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Thanksgiving is next week. If you have “visit the library” on your weekend list consider picking up some of these Thanksgiving Books to keep the kids entertained while you prep for the big day.
T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story
by Tanya Lee Stone
A cute alphabet acrostic book for little ones that details an elementary school’s attempt to put on a Thanksgiving play.
The Thankful Book
by Todd Parr
My kids love the brightly colored Todd Parr books and I love that he teaches kids to be thankful for every little blessing in their lives, right down to their shoes and toes!
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
by Alison Jackson.
The Thanksgiving edition of this classic folk song turned storybook. Young children will enjoy this predictable patterned read aloud.
Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation (The Time-Traveling Twins)
by Diane Stanley.
This book is more for school-aged children and is a very informative account of the first Thanksgiving feast told through time travel. I would suggest this for 2nd grade and up because the details will be lost on little ones.
Samuel Eaton’s Day
by Kate Waters
School-age kids will enjoy reading about a pilgrim boy’s daily life back in the 1600s at Plymouth Plantation. I used to read this with my first graders along with Kate Waters’ other books, “Sarah Morton’s Day” and “Tapenum’s Day”, and we would then write about what their lives would be like if they were growing up during the same time period.
I had to abbreviate some of the text for my 1st graders, but they really enjoyed the historical reenactment photography used for illustration. This is a great series for older kids to offer a historical perspective. You can see Kristy’s thoughts on the other two books in Thankful Reads.
One is a Feast for Mouse
by Judy Cox.
This is a cute story about being thankful for the little things, even leftovers that is best for older preschoolers through early elementary age, though the bigger kids might enjoy this cute tale, too.
Five Silly Turkeys
by Salina Yoon
The toddler set will enjoy this cute board book filled with all kinds of silly pictures of turkeys. It’s been a hit at our house!
There are so many other wonderful Thanksgiving stories out there that I didn’t have room to include on this list. Tell Little Lake County what some of your family’s favorites are!
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by Dawn T. (Volo)
Dawn is a former 1st grade and early childhood teacher turned to stay at home mom to 2 boys Dawn and her boys love journeying around Lake County and the Chicago suburbs to check out new places to play, restaurants, farms, gardens, museums, or anything that might be of interest to families with young children.
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