Can you believe Thanksgiving is around the corner? For as long as I can remember, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been part of my holiday tradition—on television and now, in books! Here’s a few of my picture book favorites:
- Parade, by Tom Shachtman — It’s a bit dated (1985), but this non-fiction picture book has awesome historic photographs of all the planning that goes into the Macy’s parade. From the clowns to the floats and the marching bands to the volunteers, the book puts into perspective the depth of the planning and how the parade has evolved into one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season.
- Balloons Over Broadway, by Melissa Sweet — What was the name of the person who invented the helium balloons used in the Macy’s Parade? Tony Sarg created marionettes and was hired by Macy’s in the 1920s to design a “puppet parade” for their store window. His creativity led to the creation of huge marionettes for the Macy’s parade, evolving into the helium balloons that have become the parade’s trademark. Interesting facts—Sarg worked with Disney on the creation of some of his balloons, and created the marionettes for the Lonely Goatherd number in the Sound of Music.
- Milly and the Macy’s Parade, by Shana Corey — In true picture book style, this beautifully illustrated title shares the story behind the first Macy’s parade and the girl who inspired it. It is 1924 and Milly convinces Mr. Macy to start a holiday event that combines old-world traditions and new-world American traditions to create a unique holiday celebration.