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November 23, 2015

10 Terrific Turkey Books You Need

By Brian Smith
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Before you head out the classroom door on Thanksgiving break, here are ten books about turkeys that your students need to hear! Sprinkling these in while you study Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, and all the other typical November topics will provide your students with plenty of laughs as you count down to the day of thankfulness. Don't forget to include making a Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Book as part of your lesson plans while reading all these great books.

     

    The Great Turkey Race Cover

     

    The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    This is the first in Metzger’s fantastic turkey trilogy. Ollie, Cassie, and Wing are the three main characters and they will quickly become your class’s favorite turkeys. In this book the turkeys hold five field day events and the winner is the best Thanksgiving turkey. That is until they realize what happens to the Thanksgiving turkey! Kids will laugh and the voices of Ollie, Cassie, and Wing are so distinct that it makes for a great read-aloud.

     

    The Amazing Turkey Rescue Cover

     

    The Amazing Turkey Rescue by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    Ollie, Cassie, and Wing are back and this time they are battling a fox who is terrorizing the chicken house on the farm. Will their heroic deeds result with them ending up on the Thanksgiving table or as the farm heroes? Your students will adore this continuation story and beg for more of these silly turkeys, which would be a great time to bring out the final book in this trilogy.

     

    The Silly Turkey Party

     

    The Silly Turkey Party by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    The three turkeys are at it one last time! Can Ollie, Cassie, and Wing stay quiet so Farmer Joe can begin to feel better? When the Duck sisters show up, along with the other uninvited guest, your students will “quack” up! These turkeys are truly characters that your kids won’t soon forget and you will be so excited to bring these books out year after year!

     

    The Turkey Train Cover

     

    The Turkey Train by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    This is the same team that brought us Ollie, Cassie, and Wing, but this time they paired up and brought us a great rhyming book. This is about a turkey family getting on the Turkey Train to travel for a great snow day full of skiing and sledding. Get on board with this story and your students will thank you for it.

     

     

    Turkey Trouble Cover

    Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper
    This is the first book in another turkey trilogy. This book is the one book that I always read when giving the now classic assignment of giving your students a paper turkey to disguise so that they survive the Thanksgiving holiday. Check out Meghan Everett's blog for details about this fun activity. Turkey disguises himself as all kinds of farm animals and he pulls it off — almost! With great illustrations and crazy main character, this book will surprise your class with Turkey’s final costume.

     

    Turkey Claus Cover

    Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper
    Turkey is back and this time he is trying to avoid being Christmas dinner! How will he do that? With disguises of course. He looks just like a Christmas tree, a candy cane, and Santa — almost! Kids will love seeing a familiar character as you begin your winter holiday unit. All involved will have fun as they try to guess if Turkey will survive an entirely different holiday.

     

    Turkey Trick or Treat

     

    Turkey Trick or Treat by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper
    The third book in the Silvano and Harper trilogy has Turkey dressing up for Halloween candy. What will Turkey disguise himself as to get the barnyard animals some of the delicious candy? When Turkey dresses up he looks just like a ghost, a ballerina, and a pirate — almost! Your students will keep guessing at what Turkey’s final costume will be and they will love the ending.

     

    10 Fat Turkey Cover

    10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Rich Deas
    You won’t have to keep asking for your class’s attention as you read this counting backwards rhyming book. “Looky” at these silly gum-chewing, swan-diving turkeys as one by one they disappear. Students love to call out the answer as you “Gooble, Gooble, Wibble, Wobble” your way through this utterly delightful book.

     

     

     

    Five Flying TurkeysFive Flying Turkeys by Barbara B. McGrath and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
    What does the classic poem, "Five Little Pumpkins" become in the month of November? Five Flying Turkeys, of course. This book is great because your students will know the rhythm of the poem but the turkeys travel to Plymouth Rock and meet the Pilgrims so new information abounds! My favorite of the five turkeys is the one with the glasses. Who knew that turkeys' personalities could be so diverse?

     

    The Very Stuffed Turkey

    The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah and illustrated by Binny Talib
    I will be honest. I picked this book because of the cover. Turkey is adorable. The very pleasant surprise is how sweet this book is on the inside. The illustrations are perfect and I love the message that family is important. I also love the fact that one of the messages is that not every member of your family looks the same. This books reminds you what it is like to “feel like part of the family” and that it is a wonderful feeling.

     

     

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

    Find me, dad2ella, on Pinterest and Twitter.

