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October 26, 2017

Thankful for Books: 8 Picture Books to Read This November

By Juan Gonzalez
Grades 1–2, 3–5

        What’s your favorite picture book for the month of November?

    As teachers, we are always on the hunt for a great book. We look for books that can enhance a lesson, or ones that can be shared with students to help revel in the different seasons. For this blog post, I have curated a list of my favorite books that you can add to your library and share this November!

    In November by Cynthia Rylant

    I have yet to read a book that captures the essence of fall like Cynthia Rylant’s masterpiece, In November. This book uses beautiful descriptions to take a reader through the changing weather and activities that November has to offer. I also love In November because it creates an amazing sense of nostalgia that is perfect for classroom discussions.

     

    No Turkey for Thanksgiving by Jacqueline Jules

    No Turkey for Thanksgiving (previously published with the title Duck for Turkey Day) is a fantastic book to share about diverse holiday celebrations. Our main character Tuyet comes from a Vietnamese-American family and learns that Thanksgiving means more than eating turkey. The story honors personal and cultural traditions that we have with our families. Share it and use it to spark discussions amongst your readers about their own family traditions.

     

    I am Thankful by Suzy Capozzi

    Sleeping in, food, and family! Is it Thanksgiving yet? Follow a young boy on a traditional tale of Thanksgiving Day! A sweet story that reminds readers about everything big and small that we have to be thankful for.

     

    The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

    Are you ready to laugh? Rhonda and Gavin have one goal: the backyard playground! This hysterical tale of two cousins escaping their family on Thanksgiving Day will have your students laughing with delight.

     

    Love is by Diane Adams

    Grab a box of tissues because this story of a girl and her duckling will have your heart melting and your tears flowing. Love is follows a young girl who finds herself caring for a duckling and then having to let go when the duckling becomes a duck. It’s beautifully illustrated and definitely a book you will want to share year after year! I’m using Love Is during the month of November to discuss how to have gratitude for the love we have in life.

     

    In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

    This picture book tells a simple story with words, but it’s the illustrations that make In the Middle of Fall a must-read! The moment you open the book, the bold illustrations begin to hug your eyes and take you on a journey of everything orange, yellow, and red! For upper grades, this is a great book to practice inferencing through images.

     

    Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

    Be still my heart! The illustrations in this book will have you instantly smiling. A young girl takes a walk through her town and says “hello” to all the signs of the autumn season.

     

    Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet

    “It’s a parade New Yorkers would never forget!” Meet Tony Sarg, the man behind the large inflatables from the annual Macy’s Parade. A wonderful story of perseverance that introduces readers to Sarg, and his journey that created an American Thanksgiving icon.

    What are some of your favorite November themed books to share? Keep this conversation going! Use social media and let us know!   

    Click here to share on Facebook

    Happy reading!

     

     

        What’s your favorite picture book for the month of November?

    As teachers, we are always on the hunt for a great book. We look for books that can enhance a lesson, or ones that can be shared with students to help revel in the different seasons. For this blog post, I have curated a list of my favorite books that you can add to your library and share this November!

    In November by Cynthia Rylant

    I have yet to read a book that captures the essence of fall like Cynthia Rylant’s masterpiece, In November. This book uses beautiful descriptions to take a reader through the changing weather and activities that November has to offer. I also love In November because it creates an amazing sense of nostalgia that is perfect for classroom discussions.

     

    No Turkey for Thanksgiving by Jacqueline Jules

    No Turkey for Thanksgiving (previously published with the title Duck for Turkey Day) is a fantastic book to share about diverse holiday celebrations. Our main character Tuyet comes from a Vietnamese-American family and learns that Thanksgiving means more than eating turkey. The story honors personal and cultural traditions that we have with our families. Share it and use it to spark discussions amongst your readers about their own family traditions.

     

    I am Thankful by Suzy Capozzi

    Sleeping in, food, and family! Is it Thanksgiving yet? Follow a young boy on a traditional tale of Thanksgiving Day! A sweet story that reminds readers about everything big and small that we have to be thankful for.

     

    The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

    Are you ready to laugh? Rhonda and Gavin have one goal: the backyard playground! This hysterical tale of two cousins escaping their family on Thanksgiving Day will have your students laughing with delight.

     

    Love is by Diane Adams

    Grab a box of tissues because this story of a girl and her duckling will have your heart melting and your tears flowing. Love is follows a young girl who finds herself caring for a duckling and then having to let go when the duckling becomes a duck. It’s beautifully illustrated and definitely a book you will want to share year after year! I’m using Love Is during the month of November to discuss how to have gratitude for the love we have in life.

     

    In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

    This picture book tells a simple story with words, but it’s the illustrations that make In the Middle of Fall a must-read! The moment you open the book, the bold illustrations begin to hug your eyes and take you on a journey of everything orange, yellow, and red! For upper grades, this is a great book to practice inferencing through images.

     

    Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

    Be still my heart! The illustrations in this book will have you instantly smiling. A young girl takes a walk through her town and says “hello” to all the signs of the autumn season.

     

    Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet

    “It’s a parade New Yorkers would never forget!” Meet Tony Sarg, the man behind the large inflatables from the annual Macy’s Parade. A wonderful story of perseverance that introduces readers to Sarg, and his journey that created an American Thanksgiving icon.

    What are some of your favorite November themed books to share? Keep this conversation going! Use social media and let us know!   

    Click here to share on Facebook

    Happy reading!

     

     

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