Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Your children will most likely have some extra time off from school, and you will need some extra books to keep them reading and learning. These books are exactly what you need to pass the extra time as you celebrate Thanksgiving together.
Favorite Nonfiction Thanksgiving Books
- The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern – This simple book teaches children about the difficult times leading up to the first Thanksgiving.
- Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast by Kate Waters – While this book gives details from the first Thanksgiving, the best part are the full color pictures from a Thanksgiving reenactment at the Plimoth Plantation.
- Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osbourne – This nonfiction fact tracker answers questions that Jack and Annie had after coming back from the first Thanksgiving.
Favorite Fiction Thanksgiving Books
- ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey – In this fun spoof on a Christmas classic, students on a field trip to a turkey farm befriend the turkeys. Mayhem and excitement ensue when they realize the turkeys will be killed for Thanksgiving, and the children attempt to rescue them.
- I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson – Children will love watching the old lady in the story grow larger and larger as she systematically swallows different items from a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
- Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler – As two brother turkeys growing up on a farm, Turk and Runt couldn’t be more different. Turk is big and strong while Runt is small and weak. Runt is sure that his big brother is in for trouble when Thanksgiving comes around. Can Runt save his brother from his terrible fate?
- Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osbourne – Jack and Annie ride the Magic Tree House back in time to experience the first Thanksgiving and meet the Pilgrims and Indians who were there.
So stop by your local library and pick up some of these interesting Thanksgiving books. You will enjoy reading them with your child, and the books may give your child something interesting to do on Thanksgiving morning while everyone else is busy. What other Thanksgiving books do you enjoy reading with your children?