Alert! Delicious holiday ahead! Enjoy the feast, enjoy your family and friends and enjoy a book. Yes, you too can get in the holiday mood with a good book about Thanksgiving, turkeys or pumpkin pie. Stop by the library and get your supply of books with that seasonal theme.
“SUNNY’S PICKS” - EASY AND EASY READER
Here are a few books that celebrate the fun of the holiday season – good food and family. Sunny must think this is a good idea, too. He wiggled his nose in his friendliest way when he saw these books go by.
Easy Books (E)
- “Dinner at the Panda Palace” by Stephanie Calmenson
Mr. Panda, owner of the Panda Palace restaurant, manages to find seating for all of his animal patrons on a very busy night.
- “The Seven Silly Eaters” by Mary Ann Hoberman
Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother.
- “All for Pie, Pie for All” by David Martin
Grandma Cat bakes an apple pie that is heartily enjoyed by her family as well as the mouse and ant families that live nearby.
- “The Apple Pie that Papa Baked” by Lauren Thompson
When a doting father decides to make an apple pie for his beloved daughter, an enjoyable day is had by all, including the hungry farm animals who hover nearby in the hopes of getting a slice of the pie.
Easy Reader Books (ER)
- “The Greedy Python” by Richard Buckley
“The Greedy Python” is quick to gobble up every creature he meets—including to his own great misfortune, himself, when he mistakes the tip of his tail for a lunchtime treat.
- “Tales for Very Picky Eaters” by Josh Schneider
A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.
- “Eat Your Peas Louise” by Pegeen Snow
Louise is given all sorts of reasons for eating her peas.
JUVENILE AND YOUNG ADULT “STAFF PICKS”
Juvenile Books (J)
These books celebrate fun and friends. Some are about wacky holiday adventures and some are just gentle reminders of the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
- “Needle and Thread” by Ann M. Martin
Autumn comes to Camden Falls — bringing new friends, new teachers, new worries and new challenges. Flora and Ruby are just starting to settle into the town. Flora is worried about spending the first Thanksgiving without their parents. Ruby is worried about getting a part in her school musical. And their new friends, Olivia and Nikki, are facing problems of their own. But the friendship that ties them together also will give them the strength to work things out — one stitch at a time.
- “Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Turkeys We have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)” by Barbara Park
It’s Thanksgiving time and Room Nine is getting ready for their very own Thanksgiving feast! There’s even a contest to see which room can write the best thankful list. The winners will get a pumpkin pie! Only it turns out being thankful is harder than it looks.
- “Turkey Trouble on the National Mall” by Ron Roy
Every year, the president pardons one turkey for Thanksgiving. But KC and her best friend, Marshall, think one isn’t enough! This year, they want to gather lots of turkeys to be spared. The night before the holiday, the turkeys are in a big flock on the National Mall. The next morning, they’re gone! Who would steal 117 Thanksgiving turkeys? KC and Marshall have to ruffle some feathers to find out!
Young Adult Books (YA)
These books focus on the importance of family…especially at this time of year.
- “The Gathering Storm” by Robin Bridges
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.
- “Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis
It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.
- “My Family for the War” by Anne Voorhoeve
At the start of World War II, 10-year-old Franziska Mangold is torn from her family when she boards the kindertransport in Berlin, the train that secretly took nearly 10,000 children out of Nazi territory to safety in England. Against the backdrop of war-torn London, Frances struggles with questions of identity, family and love, and these experiences shape her into a dauntless, charming young woman.
DID YOU KNOW? …
We’re making Teen Cookie Houses on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. Teens (sixth grade and up) can make and decorate a cookie house with graham crackers and candy. Space is limited. Please visit the library or call 919-557-2788 to make your reservation. All supplies are provided.