The Funniest Thanksgiving Books We Ever Read

Fried Feathers for thanksgiving, Thanksgiving at Tappletons, Turk and Rant


Quality time on a Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be limited to food and games on TV.  You can spread the cheer and chase away stress by reading funny Thanksgiving books.
Writing about funny books is intimidating.  I feel the extra pressure to be funny.  It’s not easy because Thanksgiving is not funny.  I can hear a lot of you resisting me on this one, claiming that turkey provides a lot of opportunity for humor.  That may be.  But we recently spent three hours in Barnes and Nobles and didn’t find one funny book about turkey or Thanksgiving.  “Do you have funny books about Thanksgiving?” we asked a nice old lady who works there. She gave us I know an old lady who swallowed a pie.  We were so bored; we fell asleep.
Thanksgiving is quintessentially serious holiday about surviving hard times and determination.  It is a symbol of faith and courage.  The day usually involves some serious thinking about all the good things in our lives that won’t be fun to loose, although, the opportunity to count the blessings is daily ours for the taking.  Thanksgiving is also about spending time with family or people who matter the most to us.  And we all know family tastes better with a dose of humor.  So, here are our three funniest finds.   Read them on Thanksgiving Day for extra dose of yummy, I mean, funny.


Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by Eileen Spinelli
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ was always a big day.”  So begins this hysterically funny book by Eileen Spinelli, a mother of six, and a recipient of numerous literary awards, including Children’s Book of the Year in 2001. Your definition of “hysterical” might be different, so let me clarify, this book makes us laugh out loud each time we read it.  From the pond jumping turkey to exploding mashed potatoes there is never a dull moment on this particular Thanksgiving day at Tappletons’.  The paintings are bright and get extra points for comical face expressions and body language.  Grandpa ends up hungry like 5 elephants and uncle Fritz’s stomach can’t stop rumbling, but family learns that “There is more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and trimmings.”  My 7-year old insists that Grandma’s Thanksgiving prayer is the most fun of all, while my 4-year old dissolves into a puddle of giggles at the words “I’ll get the pickles.”  I don’t know, if there is anyone who won’t enjoy this sweet and funny Thanksgiving tale.
(And I can’t wait to check out author’s new book Thankful that came out last month).
Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving by James Stevenson
This book is actually part of the series and what a wonderful series it is.  I’m surprised that I haven’t heard of it before.  Author, James Stevenson, is a famous New Yorker magazine cartoonist, Caldecott medal winner and author and illustrator of over 100 books.  The distinctive feature of Emma series is its format.  Each page has a couple of drawings in frames.  And the text appears in speech bubbles.  Drawings are comic and beautiful.  Humor is wonderful, but what I like best about each book is the main message that wit concurs all.  No need to descend to the level of the bullies, no need to scream or cry.  Emma wins by using her wits.  It’s not your traditional story of giving thanks but it nevertheless makes me grateful for the fact that wit counts and at the end of the day brain is more important than strength.
Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

You know what is the difference between a chicken and a turkey?  Chickens celebrate Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is all about eating turkeys and this means trouble for the fattest and roundest turkey of the Wishbone Farm called Turk.  But don’t worry, a brother Runt is here to help (unless he gets eaten first).  Get ready for some fancy turkey football moves, graceful turkey ballet, Madame Waddelle’s elegant French swearing, a feast of corn and a whole lot of drama.  You will enjoy reading this hilarious adventure of farm turkey family as they try to survive Thanksgiving and beyond.  My kids say it’s the funniest book about turkey they ever read.

I wonder what it means when the farmer unfriends me on Facebook...
What are your favorite Thanksgiving books?
Any funny Thanksgiving books on your bookshelves?
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31 thoughts on “The Funniest Thanksgiving Books We Ever Read

  1. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    These are too cute! I need to get my daughter a Thanksgiving book, we’ve been talking about it and being thankful for the last several days!

  2. Kiana Abram (KiaNaturally) · Edit

    3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    These are great suggestions! I don’t really remember reading Thanksgiving themed books as a kid so it’s nice to know there are these options out there.

  3. Heather (Townsend House) · Edit

    3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I can’t say that I have any Thanksgiving books that we read…and I love to read. Ours are mainly the “first Thanksgiving” type books…sad considering we are literature based homeschoolers. I love these recs though, and will definitely be making a trip to the library!

  4. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I haven’t seen these before, but love a good book to share with the boys. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here!

  5. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I should have grabbed some of these for my kids when I went to the library! Gah, I didn’t even think of it!

  6. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I don’t suppose I’ve ever encountered a Thanksgiving book, aside from the traditional pilgrims and Indians stories, which just makes things kinda awkward thanks to a little more historical awareness. I prefer to enjoy the friends and family aspect of the holiday and try not to dwell on that first Thanksgiving aspect as much as possible. 

  7. 3 weeks ago – Shared privately

    I can’t remember any funny Thanksgiving books except for maybe Amelia Bedelia. These look really cute. I will have to check them out for my kids. Thanks for sharing these!

  8. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I always grab my daughter a ton of holiday books the week before and read them day and night before. Ive never heard of any of these. 

  9. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Thanks for sharing these funny books. If I wish I had known about them sooner, I would have selected one to read to my grandchildren on Thanksgiving.

  10. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I don’t think I remember reading any of these when I was a kid, but I loved the themed books we read in elementary school! :]

    That poor turkey! ;_;

  11. 1 week ago – Shared publicly

    These are great! I agree, at least with the Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving book – there are some wonderfully silly books out there! Thanks for sharing



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