The Funniest Thanksgiving Books We Ever Read

The Funniest Thanksgiving Books We Ever Read

Fried Feathers for thanksgiving, Thanksgiving at Tappletons, Turk and Rant
Inside: Quality time on 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 a 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 lose. Although the opportunity to count the blessings is daily ours for the taking, most people reserve it for this particular day.  
But we were determined to uncover funny Thanksgiving books and we didn’t give up. 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 our funniest finds.  Read them on Thanksgiving Day for an extra dose of yummy, I mean, funny.


Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by Eileen Spinelli

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 facial 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 guarantee you will enjoy this sweet and funny Thanksgiving tale.
Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving by James Stevenson

by James Stevenson

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 James Stevenson’s books is the 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

Turk and Rant: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler

You know what is the difference between a chicken and a turkey? Chickens celebrate Thanksgiving, while turkeys worry about being eated. 

Yep, 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 Responses

  1. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I have never heard of any of these! They look really awesome. I’ll have to check them out.

  2. 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!

  3. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I need to try these out! My daughter loves to read! And she LOVES funny books and funny movies! 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I haven’t read any of these yet, thanks for the suggestions for my kiddos! 

  6. 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!

  7. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Aw I would like to get my sister this to teach her about American culture.

  8. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    I have not heard of any of these! I will have to check them out for my son because he loves to read!

  9. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    These all sound so fun! My kids would love them! 

  10. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    these are all great suggestions to be reading to our little one this year for the hoidays

  11. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Lol what a cute post! I would love to get all these books for my kids. I might order them for next year! 

  12. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Oh my gosh, that turkey cartoon is hilarious! :)

  13. via Google+3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Who doesn’t love funny books…

  14. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    This is a great reading list. I would love to read the black feathers one

  15. 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!

  16. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Oh wow, you found some good ones! I would love to get some of these for my son. He loves Thanksgiving!

  17. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Thanks for sharing these! I’m always looking for new books to read to caleb!

  18. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Those will be a great gift for my husband lol, great and funny :)

  19. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Great books and I will check them out for my cousins!!!

  20. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    These books look like so much fun. I’m saving these for next year!

  21. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Cool! didnt realize they carried these.

  22. 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!

  23. 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. 

  24. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    these are some great suggestions & some really cute books for the kids

  25. 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!

  26. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    These sound adorable! I love a good, fun kids book to share with my daughter!

  27. 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. 

  28. 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.

  29. 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! ;_;

  30. 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


  31. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

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