thanksgiving book list for kids

November 4, 2011

I think I'm getting the hang of beating-everyone-to-the-holiday-book-punch thing at the library. Basically, I reserve the books I want a month in advance. Otherwise, they all get checked out.

So, we've been reading Thanksgiving books this past week, just so I could give you some of our favorite picks.

(You can click on all the images to see more information via Amazon.) 

Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell
If you are looking for a recap of the original Thanksgiving Day--this is your book. I love the illustrations--especially the turkey feathers.

The Can-Do Thanksgiving by Marion Hess Pomeranc
I prefer more modern takes on Thanksgiving and books like this one. It's the story of a little girl and her class that donate food to a soup kitchen and then go help prepare and serve the Thanksgiving meal. It shows how kids can be generous and serve others by helping out.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
This one is silly and fun. Mrs. Moose wants a turkey for thanksgiving, so Mr. Moose sets off to find her one. Poor Mr. Turkey is hiding, but gets brought to the table against his the end you find out they just wanted him as a guest--not as a meal.

The Firefighter's Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts
The firefighters are trying to prepare a thanksgiving meal, but keep getting interrupted by fires. At the end of the day, one of them gets injured and everyone goes to the hospital to see if he is okay. The families whose homes they saved earlier show up to bring the heros a proper Thanksgiving meal. I have to admit. I teared up at the end of this one. Good stuff.

Turkey Pox by Laurie Halse Anderson
A little girl gets the chicken pox on the drive to grandma's house, so they turn around and go home. Grandma ends up riding to her house on a snowplow (there is a blizzard outside). She has covered the turkey with cherries (turkey pox) to cheer her granddaughter up. Juliet was fascinated by this one---I think it's because of the spots. Ben and I had fun telling her our chicken pox war stories from our childhoods. 

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
I written about this one before, but we own it and we love it. It's out of print, but your library may have a copy. 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving reads?

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