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It’s fall y’all! Well, for some of you, it may even look like winter already, but for us in California, it’s finally feeling like fall and I’m a little late in recommending some books that go along with this season and upcoming holiday. So, without further ado….
Thanks for Thanksgiving – (ages 3-7)
This book has big, bright, beautiful illustrations and a simple rhyme that reminds us and our Littles that there are so many simple things to be thankful for. From play dates and cuddles to the turkey and pie, we’re blessed to be able to share them with friends and family.
T is for Turkey – (ages 3-5)
This little book not only follows the letters of the alphabet, but also a class of children as they put on a stage production of the first thanksgiving, explaining letter by letter, the important aspects that make this holiday important to our country’s history.
10 Fat Turkeys – (ages 3-5)
This is another book in rhyme, this time counting down as ten fat turkeys somehow disappear from balancing on a fence. My kiddos have always gotten a kick out of the silly antics these turkeys get themselves into.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt – (ages 4-8)
This is a play on the popular book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” but with the obvious twist. Three kiddos are in search of various colored and different shaped leaves and in doing so, they must climb over, walk around, go across different scenery while on their adventure.
Thankful – (ages 4-8)
This sweet book in rhyme reminds the reader(s) that each person has different things to be thankful for… for example, the artist is thankful for light and color, while a doctor is thankful when patients get well. Everyone has something to be thankful for, no matter what.
Thankful Together – (ages 5-6)
Another story written in rhyme, this one follows a mother and child squirrel as they go about their normal day routine, thanking God for little things we probably take advantage of (the morning sun, clothes, games to play…). It’s a sweet reminder to us all.
Balloons Over Broadway – (ages 4-8)
This is a fun piece of historical non-fiction; it is the true story of the puppeteer of the infamous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! If you’re a fan of watching that spectacle on TV each year, I highly recommend reading about its history.
Over the River and Through the Wood – (ages 3-7)
I just adore the charming illustrations and script of this classic song put to page. (Did anyone else think this was a Christmas song? It wasn’t until I sang the song all the way through that I realized… “for ‘t is Thanksgiving Day!”) It makes me wish I got to travel via horse-drawn sleigh to someone’s house each year for some pumpkin pie, for sure!
The First Thanksgiving, Step-into-Reading #3 – (ages 5-8)
I think this book does a great job of explaining the basics of our first Thanksgiving to emerging readers. The sentences are shorter but there is quite a bit of historical context covered so it should keep them interested.
I hope you’ve found some books to stock your shelves with or check out at the library this month, as a reminder to ourselves and our little ones that we have so much to be thankful for, during this season, and throughout the year. Happy Thanksgiving, Beloved!
“In everything, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)