To help us all get in the mood for Thanksgiving, I recently filled our book basket with some of our favorite picture books for this holiday. I don't know of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than time spent snuggled up with your children sharing a good book. It is a surefire way to create some cherished holiday memories for both parent and child. So--to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving, here are some great books on the topic that you can share with your children. Some are historical fiction, others celebrate our modern day version of the holiday, and some of just silly and fun--But they are all great books and worth a read!
I hope that you will take time out to make these stories a traditon in your family too!
The Attached Mama's Thanksgiving Book List:
1) This is the Turkey by Abby Levin, Illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
This is a very cute book and it makes a perfect read aloud for small children. The story begins with Max picking out a turkey at the grocery store. It goes on to celebrate all that thanksgiving has to offer: The food, the family, the preparation, and time spent with family. This book also reminds us that our holidays don't always have to be perfect to be wonderful!
2) The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Green, Paintings by Susan Baber
Written in cumulative rhyme, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the first Thanksgiving. The repetitive text is fantastic for children learning to read as it gives them a chance to help tell the story. What makes this book unique is the way that the story is told. The book starts out showing the very first Thanksgiving feast, and slowly backtracks to tell the story of the Pilgrim's first year in America.
3) Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
This book tells the story of a traditional New England Thanksgiving on a cranberry farm. The book is a great reminder that we can't always judge 'a book by its cover' and that sometimes appearances may deceive. Children will enjoy looking for Grandmother's secret and famous recipe for Cranberry Bread which is hidden in the book. Baking this bread will become a wonderful new tradition for you and your family.
4) It's Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky, Illustrated by Marylin Hafner
We love reading poetry together as a family. And after checking this book out of the library, I just knew that it would someday become a permanent member of our home library. This collection of poetry talks about so many different aspects of this holiday--usually in a very humorous way. This book contains poems about the very first Thanksgiving, a funny poem about "Dad's football game" after the big meal, a poem about the Thanksgiving Day parade (where it is drizzling...isn't it always drizzling during the Thanksgiving Day parade?!), and another very humorous poem about the things we do with all of those turkey leftovers.
5) Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, Illustrated by Doris Barrette
This is a great book for very young children. The pictures are charming and inviting, the text is simple, but the message is a good one.
6) This is the Feast by Diane Z. Shore, Illustrated by Megan Lloyd
This book is written in a lyrical verse which makes it a joy to read aloud to children. The illustration are meticulous and breathtaking. Children will really get a sense of what life on the Mayflower might have been like.
7) The Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock, Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
This was another book that we checked out and knew that we would one day have to buy. My little girl actually cried when it came time to return this to the library! That is how much she loved this book. And I enjoyed reading it as much as my children enjoyed hearing it. The book is a historical fiction which follows a cat who jumps aboard the Mayflower as it is departing England. The cat is befriended by a young girl named Faith. The book is richly illustrated and a pleasure to read. The reader really gets a feel for what life might have been like for a child aboard the mayflower.
This is just a small list of the many fantastic books available on this holiday. My hope is that this list will help get you started on building your own Thanksgiving book basket.
Thanks for reading!
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