Thanksgiving Reads: Books About Food

Thanksgiving is upon us, and books are a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday season! If you’ve missed the rush for Thanksgiving-themed books, but still want something to read with your family on Thanksgiving, don’t despair. We’ve put together a list of 10 food-filled picture books that are sure to get everyone nice and hungry before Thanksgiving dinner!



Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert

Follow the process of turning vegetables into vegetable soup, from the beginning (planting seeds) to the end (making soup from scratch). A great pick for kids who show an interest in cooking, or simply want to know how the food they eat makes it from ground to table.

Orange Pear

Orange Pear Apple Bear, by Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett creates a rich reading experience using only five words—orange, pear, apple, bear, and there. Watch as these five words are rearranged to create new meanings before your very eyes!


There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, by Penny Parker Klostermann & Ben Mantle

We all know about the old lady who swallowed a fly, right? Well, this book adds a new twist to the classic nursery rhyme, and will certainly make for lively conversation about the dangers of overeating!

Little Pea

Little Pea, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Jen Corace

There is one food that Little Pea hates, and he has to eat it for dinner tonight. No, it’s not spinach or Brussels sprouts or broccoli–it’s candy! But if Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his candy, his parents won’t let him have vegetables for dessert–his favorite! A clever story for picky eaters, who will sympathize with Little Pea in ways they didn’t quite expect.

Yummy Yucky

Yummy Yucky, by Leslie Patricelli

Read about food and learn about opposites at the same time! Spaghetti is yummy, but worms are yucky. Blueberries? Yummy. Blue crayons? Yucky. You get the idea. But kids will love the simple text and the featured toddler’s silly expressions.

At the Supermarket

At the Supermarket, by Anne Rockwell

Start off Thanksgiving morning by following along with a boy and his mother as they visit the supermarket. Then talk about your own trip to the store to buy all of your Thanksgiving food!

Green Eggs

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss

Who doesn’t know the story of green eggs and ham and the loveable Sam-I-Am? This Dr. Seuss classic can be a helpful prep for the Thanksgiving meal, as well as a discussion about the importance of trying new foods.


How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Kids will love seeing the ways that these young dinos learn to behave at the dinner table. A great way to jump-start a conversation with young ones about appropriate Thanksgiving dinner etiquette.


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett & Ronald Barrett

What if food fell from the sky like rain? This silly question has entertained young readers for years, and will seem especially appropriate on Thanksgiving!


We’re Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins

Fans of Rosie’s Walk will love Hutchins’s story about three friends who decide to go on a picnic. As they set off, however, they don’t realize they have a few small food bandits in tow! Kids will laugh at the blissful ignorance of the main characters, who maintain a positive attitude even when their food is gone.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of our ManaFriends!

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