10 Picture Books for Turkey Time at the Thanksgiving Reading Table
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story By Laura Krauss Melmed: This rollicking counting story celebrates the very first Thanksgiving Day with vibrant illustrations and lively verse. Follow the Pilgrim and Wampanoag friends as they prepare for a great feast, and along the way look for the bold turkey on every page -- and for the very sharp of eye, there are all sorts of surprises hidden in the art!
The Night Before Thanksgiving By Natasha Wing: A creative spin on the Clement C. Moore classic, The Night Before Thanksgiving is a warm, whimsical celebration of everyone's favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and thanks are given, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie By Alison Jackson: I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry. And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey!
. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 By Ann McGovern, Anna DiVito: What kind of ship was the Mayflower? How did the Pilgrims feel when they saw land? What was the first building in Plymouth? Boys and girls will find out why the Pilgrims left England to live in America, what they took with them on board the Mayflower, and the hardships they endured. They'll learn what the Mayflower Compact was, how the Pilgrims made a peace treaty with the Indians, and how these brave settlers managed to survive in their new land.
Additional Recommendation: We'll be reading one additional chapter book in our house for our elementary-school child. Check it out... it may just become your favorite chapter book series to read together!
Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) By Mary Pope Osborne: Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series — the Magic Tree House! It's a time for giving thanks when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?