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Remembering and Giving Thanks

November is a month to remember those who have served to keep others safe. It is also a harvest month and a special time to give thanks.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Little Peace

By: Barbara Kerley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

All it takes is…one hand/One smile/A single voice… to achieve it; and children everywhere can "spread a little peace". Full color photographs taken around the world (and sourced at the end) along with a concluding note from the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace concludes this exceptional concept book.

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

By: Melissa Sweet
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Tony Sarge grew from a boy who liked to figure out how to make things move to the man who invented marionettes controlled from below. It was Sarge who invented huge "articulating" balloons that have been the focus of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1928. Mixed media art combines with lively text to present Tony Sarge, his creativity, and contributions.

Biscuit Is Thankful

By: Alyssa Capucilli
Illustrated by: Pat Schories
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Biscuit, a small yellow puppy, is grateful for many things. He appreciates his little girl, their daily walks, and more. Straightforward illustrations and the clear-cut narrative presented on sturdy pages is just right to share with younger children.

Coming on Home Soon

By: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Ada Ruth's mother goes to Chicago for a much-needed job during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with her grandmother in Grandma's rural home. Being apart is tough even though Ada Ruth knows it is in response to the war. Words and illustration combine to present a stirring portrait of longing, family, and love until mother and child are reunited.

Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)

By: Barbara Parks
Illustrated by: Denise Brunkus
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Junie B and her classmates are back, trying to be the first graders who win the school contest for the best list of things for which to be thankful. Junie hasn't changed much — she's still energetic and at times a bit impolite — but Thanksgiving with Junie is sure to make children chuckle as they recognize the humor in Junie’s situations.

Splat Says Thank You

By: Rob Scotton
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Splat, a likeable, fuzzy cat is grateful for many things, especially his friend Seymour. To show him, Splat makes more than a card; he makes a thank you book! Expressive, textured illustrations on open backgrounds show Splat’s range of emotions as he thinks about his buddy.

Strega Nona's Harvest

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When the good Italian witch, Strega Nona carefully adds a touch of magic to her well-tended garden it grows beautifully. Her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, is not as careful with near-disastrous results. A creative solution to the overabundance winds up helping many - but will Big Anthony ever learn?

The Letter Home

By: Timothy Decker
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A medic writes his son about his time in Europe in 1918 during the First World War. The man tells his son that he wanted to wait until he could also say he was coming home. Understated text combines with black/white line drawings for a sophisticated, evocative, and touching glimpse of war, sure to generate conversation between readers.

The Wall

By: Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler
Illustrated by: Ronald Himler, Eve Bunting
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A boy describes the trip he takes with his father to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Together, they look for the name of his grandfather, who died before he was born.

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