Today, since Thanksgiving is this week, I decided to add a collection of books you can find that will teach about this humble holiday, or inspire your youngsters to find ways to enjoy it. I say humble because often Thanksgiving gets crushed in between Halloween's frightening costumes and candy and Christmas' festive shopping and extravaganzas.
But I love Thanksgiving and have nothing but happy memories of family gatherings, laughter, the smell of food prepared by loving Moms and Grannys and Aunties and playing games late into the night. So, today I wish to offer a few books that showcase this holiday. If you're looking for a literary way to teach your youngsters about Thanksgiving, check out one or more of these books at your local library or bookstore.
Oh, and don't be afraid to allow the little ones to get in on the baking and preparing for the family feast. Even if the feast and family is few. Let them crate placemats, let them pinch the edges of pies, let them help you cut out cookie shapes. Any way you can involve them helps little ones understand the specialness of this day.
And, most important, don't forget to talk about what you're thankful for.
I, for one, am thankful for each and every one of you who stop by our little Castle Library and hope you find inspiration and ideas to make reading enjoyable and important to young ones. You can give your child no greater give than that of abundant love and a love of reading. Oh, the worlds you'll open, the grand possibilities....
Ohhh, where's my tissue?
Amazon is a great place to start when looking for titles. You can always take the list to your local library or bookstore and see if they have the book in stock.
Another list, this one by Scholastic. No cover pictures, however, there are links for Thanksgiving bookmarks you can download.
If you're a member of Goodreads, they also have a list (with pictures) of books about Thanksgiving. At Goodreads, you can see what others think of a book which sometimes help when trying to pick out what to read.
And finally, since we love having activities to do along with the books we read, Parenting has some kid-friendly crafts and such you can check out.
I wish all of you a very wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with friends and family.and stuff yourselves like crazy.
Who is worried about the dragon's wanting to have a turkey roast. Nothing like charred poultery. Right?