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Thanksgiving for Kids

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It's nearly Thanksgiving! A time for family, friends, togetherness, gratefulness, and hopefully, delicious pie! If you are looking for books to share with your family about the holiday, these are a few of my personal favorites. From previously unexplored and detailed looks at the first Thanksgiving to the reasons why the holiday is significant to us today, these books paint an engaging picture of a truly American holiday.

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1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac

Countering the prevailing, traditional story of the first Thanksgiving, with its black-hatted, silver-buckled Pilgrims, blanket-clad, be-feathered Indians, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and turkey, this lushly illustrated photo-essay presents a more measured, balanced, and historically accurate version of the three-day harvest celebration in 1621. Photographed at the Plimoth Plantation reenactment of the first Thanksgiving in October of 2000.







cover of Thank You, Sarah


Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson

By the 1800s, America's observance of Thanksgiving was waning. Sarah Hale took it upon herself to spend thirty-five years of petitioning and giving speeches to get the holiday recognized. Her hard work paid off and Abraham Lincoln signed the Thanksgiving Proclamation that very year, declaring it a national holiday.





cover of Balloons over Broadway


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

Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire!






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The Little Kids' Table by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle

Everyone knows that the little kids' table is the place to be for any holiday or family gathering. This silly, rhyming story follows a group of rambuctious cousins from table setting to dessert.






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Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure by Linda Ashman

The fun begins when Grandma and Grandpa send invitations to their far-flung, modern, and multiracial family: Come to our house for the holidays and bring your favorite pie! Off everyone goes, driving down snowy roads, riding the train, boarding a plane...even sailing along in a hot-air balloon. As each family faces an obstacle that delays their trip, they learn that sometimes the most old-fashioned form of transportation works best.