The Thanksgiving holiday provides many opportunities for teaching, whether it’s a lesson about character or a lesson in history. Below is a list of some picture books you might want to use with your students:
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott: When their parents are called away to help a sick grandparent, seven children decide to finish preparing the Thanksgiving dinner on their own. And although the meal isn’t the best, the children’s efforts are certainly appreciated.
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin is a fun Thanksgiving story with a unique twist. Maggie and her Grandma invite two people to Thanksgiving dinner, but one is after Grandma’s secret recipe for cranberry bread. The author keeps the reader guessing while showing that you can’t judge someone by his or her appearance.
How Many Days to America by Eve Bunting is the story of a family who flees their native country for America, arriving on Thanksgiving Day.
Tattered Sails by Verla Kay: With her trademark cryptic rhyme, author Verla Kay describes the journey by the Pilgrims to the New World.
Thanksgiving: A Harvest Celebration by Julie Stiegemeyer: This picture book retells the story of the first Thanksgiving through the eyes of a fictional character. From the Pilgrims’ voyage across the ocean to the harvest celebration, this book shows readers what life was like for the early settlers.
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgleish: Originally published in 1954, this Caldecott Honor book describes one Pilgrim family’s journey across the ocean to life in America. The story ends with the Pilgrim’s feast with Chief Massasoit and his tribe.
Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness follows three young children who traveled across the Atlantic on the Mayflower: Mary, Remember and Bartholomew Allerton. The harshness of that first winter and the year that followed is revealed in both the text and illustrations.
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