Hi Folks! For the American expats and holiday celebrators in the group, we have put together some top picks for kids books about Thanksgiving:
My son is a big Dog Man fan, so Dav Pikley’s “T’was the Night Before Thanksgiving” is definitely on our list.
“Bear Says Thanks” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman: We got some of the Bear book series for free from a fast food restaurant in the States, and they are all really short and sweet. The illustrations are beautiful and the message simple. This is probably best suited for ages 4+ Also available in German! (“Bär Sagt Danke”)
“The Best Thanksgiving” by artist JoAnn Adinolfi and rhyming text by Eileen Spinelli: Despite the marked differences between two families’ Thanksgiving celebrations, a girl realizes that their families are also alike in how loving they are.
National Geographics’ “1621, A New Look at Thanksgiving” is a book for 8-12 year olds, providing an accurate account of Thanksgiving in 1621. It was written in collaboration with Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum. The book is illustrated with photographs of museum reenactments, and the text and photographs present the Thanksgiving story from the viewpoints of both the English colonists and the Wampanoag tribe.
“The Fox Went out on a Chilly Night” by Peter Spier: Here is a great article on Slate about the story which is also a song based on an old English carol, which can also become a fun sing along activity at home: https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/11/peter-spier-fox-went-out-chilly-night-thanksgiving-book.html