30 Thanksgiving Books for Kids


November is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! We always make a trip to the library to fill our book baskets with great reads for each season and holiday. Do you have that tradition in your family, too?

{Confession: Lately we’ve been making use of Amazon for books — either Kindle versions or delivered in two days with Prime — because it seems that our library fines can sometimes be more than the purchase cost of a book! You can get a free reading app if you don’t actually have a Kindle. You can also try Prime for free for 30 days to get free two-day shipping.}

Either way, here is a list of 30 great Thanksgiving books for kids to read this month.

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Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks

The Story of the Pilgrims

The Thanksgiving Story

Thanks for Thanksgiving

Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper

The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving

Cranberry Thanksgiving

The Autumn Visitors

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims

Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet

The Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving All Around

I Spy Thanksgiving

A Plump And Perky Turkey

The Best Thanksgiving Ever!

It’s Thanksgiving!

Arthur’s Thanksgiving

Run, Turkey, Run!

Franklin’s Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Is Here!

Scooby-Doo and the Thanksgiving Terror

Katie Saves Thanksgiving (Katie Woo)

The youngest reader in my family (age 6) currently loves Amelia Bedelia, Fancy Nancy, and Pinkalicious. Arthur, Franklin, I Spy, and Berenstain Bears have been favorites for all three of my daughters through the years. If you’ve used Five in a Row, you’ll recognize Cranberry Thanksgiving, too.

What are you reading this month? Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving book?




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FIAR: Katy & The Big Snow & Math

This post is part of our monthly series highlighting books and activities from the Five In A Row (FIAR) curriculum.

When I opened Katy & The Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton to find some math, I was shocked. I didn’t have to look far at all – it was everywhere!

Math is disguised in all sorts of fun places in this beautiful book!

Katy includes graphing!

The book starts off with the map of the city. Maps are graphing.

And when the city is shown on other pages, if the orientation is different, a compass is shown to indicate direction. The compass represents the x-axis (N/S) and y-axis (E/W). It also shows the 360º in a circle.

When Katy (the tractor) is introduced, you can see lots of symmetry – especially in her big snow plow. Symmetry is another important concept in graphing.

Factors and multiplication are in the book.

Katy’s features are outlined in the margins and include her horsepower. Instead of merely writing “55 horsepower,” Burton illustrates it with 55 horses, and they are counted in 5s.

Skip counting like this shows factoring as well as multiples (which are used in finding the GCF and LCM – remember those?).

And Burton doesn’t just stop at 5 and 10, she illustrates and counts all 55 horses.

(Note: I put the red circles on the images.)

So when you read Katy & The Big Snow with your children – you can support their math learning by seeing and saying the math in the pictures!

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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FIAR: Make a Map of Your Town with Katy and the Big Snow

This post is part of our monthly series highlighting books and activities from the Five In A Row (FIAR) curriculum.

This month’s FIAR feature is Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Katy is a big red crawler tractor and any child with an interest in trucks is going to love this book. The illustrations are wonderful – there’s so much to see on every page. One page is outlined with smaller pictures of more than 20 different kinds of trucks! You could read this book time and time again and still finding something new.

With all that going on, there are a lot of activities you could choose to complement this book. You could discuss seasons and all the jobs that trucks (and people!) do each season. You could talk about community services and all the people needed to run a city.  You could talk about weather and snow. You could talk about art and charcoal drawing. You could talk about the literary device of personifying Katy the tractor.

But I love maps, so the activity I want to highlight today is map reading. There’s a simple map of the town of Geoppolis on pages 6-7 of the book. Spend some time on this map, pointing out the compass. If you have a compass at home, take it outside and have your child move around your house to determine what direction your house is facing. It’s even more fun to bring the compass along for a car ride around town.  It’s fascinating to see what direction you are headed in – you will sometimes be surprised!

Katy and the Big Snow

Take some time going through the numbered flags on the map of Geoppolis. Ask your child to find all the city buildings and also point out where there might be houses, farms, and railroads. Finally, have your child create a map of your own city or neighborhood. This is also a great time to get out an atlas or any other maps you have around the house and introduce your child to road maps, legend,s and more.  I recommend the National Geographic Beginners World Atlas — a must-have for any homeschool library.

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