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Let's Give Thanks

There are so many things to be grateful for! In this list of recommended books for kids ages 0-9, you'll share the joy of friendship with George and Martha, the everyday pleasures of a boy and his dad, or the fall feast of the Pilgrims. Through it all, delight in sharing a book with a special person.

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

Feeling Thankful

By: Shelly Rotner
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Full-color photographs on well-composed pages introduce a multicultural cast of kids. Each child expresses what he or she is thankful for — from family and friends to a pet mouse — in this handsome and useful book.

George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends

By: James Marshall
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The slightly silly, gently humorous, often wise stories of the irrepressible hippopotamus duo, George and Martha, have been compiled into one large volume in honor of the 25th anniversary of their first appearance. George and Martha’s friendship is revealed in a series of short stories each illustrated with seemingly simple but hugely expressive illustrations – appropriate for the size of their friendship.

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast

By: Kate Waters, Russ Kendall
Illustrated by: Russ Kendall
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Alternating between narratives of Dancing Moccasins, a 14-year old Wampanoag boy, and Resolved White, a 6-year old English boy, the preparation and cooperation between the Pilgrims and Indians unfold. It culminates in the harvest celebration of what is now an annual celebration called Thanksgiving. Full color photographs of actors in authentic clothing and additional notes about sources complete this informative, carefully researched, and respectful book.

My Daddy and I

By: Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrest
Illustrated by: Jan Spivey Gilchrest, Eloise Greenfield
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A boy and his father, shown as African Americans in warmly hued illustrations, enjoy doing everyday activities together, from laundry to sharing a book and more. The simple pleasures of family life are conveyed affectionately through easy but flowing language and realistic paintings in a sturdy format.

My First Thanksgiving

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This small board book provides a first look at the holiday to be shared with the youngest. Clear illustrations are placed in an open format to engage readers and to illuminate traditions and celebrations.

Thanksgiving on a Thursday (Magic Tree House #27)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Once again, Annie and Jack travel back in time from the Magic Tree House, this time to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet Indians and Pilgrims as well as gain an understanding of the difficult life during that period.

The First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story

By: Laura Krauss Melmed, Mark Buehner
Illustrated by: Mark Buehner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Starting with one Pilgrim boy resting in a tree and two Wampanoag children gathering nuts, the rhyming count continues until the Indians and Pilgrims gather to share the feast. Children will enjoy finding the turkey lurking on each page as it savors the banquet from a safe distance. The joy of the harvest and celebration of friendship reverberates in playful verse and merry illustrations.

The Stray Dog

By: Marc Simont
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The family in this story meets and plays with a stray dog while at the park. After they leave, they think about him all week long and decide to look for him the next Saturday — as does the dogcatcher. As the dogcatcher closes in, the children cleverly handle the situation for a happy resolution. Gentle watercolor illustrations add to the well-paced text to create a very satisfying story.

The Very First Thanksgiving Day

By: Rhonda Greene, Susan Gaber
Illustrated by: Susan Gaber
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In the cadence of a familiar rhyme, “The House That Jack Built,” preparations for the first Thanksgiving unfurl in this colorful book. The story concludes with the sharing of the feast as Indians and Pilgrims are depicted talking and playing on that special day. Softly lined, gently realistic illustrations are varied in size and enhance the text while creating an appealing format.

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