10 Picture Books for Turkey Time at the Thanksgiving Reading Table
Thanksgiving is coming around the corner! But what can you read to the kids this season? Here is a cornucopia of books that will teach about Thanksgiving, help with literacy, reinforce gratitude and even offer some laughs along the way.
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Children's Picture Books for the Thanksgiving Holiday
10 Fat Turkeys By Tony Johnston: This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards. Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun!
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims By B. G. Hennessy: Ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls are getting ready for the harvest feast. In colonial Plymouth, the young Pilgrims hunt ducks and geese and dig up turnips and carrots. In a nearby village, the Wampanoag children dig for clams, fish for cod, and gather nuts and berries. Finally, it's time for the meal. Turkey, cornbread, cranberry stuffing, pumpkin, and Indian pudding are all on the menu -- yum! First, everyone gives thanks, and then it's time to eat and celebrate. The simple, rhythmic text and autumn-colored illustrations are just right for sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children.
Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving By Joseph Bruchac: In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive. When a good harvest was gathered, the people feasted together -- a tradition that continues almost four hundred years later.
Thanksgiving Mice! By Bethany Roberts: Lively verse introduces beginning readers to basic words and rhyming sounds and tells the story of the very first Thanksgiving, when the Pilgrim mice traveled across the sea and settled in America. The simple story-within-a-story format, accompanied by colorful, action-filled illustrations of mice in costume, also serves as a basic introduction to theater.
The Very First Thanksgiving Day By Rhonda Gowler Greene: Join author Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrator Susan Gaber on a journey back to the very first Thanksgiving Day, when two societies came together to feast and honor the earth's bounty in peace.
The Ugly Pumpkin By Dave Horowitz: The Ugly Pumpkin has waited all through October for someone to take him home, but no one wants him. He doesn't look like other pumpkins. So the lonely Ugly Pumpkin leaves the patch in search of a place where he?ll fit in. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, he discovers the truth about who he is but it's not what he expected!