Sadly, Thanksgiving isn’t really a big deal at my house. We live close to all of our family, so my son already sees his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on a regular basis.
Plus, my son’s birthday usually falls very close to Thanksgiving and my energy is focused on planning a party for him. So, our celebration normally consists of a fairly simple meal, watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on DVD, and reading a few holiday themed books.
Thanksgiving books for kids seem to be a bit harder to find than books for other holidays, but there are a few gems out there. If you have a beginning reader, one of my favorite Thanksgiving stories is More Snacks!: A Thanksgiving Play.
The school age ants in the story are performing a play that tells about the story behind the first Thanksgiving. The pictures are colorful, the rhyming text is great for kids who are just learning to read, and the story itself is cute enough that you won’t mind having to listen to it several times over the course of the day.
Author Joan Holub has written several books featuring the same lovable ants. There are stories for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. They are all great additions to any child’s library.
Even though my son has moved on to much more complicated books, he still likes to keep the ant stories as part of our holiday reading routine.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving themed children’s books?
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