As you are busy putting away your Halloween decorations and costumes try not to have those pesky sugar plums dancing in that head of yours just yet! There’s another major holiday right around the corner. Yes, Thanksgiving deserves its day to shine too!
Here are my Top 5 Thanksgiving Books for Kids to get you in the spirit. I have given a brief description of each book along with a suggested activity. I tried to keep each activity very open for you to make your own. Happy reading!
An absurdly funny story that follows the classic story we all know and love. This story is a tale about 8 students on a field trip to a turkey farm that learn the fate of the turkeys. It is not for the weak of heart but is silly and outlandish. The illustrations are vivid and truly help tell the story!
Recommended ages: Grade K-3
Extension: Together create an escape route for a turkey. How would you have disguised one of the turkeys to escape the farm? Have your child draw and/or write about it. Remember this should be a fun! Let your child be creative and share with your guests and family on Thanksgiving! Hey, they could join the fun and share their ideas too.
If you have a 1st-3rd grader and you haven’t heard of the Magic Tree House Series let me introduce you! The series is about a brother and sister team that travel to faraway places and learn about pyramids, rain forests, dinosaurs… This series rocks to peak the interest of both boys and girls alike! In this particular story Jack and Annie have a chance to meet the pilgrims and Native Americans. The duo gets to learn what life was like then and they even help with preparing the first Thanksgiving. Prepare for an adventure!
Recommended ages: Grade 1-3
Extension: Check out The First Thanksgiving on Scholastic for an amazing look at the Mayflower and watch a slideshow about daily life, chores and games.
Did you know Thanksgiving almost faded as a holiday? Thanks to Sarah Hale’s determination and persuasive letter writing she saved the day! Read this amazing book, I promise you that even you will learn a thing or two.
Recommended ages: Grades 1-4
Extension: Together write a letter to someone that they are excited to see this Thanksgiving. Have your child write about anything! This should be a fun letter.
This story is much like Twas’ the Night Before Thanksgiving but is much gentler in delivery. It’s a very cute book about a boy that befriends a turkey and is on a mission to keep him from being dinner.
Recommended ages: Grades PK-3 A great option for those early and young readers
Extension: Print this turkey coloring page. Have your child color and disguise Gracias from his fate.
This sweet board book is about the wonderful things Biscuit is thankful for in his little Doggy world including friendship.
Recommended ages: birth-4
Extension: Discuss what you and your child are thankful for in your lives. Help your little one think less about material things: TV, toys but more meaningful ideas. Such as: Daddy’s hugs, Mommy reading with me, sharing with my friends…
I’d love to hear from you if you give these books or suggestions a try!
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