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Thanksgiving Books: Turkeys, Traditions, and Togetherness

By Allie Magnuson on November 26, 2010
  • Grades: PreK–K

 Here are some books I recommend for Thanksgiving read-alouds. Take note for next year!




Thanksgiving Books  

Title: Thanksgiving

Author: Trudi Strain Trueit

- Diverse peoples, societies, and cultures address needs and concerns in ways that are both similar and different
- Language, folktales, music, and art serve as expressions of culture
— Cultural unity and diversity can be identified within and across groups
 - Accounts of past events, people, places, and situations contribute to our understanding of the past
Global Connections: IX
- Explore ways in which language, the arts, beliefs, etc. facilitate global understanding or lead to misunderstanding

Thanksgiving Books   

Title: Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast

Author: Kate Waters

Filled with color photographs, this unique interpretation of the first Thanksgiving tells the story through two points of view — a Pilgrim boy and a Wampanoag Indian boy. From the award-winning creators of Sarah Morton's Day.

Thanksgiving Books 
Title: Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation

Author: Diane Stanley 

Once again, historian Diane Stanley's fun and impeccably researched text is brought to life by Holly Berry's accessible illustrations. Word balloons, engaging characters, and all sorts of wonderful details about the beginning of this American tradition await the lucky adventurer who journeys back with the Time-Traveling Twins.

Thanksgiving Books 

Title: A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Author: Eve Bunting

Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.

Thanksgiving Books  

Title: Turkey Trouble 

Author: Wendi Silvano

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Turkey nervously makes a series of costumes, disguising himself as other farm animals in hopes that he can avoid being served as Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Books  

Title: A Thanksgiving Wish

Author: Michael J. Rosen

Amanda always went to her grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. After her grandmother dies, her family tries to keep up the same traditions.

Thanksgiving Books 

Title: Thanksgiving Day at Our House: Thanksgiving Poems for the Very Young

Author: Nancy White Carlstrom 

This collection of 15 lively poems focuses on one family's Thanksgiving preparations and traditions, starting with the school pageant the day before. Full color.

Thanksgiving Books 

Title: Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner

Author: Lillian Hoban

There's a big surprise in store for silly Tilly in this hilarious story with cheery full-color pictures by Lillian Hoban." Silly Tilly Mole sends out recipe cards instead of invitations for Thanksgiving dinner. Even though she forgets to cook and falls asleep, the party is saved when her animal guests arrive with their favorite dishes.

Thanksgiving Books  

Title: What Is Thanksgiving?

Author: Harriet Ziefert

In this charming book, a trip to a farm stand gives Little Mouse's parents the perfect opportunity to explain the basic history and traditions of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Thanksgiving Books 

Title: "Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner?" No, Thanks!  

Author: Alma Flor Ada

After hearing voices talking about eating him, a turkey wonders how he will survive the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving in the White House 

Title: Thanksgiving in the White House 

Author: Gary Hines 

President Abraham Lincoln's youngest son, Tad, is very fond of Jack the turkey. He has tamed him and taught him tricks, and the bird follows him all around the White House yard. But Jack was meant to be the main dish of the first official Thanksgiving celebration.

Tad doesn't want his pet to be eaten for dinner, not even for a day as special as Thanksgiving! Can he convince his father to save Jack's life?

Thanksgiving Books  

Title: Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit

Author: Norman Bridwell

The Big Red Dog delights little readers with a brand new holiday adventure in which Clifford and Emily Elizabeth discover how much they have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.



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