Plano Reads: Turkeys

Gobble, gobble! Whether it’s at the farm or at the table, this book list has all kinds of turkey titles sure to please.

Whether you’re looking for a story to learn more about turkeys or just trying to pass the time until your feast is ready, we have plenty of choices in this list.

This Saturday on our “Saturday Stories on the Farmstead” we are at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas to have a storytime about counting! Be sure to check our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on November 21 for the premiere. Check out our teaser below!

Whether you’re looking for a story to share or to learn something new, this list has you covered. You can see the books below and place them on hold in our catalog.

Board Books

Note: Board books are unavailable for holds requests. To check out these titles, you’ll need to come to a library and grab it from the display. The catalog link will show you where the book is available.

This Little Turkey by Aly Fronis Request
These little turkeys have a lot of work to do to prepare for Thanksgiving! One goes to the market, one sweeps the floor, one draws pictures, one knits a sweater, and sets the table. Now they’re all ready to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Picture Books

I’m a Turkey! by Jim Arnosky Request
In spoken-word song with rhyming text, a turkey describes his life in a large flock, always looking out for other creatures that might find him tasty.

Ten Hungry Turkeys by Tilda Balsley Request
Mr. and Mrs. Chris P. Byrd are planning a big lunch on Thursday, and they invite ten turkeys to come early. However, one by one the turkeys drop out, as they wonder what this is really about.

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman Request
The townspeople of Squawk Valley try to trick a turkey into being their Thanksgiving dinner, but are frustrated when the turkey tricks them instead.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting Request
Mr. and Mrs. Moose try to invite a turkey to their Thanksgiving feast.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey by Lucille Colandro Request
You won’t believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty!

Gobble Gobble by Cathryn Falwell Request
A child observes wild turkeys through the seasons. Includes facts about this classic American bird.

The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah Request
With five Thanksgiving dinners to eat, there’s going to be one very stuffed turkey!

Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr Request
The day before Thanksgiving, Turkey tries to disguise himself as other animals in order to avoid being caught by the farmer.

Olivia Talks Turkey adapted by Farrah McDoogle Request
Olivia perfects her turkey call and ends up with a turkey who wants to be her pet! Olivia can’t keep the turkey, but luckily she knows someone else who is an expert turkey talker!

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey Request
School children on a field trip to Mack Nugget’s farm save the lives of eight turkeys in this poem based on “The Night Before Christmas.”

Turkey Tot by George Shannon Request
When Turkey Tot and his friends spot some fat, juicy blackberries hanging high above their heads, Turkey Tot tries hard to figure out a way to reach them.

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano Request
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Turkey nervously makes a series of costumes, disguising himself as other farm animals in hopes that he can avoid being served as Thanksgiving dinner.

Gobble Gobble Crash!: A Barnyard Counting Bash by Julie Stiegemeyer Request
A flock of clumsy turkeys disrupts a quiet night on the farm, but when the farmer threatens them, all the barnyard animals help the noisy birds hide.

Early Reader

Turkey Day by Grace Maccarone Request
Families of turkeys come from near and far to sit down and share a Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey by Herman Parish Request
When Amelia Bedelia volunteers to fill in as director of a third-grade Thanksgiving play, she misunderstands everything from one girl’s desire to play a big role to an opening night wish that she “break a leg,” but all is well in the end.

Nate the Great Talks Turkey by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat Request
Nate the Great and his cousin Olivia are on the case of a runaway turkey in which the clues appear to contradict each other.

Turkeys Together by Carol Wallace Request
A pointer dog puppy helps a mother turkey figure out how to protect her eggs from being stolen.

Junior Fiction

The Christmas Turkey Disaster by John R. Erickson Request
Hank is in real trouble this time. Loper and Sally May’s relatives are coming for Christmas dinner, and Sally has been working to get the entire ranch in order…

The Wishbone Wish by Megan McDonald Request
The town’s annual Turkey Trot race and festival is coming up, and Judy and Stink are training to win. Judy has decided that she is going to take home the big prize: a fat, juicy turkey. They can taste it already: the moist turkey, the hot gravy, the savory stuffing, the cranberry sauce! But what if they don’t win a mouthwatering bird? What then? Flying turkey gizzards! Will the Moody family end up starving on T-day, like ye pilgrims of olde, or will Grandma Lou cook up a tasty Franksgiving solution?

Zack and the Turkey Attack by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Request
While helping on his grandparents’ farm, Zach, his best friend Matthew, and neighbor Josie outsmart a tormenting turkey and, in the process, solve a mystery of missing jewelry.

Turkey Trouble on the National Mall by Ron Roy Request
KC and Marshall convince the President of the United States to pardon more than one turkey for Thanksgiving, but all 117 of them are stolen off the National Mall.

Junior Nonfiction

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson Request
Over the river Mama, Papa, and Baby Turkey embark for their vegetarian Thanksgiving feast. But when a hungry boy and his dog start sniffing around, the turkeys have got to think fast before they become the main course! Acclaimed artist Derek Anderson’s glorious autumn artwork adds heaps of holiday humor to Lydia Maria Child’s classic Thanksgiving song.

Turkeys by Rachael Bell Request
Introduces this familiar farm animal by describing its physical appearance, manner of reproduction, eating and roosting habits, ways of staying healthy, required care, and uses.

When I Was a Turkey by Joe Hutto Request
Recounts the author’s efforts to raise sixteen wild turkey chicks in their natural environment while teaching them to forage and survive.

Turkeys on the Farm by Mari C. Schuh Request
Simple text and photographs describe turkeys and their life on the farm.

Turkeys on the Family Farm by Chana Stiefel Request
An introduction to an animal’s life on a farm for early readers. Find out what a turkey eats, where it lives, and what they are like on a farm.


Be sure to browse the library catalog online here, and use your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) to place a hold request.

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