Read 800+ Thanksgiving Books Free at the Internet Archive

On Thanksgiving Day, Americans make the (sometimes strenuous) effort to gather for an enormous traditional meal, and for many, watching televised football has become just as traditional. But even when stretched to its fullest extent, these activities only take many hours. What do you do with the rest of the day? You might consider heading to the Internet Archive and filling it up with some holiday-appropriate reading. Last year, the librarian of that site, Brewster Kahle chirp Suggest “Check out 700 Thanksgiving books! (from delightful to dated to a little weird)” in their online collection, a collection that has since risen to over 800 numbered volumes.

There, especially if you sort by popularity, you’ll find a wealth of Thanksgiving-themed children’s books, from Wendi Silvano’s Turkey problem and Mark Ferring Escape from the great Thanksgiving for Charles Schulz Thanksgiving Charlie Brown And Norman Bridwell Thanksgiving visit to Clifford (whose big red dog appears at this very moment in his main motion picture.)

But there are also choices for older readers. Take, for example, Laurie Collier Hellstrom The Thanksgiving Book: A Holiday Companion Covering Its History, Traditions, Traditions, Food, and Symbols, Including Primary Sources, Poems, Prayers, Songs, Hymns, and Recipes: Supplemented by Chronology and Bibliography with Websites and Index – The length of his title contradicts his publication not in the nineteenth century, but in 2008.

Or maybe you’d prefer to accompany your Thanksgiving feast digestion with a holiday-friendly act of fantasy. In this case your choices include Thanks night Written by the literary examiner of modern family life Richard Bausch; Denial of thanks in death by J.D. Robb (alternate character for romance novelist Nora Roberts); And even Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor”, which was collected in one volume with his stories “A Christmas Memory” and “One Christmas”. This latest book will give you a head start on the rest of the upcoming holiday season, wherever you are in the world. And if it happens in Canada, you can give your kids a head start on next year’s Canadian Thanksgiving while you’re at it. Enter the group here.

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts about cities and culture. His projects include books The Stateless City: A Walk Through the Twenty-First Century in Los Angeles and video series The city in the cinema. Follow him on Twitter at Tweet embed or on Facebook.

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