The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz:
Before you write off The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz as a Halloween book, take time to talk to your toddler about what pumpkins look like. Are they square? Round? Do they really look like a left-over apple core? Inspired by the story the Ugly Duckling, this tale about a funny-looking pumpkin who is teased by his pumpkin peers always gives rise to sad, empathetic faces when I have read it to toddlers at Boyer over the years. But alas, just when the Ugly Pumpkin is ready to give up on his dream of ever being a little child’s jack-o-lantern, he makes a surprising discovery that will make everyone laugh on Thanksgiving when he says, “Oh my gosh, I’m a ________!” You fill in the blank.
One Love by Cedella Marley:
This year's Thanksgiving may look a bit different from ones your family has experienced in the past, so it's a great opportunity to talk to your toddler about gratitude in a fresh and unexpected way. This board book version of the classic Bob Marley song is a fun reminder that there are universal experiences we all share, and that's something to be thankful for.