My #1Top pick
Thank you, Sarah The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Officially my favorite Thanksgiving story ever! Follow the ‘heroic’ efforts of Sarah Hale, a lady ahead of her time, who was incredibly determined. Packed full of impressive multi-cultural ink & watercolor illustrations you will find more and more things to appreciate (and giggle over) at every read. When Sarah saw Thanksgiving shrinking into obscurity, she inspired many women in America to pick up their pens and petition for official recognition of this important national holiday. In conjunction with these women, it also took her own numerous articles, thousands of letters and 38 years to finally persuade someone to act. During the Civil War, Sarah appealed to President Lincoln with the idea that Thanksgiving could bring our nation together. Finally, in 1863, Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. My favorite line? “Never underestimate dainty little ladies.” You better bet I’m thankful for Sarah this thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne
Book #27 in the Magic Tree House series will transport you to the first Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth. Full of fun facts about Pilgrim life, children will enjoy learning about herbs, roots, and period dialogue. One note- the illustrator does not know what corn seeds look like unless they’re on the cob, so don’t believe everything you see!
Miguel gets a present from his Papa who drives a shiny red-and-silver truck all over the country. When Miguel’s grandfather questions: “Where can we put a turkey? A New York City apartment is not a farm.” Miguel’s abuela lets him keep it in the bathroom. A fun adventure of caring for a turkey in the city will keep you on your toes. Will Papa be home in time for Turkey Dinner? Read the book and see
Designed for the younger kiddos you are grateful for (ages 3-6) comes a fun book full of rhymesand crisp illustrations. My favorite stanza: “Does Grandpa’s grace go on and on? Bless! Bless! Bless! And what do all the cousins do? Mess! Mess! Mess!”
A great biography of Squanto, the Patuxet hero of the Pilgrims. Squanto traveled to England, returned to the ‘new world’, was kidnapped and taken to be sold as a slave in Spain, rescued and returned to England. When he finally found his way home he learns that he is the only survivor of his tribe. Follow his journey and find out why he chose to help the Pilgrims in their new world.
Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill
Your child’s first Thanksgiving board book. Simple. Concise. Great for toddlers. We love Spot at our house!
Merry Thanksgiving By Natasha Wing, illustrated by Isidre Mones
Santa makes an unexpected visit to rescue a family’s Thanksgiving holiday. Very cute, fun to read with the kids who will laugh merrily at Santa’s “Ho, ho, ho! Merry Thanksgiving!”
Turk and Runt A Thanksgiving Comedy By Lisa Wheeler, pictures by Frank Ansley
Growing up on Wishbone Farm has gone to Turk’s head. Luckily, his little brother Runt convinces him what is in store for a plump, strong turkey who wants the limelight all to himself. When disaster comes to Wishbone Farm, Turk comes to his senses to save the day, followed by Runt’s genius idea to avoid the next holiday rush. A very cute, fun story to add to your Turkey day collection.
I hope you enjoy giving Thanks this holiday. I have many things to be grateful for. My loving husband and children, my beautiful home, my family and friends- and a wonderful book blogging community! Thank you for making the world a better place by encouraging reading! What’s your favorite Turkey day book?