thanksgiving themed books to read with your preschooler

November 2, 2009

Some of you asked for some books to go with the upcoming holiday season, so we looked for Thanksgiving ones this week. We found a few good ones:

Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nicola-Lisa, Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

This was our favorite find. A little boy is making hand print turkeys while his puppy watches. He explains how to make the turkey, "First I dip my hand in paint. Then I spread my fingers apart and press my hand onto a big piece of paper." etc. VERY fascinating to a painting-obsessed two-year old who has never yet made a hand print turkey.

The boy makes a bunch of turkeys, decorates them with glitter and feathers, and then makes a pen for them out of Popsicle sticks. Foxy the fox comes sneaking up and the artist makes rocks to keep the fox out of the pen. At one point, I looked at Juliet and she seemed sort of scared--a look of horror was on her face as she watched the fox creeping up on the turkeys, but the fox is foiled in the end and the turkeys live another day.

As you have probably already guessed, we made our own hand print turkeys after reading this book (I'll share those later this week.), but we did NOT make Foxy the Fox because Juliet said he was not allowed.
Thanksgiving with Me by Margaret Willey, Illustrated by Lloyd Bloom

This is not your usual Thanksgiving book, but I really liked it. It's the story of a little girl and her mother who are looking forward to Thanksgiving because that's when the five uncles are coming to visit. The story is told in rhyme, so it is easy for kids to follow along and enjoy the story.

The mother tells her daughter about growing up with her five brothers and the Thanksgivings they shared. The little girl asks her mother, "I miss them, Mother. Do you miss them, too? Do you miss those brothers who lived with you?" And then the five brothers drive up in a wagon pulled by two horses.
Over the River and Through the Woods by John Steven Gurney

This is one we own--I just found it at Goodwill the other day. My dad used to sing this song to me as a child and I picked it up because I thought it was a Christmas book. But when we got home, I read it to Juliet and discovered it was actually a Thanksgiving book. (I think my dad only sang the first part to us, since I have no recollection of the Thanksgiving part.) I'm glad I didn't put this away until December. I sang this book to Juliet and she was completely in love with it after just one singing. She sits very still and listen completely enthralled through the entire thing (and trust me, it's not because of my voice.)

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey, Illustrated by Susan Swan

This is not a specifically Thanksgiving-themed book, but it does celebrate the season and one of the final pages shows a handprint turkey drawing with the words, "Happy Thanksgiving" written underneath taped to a front door. And since we have been on a handprint turkey-making spree, it went well with what we were doing this week. I like that this book describes all the characteristics of fall like leaves changing, temperatures cooling, seasonal foods/crops, activities, sounds, weather changes, and the days getting shorter. The last page simply says, "We call it fall." It's simple, but that's why I like it.

Juliet said to me as we were walking around the neighborhood today, "Look at the leaves falling, mama! It MUST be fall." I think this book had a lot to do with her recognizing and understanding the concept of fall.

Anyone have any Thanksgiving favorites? I'd love to hear what they are!


Ana said...

That Thanks with me book looks really nice!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I just put Setting the Turkeys Free on hold at my library - it sounds perfect for my 3 year old! Thank you!

Mama Jenn said...

Ha ha! I JUST did the same as Nicole!!!! I think my kiddos will enjoy this book! Can't wait to check it out!!!

whisperingwhispers said...

Some great sounding books. We are going to the Library tomorrow, so I will be checking to see if they have any of them. Thanks so much for sharing!

oh amanda said...

I just picked up Over The River, too! I got it at the library and am tempted to keep it forever and just pretend I lost it...b/c it is SO CUTE. It's out of print and I couldn't find it online! I didn't know it was a Thanksgiving book either. How funny.

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