Thanksgiving Books for Kids of All Ages
November 17, 2012Posted by pamela |
There are ton of terrific books out there dealing with all aspects of the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether it's about being thankful, turkeys, Pilgrims, Native Americans, or just gathering as a family, there's a book out there to help you and your children celebrate and learn more about this uniquely American holiday.
Here are some of our picks for great kids' books about Thanksgiving. The book links below take you to Amazon.com; search for them in the online children's catalog of the Marin County Free Library here.
- The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Nancy Davis) This cute and colorful lift-the-flap book is a great introduction to the story behind Thanksgiving for little ones.
- Five Silly Turkeys (Salina Yoon) This funny Thanksgiving-themed counting book features turkeys doing various silly things. Durable board book features shiny crinkly turkey "tail feathers" for added tactility.
- The Best Thanksgiving Ever! (Teddy Slater and Ethan Long) A sweet story about the importance of family, being thankful, and love—as told by a family of turkeys, with a hilarious surprise at the end!
- The Night Before Thanksgiving (Natasha Wing and Tammy Lyon) This takeoff on Clement Moore's famous poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas playfully follows a family's preparation for the next day's big feast.
- The Story of the Pilgrims (Katharine Ross and Carolyn Croll) A nice simplified treatment of the history behind the Pilgrims and the origins of Thanksgiving, ideal for younger children.
Second Grade and Up
- 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (Catherine O'Neill Grace) Illustrated with photographs of a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving at the Plimoth Plantation living-history museum, this book examines the facts behind the first Thanksgiving feast and helps separate myths about the holiday from historical fact.
- Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving (Joseph Bruchac and Greg Shed) This beautifully illustrated, historically accurate account of the story of Squanto, the Patuxet Indian who befriended the Pilgrims and helped them survive the harsh New England winter, depicts the first Thanksgiving from a Native American point of view.