An Authors’ Recipe for Thanksgiving

A pair of reading glasses
Your favorite pen
Notebook of your choosing
Dash of time
Pinch of inspiration

Combine the dash of time with a pinch of inspiration and jot down a picture book idea using your favorite pen in a notebook of your choosing. Be sure to wear your glasses so you can read what you wrote later.

A. Potoma

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there are plenty of literary offerings for the day. Here are a few of my favorites!

Set the Table

There’s nothing like a beautiful table setting. Forks and knives lined up like soldiers, the butter saucer and goblet sentinels by the top of the plate. These books are perfect inspiration for setting a table.

The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton

A fun take on the “Hey diddle diddle” rhyme, this punny picture book is about setting the table and making chores fun.

Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds

A new picture book by Peter H. Reynolds, Our Table explores the importance of sitting down to dinner with family.

Give Thanks

With the world being topsy turvy and one day busier than the next, it’s easy to overlook the little things. There are so many things to be thankful for if we take the time to notice.

Those Shoes By Maribeth Boelts, Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

This realistic story speaks to the heart. A little boy who wants cool shoes realizes what he truly needs and to appreciate the things he does have.

Thanksgiving Poem by Marianne Knowles

A throwback from one of our very own Writers’ Rumpus founders.

Present the Turkey

Cold Turkey by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call

This new hilarious picture book finds a turkey in his birthday suit! Can his friends warm him up? Perfect read aloud for Thanksgiving.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

This sweet picture book explores how food, specifically fry bread, can bring families together.

Don’t Forget the Cranberry Sauce

It’s an annual tradition in my family to make the cranberry sauce and jar it for friends and family. Here is a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce to sweeten the day! Enjoy!

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1 12- oz bag cranberries

Combine the sugar, orange juice, 1/2 cup water, the cinnamon, salt and cranberries in a medium saucepan. Bring up to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

Bobby Deen

Feel free to add any of your favorite Thanksgiving titles to the Writers’ Rumpus!


  1. Thanks Alison. I feel fully prepared to start the holiday. Maybe I’ll even carve out some time to put on my glasses and pick up a pen. Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. A perfect post to get us in the proper spirit for the upcoming holiday. Thanks for the family recipe and the books that are just right for reading this upcoming week. Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. Alison, this is such a lovely Thanksgiving post! All the books you listed are exceptional. And I can’t believe I never read Marianne’s heartwarming poem before. Happy Thanksgiving to your lovely family and thank you for the delicious looking (and no doubt tasting) cranberry sauce recipe!


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