Picture Books to Read in November

November is a special time of year, filled with bountiful harvests, changing seasons, family togetherness, and lots to be thankful for. Today I’ve curated a list of 10 picture books that are perfect for reading aloud during the month of November.

Looking for more picture books to read in November? Check out my collection of Thanksgiving book lists!

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

As leaves fall from the trees and animals huddle against the growing cold, a brother and sister take a walk through their town and observe the many ways that people, animals, and plants prepare for the coming winter. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations have pops of bright autumn colors, but move to a more muted, white-gray color palette as winter arrives.

Balloons Over Broadway

This biographical picture book delves into the fascinating history behind the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who created the parade’s iconic larger-than-life puppets. This incredible true story is entertaining, illuminating, and inspiring. As a huge fan of the parade myself, I enjoyed learning more about its history. Author/illustrator Melissa Sweet deftly layers mixed-media elements to create the stunning illustrations.


It’s a blustery autumn day, and a boy and his granddad decide that the windy weather is perfect for flying a kite. After a long search, they find the kite and head out to play, returning inside before the worst of the storm hits. Told from the perspective of the same little boy featured in Sam Usher’s books Rain and Snow, this charming and beautifully illustrated book deserves a spot on your shelf this autumn.

Thanksgiving in the Woods

A young boy shares the preparation for his family’s annual Thanksgiving in the Woods celebration on his grandparents’ farm. This charming picture book is based on the true story of a family in Upstate New York who has hosted an outdoor Thanksgiving feast in the woods on their farm for over twenty years. The beautiful, cozy illustrations are full of thoughtful details.

In the Middle of Fall

In this delightfully sweet book, simple text introduces some of the key aspects of fall days, including gray skies, orange pumpkins, frisky squirrels, and big gusts of wind. The lush, painterly illustrations are bursting with autumn colors. Then, as autumn turns to winter, the color palette shifts to shades of blue and snowy white.

In November

In November, the air grows cold, animals prepare for winter, and families gather to share food and give thanks for their many blessings. Rich, painterly illustrations and lyrical language capture all of the beauty of this special time of year.

Over the River and Through the Wood

A brother and sister board a horse-drawn sleigh and make the snowy journey to spend Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house. The classic poem, originally published in 1844, has delighted children and adults for generations. This cheerful reimagining, published in 2018, features bright and colorful illustrations by Emma Randall.


Two children look at people around them and imagine the things they are grateful for. “The waitress is thankful for comfortable shoes. The local reporter, for interesting news.” Told entirely in rhyming verse, Thankfulcelebrates the everyday blessings that we sometimes take for granted. This book is a simple reminder that everyone has something to be thankful for.

Time for Cranberries

Young Sam excitedly joins his parents to help harvest the family’s cranberry marsh. This book is both entertaining and informative and gives readers a fascinating glimpse of family farming life. The book includes an author’s note, glossary, and two cranberry recipes for your Thanksgiving table.


It’s the fourth Thursday of November, and a cadre of friendly monsters are cooking up a Thanksgiving feast. But when Vlad’s family arrives unexpectedly, they put their own spin on each of the dishes. Vlad loves his family, but they’ve made a mess of their meal! Can this monster-filled family come together to save their feast and celebrate what Thanksgiving is truly about? This funny book is a follow-up to Fright Club, but the story stands on its own.

What picture books are you reading this November?



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