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November books (Thanksgiving, yo)

October 27th, 2008 · No Comments

The following books are recommended for young readers as we gear up for Thanksgiving in the U.S.  All images are gathered from the respective publishers, except the cover image for Giving Thanks, which I downloaded from my local library’s website.  Links go to publishers.  I am not compensated in any way for these links; I’m considering an Amazon affiliate account, but I don’t have enough information yet to take the leap on that, so I’m linking to the publishers for the moment.  Enjoy! :)

Thanks for ThanksgivingMarkes, Julie, ill. Doris Barrette.  Thanks for Thanksgiving.  (Scholastic, 2004).  Baby/Toddler/Preschool.  The vivid and detailed illustrations of a family’s fall activities and Thanksgiving preparations are a perfect match for the rhyming text, which celebrates many simple things that delight children of all ages. A fun little book that will make you smile.
Thanksgiving is for Giving ThanksSutherland, Margaret, ill. Sonia Lamut. Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks. (Scholastic, 2000).  Toddler/Preschool.  Simple language and clear, soft illustrations (with children of various ethnicities) show some of the things for which a young child might be thankful.  Examples like “my room” and “lollipops that turn my tongue purple” acknowledge the self-centeredness of young children, while the idea of being thankful for friends and family encourages a greater degree of reflection.

Giving ThanksLondon, Jonathan, paintings by Gregory Manchess.  Giving Thanks. (Candlewick Press, 2003).  Preschool and up.  A young boy begins the habit of offering thanks to the natural world.  Lightly touched with Native American spiritual concepts (Mother Earth, Grandfather Sun, and others), this beautiful book encourages awareness of nature and careful attention to the life around us.

Thank You, GrandpaPlourde, Lynn, ill. Jason Cockcroft.  Thank You, Grandpa. (Dutton, 2003).  Preschool and up.  This sweet, sweet story of a little girl and her grandpa isn’t about Thanksgiving per se, but it offers another angle on gratitude and a lesson on the circle of life.  This one is a tearjerker; you have been warned (and it’s completely worth it).

Thanksgiving Is... Gibbons, Gail.  Thanksgiving Is… (Holiday House, 2004).  School-age.  Gibbons is known for detailed and effectively illustrated children’s nonfiction.  This book provides a number of different ways of thinking of Thanksgiving and information about some of the traditions that surround the holiday in the U.S.  While this volume is a good resource, I was surprised that such a recent book used the term “Indians” rather than “Native Americans” in discussing the first Thanksgiving.  I suspect this has to do with clarity for young readers, but it may be off-putting for some.

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