This post is the second in a series on quality, timely reads for kids of all ages. This month’s list includes a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction books to read leading up to, and on, Thanksgiving.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson (Preschool-Second Grade)
This crazy, repetitive story will make your little one giggle as he reads along with you, but you will be delighted as it builds vocabulary with words like pallid, crumbled, and moisten.
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey (Preschool- Kindergarten)
This rhyming tale about farmer “Mack Nugget” is funny and engaging for younger kids. It has the familiar rhythm and rhyming of the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, but with a fun Thanksgiving spin.
This is the Feast by Diane Z. Shore (Kindergarten-Second Grade)
This poetic tale portrays the story of the pilgrims from journey to feast. It is the stereotypical Thanksgiving tale, but this one is worth a read for the beautifully detailed illustrations alone.
Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman (Kindergarten-Second Grade)
In this silly story, Percy Isaac Gifford shares his list of rules for Thanksgiving. This is definitely a just for fun read, but I can see a lot of kids writing up their own list of Thanksgiving rules after reading this story.
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson (First-Third Grade)
This true story about how Thanksgiving came to be a national holiday is told in a humorous way. It uses vibrant vocabulary to tell about a woman who was “bold, brave, stubborn, and smart” and reminds us to “never underestimate dainty little ladies”.
Gooney Bird and the Room Mother by Lois Lowry (First-Third Grade)
Gooney Bird Greene is one of my favorite book characters. She loves to be “right smack in the middle of everything” and has a precocious vocabulary. If your child hasn’t already read the first of her books, Gooney Bird Greene, I’d recommend starting with that, and then moving on to this fun Thanksgiving version where her class is preparing for the Thanksgiving pageant.
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (First-Third Grade)
This non-fiction book shares the origins of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is told in the form of a story and features unique and interesting illustrations. It would make a great Thanksgiving morning pre-parade read.
You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Mayflower by Peter Cook (Second-Fifth Grade)
This series of books does an amazing job of taking non-fiction historical content and making it humorous and interesting for readers. This book is honest and informative, while engaging readers with amusing illustrations and quality text features (a diagram, a timeline, captions, and maps).
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater (Second-Fifth Grade)
To be fair, this isn’t really a Thanksgiving book, but the story takes place over Thanksgiving weekend, so it is timely. I enjoyed reading this as a kid, and it is a fun, quick read. For some reason, this strikes me as the perfect dad read aloud.
Remember, any book that gets a child reading is a good book, so get to the library, the bookstore, or Amazon and pick up a great November read!