    I can’t wait to see you next time.

    Before you head out the classroom door on Thanksgiving break, here are ten books about turkeys that your students need to hear! Sprinkling these in while you study Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, and all the other typical November topics will provide your students with plenty of laughs as you count down to the day of thankfulness. Don't forget to include making a Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Book as part of your lesson plans while reading all these great books.

     

    The Great Turkey Race Cover

     

    The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    This is the first in Metzger’s fantastic turkey trilogy. Ollie, Cassie, and Wing are the three main characters and they will quickly become your class’s favorite turkeys. In this book the turkeys hold five field day events and the winner is the best Thanksgiving turkey. That is until they realize what happens to the Thanksgiving turkey! Kids will laugh and the voices of Ollie, Cassie, and Wing are so distinct that it makes for a great read-aloud.

     

    The Amazing Turkey Rescue Cover

     

    The Amazing Turkey Rescue by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    Ollie, Cassie, and Wing are back and this time they are battling a fox who is terrorizing the chicken house on the farm. Will their heroic deeds result with them ending up on the Thanksgiving table or as the farm heroes? Your students will adore this continuation story and beg for more of these silly turkeys, which would be a great time to bring out the final book in this trilogy.

     

    The Silly Turkey Party

     

    The Silly Turkey Party by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    The three turkeys are at it one last time! Can Ollie, Cassie, and Wing stay quiet so Farmer Joe can begin to feel better? When the Duck sisters show up, along with the other uninvited guest, your students will “quack” up! These turkeys are truly characters that your kids won’t soon forget and you will be so excited to bring these books out year after year!

     

    The Turkey Train Cover

     

    The Turkey Train by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Jim Paillot
    This is the same team that brought us Ollie, Cassie, and Wing, but this time they paired up and brought us a great rhyming book. This is about a turkey family getting on the Turkey Train to travel for a great snow day full of skiing and sledding. Get on board with this story and your students will thank you for it.

     

     

    Turkey Trouble Cover

    Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper
    This is the first book in another turkey trilogy. This book is the one book that I always read when giving the now classic assignment of giving your students a paper turkey to disguise so that they survive the Thanksgiving holiday. Check out Meghan Everett's blog for details about this fun activity. Turkey disguises himself as all kinds of farm animals and he pulls it off — almost! With great illustrations and crazy main character, this book will surprise your class with Turkey’s final costume.

     

    Turkey Claus Cover

    Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper
    Turkey is back and this time he is trying to avoid being Christmas dinner! How will he do that? With disguises of course. He looks just like a Christmas tree, a candy cane, and Santa — almost! Kids will love seeing a familiar character as you begin your winter holiday unit. All involved will have fun as they try to guess if Turkey will survive an entirely different holiday.

     

    Turkey Trick or Treat

     

    Turkey Trick or Treat by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper
    The third book in the Silvano and Harper trilogy has Turkey dressing up for Halloween candy. What will Turkey disguise himself as to get the barnyard animals some of the delicious candy? When Turkey dresses up he looks just like a ghost, a ballerina, and a pirate — almost! Your students will keep guessing at what Turkey’s final costume will be and they will love the ending.

     

    10 Fat Turkey Cover

    10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Rich Deas
    You won’t have to keep asking for your class’s attention as you read this counting backwards rhyming book. “Looky” at these silly gum-chewing, swan-diving turkeys as one by one they disappear. Students love to call out the answer as you “Gooble, Gooble, Wibble, Wobble” your way through this utterly delightful book.

     

     

     

    Five Flying TurkeysFive Flying Turkeys by Barbara B. McGrath and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
    What does the classic poem, "Five Little Pumpkins" become in the month of November? Five Flying Turkeys, of course. This book is great because your students will know the rhythm of the poem but the turkeys travel to Plymouth Rock and meet the Pilgrims so new information abounds! My favorite of the five turkeys is the one with the glasses. Who knew that turkeys' personalities could be so diverse?

     

    The Very Stuffed Turkey

    The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah and illustrated by Binny Talib
    I will be honest. I picked this book because of the cover. Turkey is adorable. The very pleasant surprise is how sweet this book is on the inside. The illustrations are perfect and I love the message that family is important. I also love the fact that one of the messages is that not every member of your family looks the same. This books reminds you what it is like to “feel like part of the family” and that it is a wonderful feeling.

     

     

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

    Find me, dad2ella, on Pinterest and Twitter.

    I can’t wait to see you next time.

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