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Books for Giving Thanks

Expose your early readers to the many ways they can express gratitude with these sure-to-please titles.
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'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
by Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dav Pilkey

The incomparable Pilkey adapts the classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm.

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Thanksgiving for Emily Ann
by Teresa Johnston Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Celebrate Thanksgiving in this sweet, rhyming story all about family and togetherness!

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The Littlest Pilgrim
by Brandi Dougherty Illustrated by Kirsten Richards
Mini is the littlest Pilgrim in her village. She's too little to sew and to bake, but she's not too little to make a friend. This lively Thanksgiving story celebrates the gift of friendship. Full color.
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Give Thanks for Each Day
by Steve Metzger Illustrated by Robert McPhillips
A cuddle-up-together paperback to be thankful for!
In concrete, simple, yet touching ways, Steve Metzger shows young children all the things they can be thankful for...A hug! A parade! A bath! A new toy!
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Giving Thanks
by Chief Jake Swamp Illustrated by Erwin Printup

Based on the Thanksgiving Address of the Iroquois people, the words in this read-aloud book reflect the Native American tradition of greeting the world each morning by giving thanks to all living things.

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Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast
Series: Giving Thanks
by Kate Waters Illustrated by Russ Kendall
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Cover image for CLIFFORD'S PUPPY DAYS: GIVING THANKS (Reader #4)
by Sarah Fisch

What child wouldn't like to have a pet as special as Clifford, the Small Red Puppy? Warm, red, lovable and tiny, Clifford is every little child's idea of what a puppy should be.

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Thanks for Thanksgiving
by Julie Markes Illustrated by Doris Barrette

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks; the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!

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Thank You, Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish Illustrated by Barbara Siebel Thomas

Great-Aunt Myra is coming to visit, and Amelia Bedelia, the ever literal-minded housekeeper, is eager to please. But she creates frantic, funny situations when she's told to strip the sheets, pare the vegetables, separate the eggs, and make a jelly roll!

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Clifford: Thank You, Clifford
by Sonali Fry Illustrated by John Kurtz
Who can resist Clifford in this oversized, shaped board book? Emily Elizabeth tells us about the big ways in which Clifford has helped his fellow Birdwell Islanders!

Clifford is always ready to help his friends on Birdwell Island . . . sometimes in rather unusual ways!
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Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks
by Margaret Sutherland Illustrated by Sonja Lamut

Different children express what they are thankful for in this story filled with illustrations of multi-cultural families.

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My Big Book of Thank Yous
by Claire Page Illustrated by Siobhan Harrison

This delightful book lets children count their blessings. Everything from food to family to being able to swim to the stars in the sky is a blessing and can be counted. The last spread is a wipe off page on which children can record the things that they are grateful for themselves. Full color. Consumable.

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by John Bucchino Illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen
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Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey
by Joy Cowley Illustrated by Joe Cepeda

In this warm holiday story, a young Puerto Rican boy saves the life of his pet turkey with help from his close-knit New York City family and neighborhood. Beginning Spanish vocabulary is woven into the text.

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