This is Lauren from
and I am so very excited to be here today to guest blog! With Thanksgiving right around the corner here in the United States, I thought I would share some of my favorite children's books to help celebrate the season. Whether you are looking for a new picture book, nonfiction selection, or poetry I've got something for you!
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My Top Ten Thanksgiving Books for Kids
- It's Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky~ A collection of humorous poems that captures just about every aspect of Thanksgivingfrom football to the feast!
- Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell~ Clifford celebrates the holiday by visiting his mother!
- The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain~ The bears learn about all the things they are thankful for as they are on their way to their Grandparents' house.
- Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet by Jane O'Connor~ Nancy and her entire family celebrate Thanksgiving with a huge feast!
- Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac~ A great read-aloud for older children, this story is told from Squanto's point of view and that of the Native Americans.
- The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing~ This is probably on your favorites list, as kids love Wing's "The Night Before" series. Fun, vibrant pictures and an engaging story told in rhyme.
- The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George~ A beautiful historical book for older children that focuses on Plymouth Rock.
- Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano~ Turkey knows he is in trouble as Thanksgiving approaches. A very funny book that kids love as Turkey tries to disguise himself.
- A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting~ Mr. and Mrs. Moose are preparing for their Thanksgiving feast, but where is the turkey?
- Splat Says Thank You!~ by Rob Scotton~ Splat is working on a book for his friend, Seymour, to let him know how thankful he is for their friendship.
Whether you do a read-aloud or have students read independently a Thanksgiving-themed book, reader response is important! I have developed a sample-pack FREEBIE for you to use with your students as they interact with a text, respond to their reading, or for you to use as an assessment. Click the picture below to download a few of my Thanksgiving themed reader response graphic organizers. They can be used with any fiction text!
Have a book title that you think should have made my "Top Ten" list? Leave a comment with your favorite Thanksgiving book!
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday! Enjoy!