Read All About It: It’s Thanksgiving!

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

Library: As the holidays envelop us, 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 who took the time to make these recommendations to Club Members.

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

Recommendations by: 

  • Teen’Scape, Los Angeles Public Library
  • Literature and Fiction Dept.,
    Los Angeles Public Library
  • Children’s Literature Dept.,
    Los Angeles Public Library
  • Compiled by: Susan Lendroth,
    Los Angeles Public Library

For Adult Readers

Janet Evanovich

After a meet-cute over a mischievous bunny, Megan Murphy and Patrick Hunter embark on a whirlwind romance. Soon they are co-hosting a large Thanksgiving gathering in an idyllic colonial cottage. But is it all happening too fast? 

Turkey Trot Murder,
Leslie Meier

Reporter and part-time sleuth Lucy Stone is looking forward to a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday when she stumbles across a body in the lake. Now she finds herself in a race against time to solve the mystery of this drowned woman before tensions in bucolic Tinker’s Cove overflow.

Pieces of April, DVD 

Though estranged from her family, April Burns invites them to her small rundown apartment in New York City to celebrate what will most likely be her mother’s last Thanksgiving. Right from the beginning, the festivities veer off course. From a broken oven to a fistfight, it seems like nothing will go right for the Burns family this year. Can anything save this fraught family reunion? Starring Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt and Patricia Clarkson, this 2003 indie film is a sweet and humorous holiday treat. 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, DVD 

All Neil Page wants is to make it home in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Chicago. But getting in his way are delayed flights, lost credit cards, broken-down trains and one annoying fellow passenger he just can’t shake. Steve Martin and John Candy star in this beloved holiday comedy. 

For Young Readers

Jen Arena 

With simple acts of kindness we can change someone’s day! This lovely picture book reflects on this and creates an opportunity to think about all the people in our life we are thankful for!

Even Robots Can Be Thankful!
Jan Thomas

Best friends Red Robot and Blue Robot learn that friendship takes work, but brings so much to be thankful for. 


Thank You for the Little Things
Caryl Hart; illustrated by Emily Hamilton

A young child discovers that being thankful for little things helps when they are worried or sad.


Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story
Danielle Greendeer

In this Wampanoag story, told in a Native tradition, two kids from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learn the story of Weeâchumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving.

Elmo’s Best Thanksgiving Ever!
Jodie Shepherd

Thanksgiving with the ever-popular character, Elmo, and his friends from Sesame Street. When an unexpected storm changes Elmo’s big Thanksgiving Day plans, he learns that there are many things to be thankful for.