze! But best of all is the chance to share all of the things for which they are thankful!

Chapter Books

Turkey Trot Plot
Carolyn Keene; Illustrated by Peter Francis
Nancy and her friends search for a missing chocolate turkey, in the 12th book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series.


Kids Can Bake: Recipes for Budding Bakers 
Illustrated by Esther Coombs
Find a new recipe to try out over the holiday weekend with a cookbook written for kids! The helpful illustrations and step-by-step instructions make this a fun and easy activity for the whole family.

Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving
J. Patrick Lewis
A poetic introduction to the holiday, focusing on modern traditions. Back matter includes ways that people give thanks around the world and a glossary.

History Smashers: The Mayflower
Kate Messner; Illustrated by Dylan Meconis
Uncover the myths of the first Thanksgiving and find out the truth in this installment in the History Smashers series!

The Mayflower
Libby Romero
Learn about the Pilgrims and their perilous journey. Their story is enhanced by maps and informative illustrations. Find out what it was like on the Mayflower and what happened once it set anchor in a new land. This book provides much historical context for the Thanksgiving holiday, geared to kids aged 7 to 9.