Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Kid Thanksgiving Books

I know, I know, I should have posted this last week.  Trying to get everything packed up for our trip to Michigan to visit my family and also get my job work done got me behind on what I wanted to post on my blog.  I thought since I had this mostly set, I should still post it!

Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Marie Child, Illustrated by Matt Tavares

My five year old daughter, Penelope, LOVES this book and we have checked it out from the library the last few years at the holidays.  It’s a good Thanksgiving and Christmas book.  Penelope and I love to sing the book as I remember singing this song in music class long ago when I was a child. I didn’t know then that it was originally a poem written by Lydia Marie Child in the 19th century. Penelope loves the beautiful illustrations by Matt Tavares, including a story behind the story when a hat is lost and a dog picks it up chasing the family to return.  She also loves the two dogs snuggling at the end.

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, Illustrated by Lee Harper

Turkey Trouble is a silly story of a turkey who doesn’t want to end of being the main course of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner so he tries to disguise himself as other animals.  The audiobook is delightful and Penelope loves the ending.  There is also a follow up Christmas book that we enjoy.

Magic Treehouse #27 Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel in their magic treehouse to the very first Thanksgiving and meet the pilgrims.  They befriend Pricilla and help to prepare the meal.  My seven year old son Daniel really enjoyed this book.  He especially loved how Squanto helped Jack and Annie out to explain to the wondering pilgrims where they came from.

The Truths and Myths about Thanksgiving by L.A. Peacock

Kile (9 years old) and I read this book together.  The book is set up with short interesting sections with a lot of great information about the pilgrims from why they left England, their voyage, and their early settlement.  Kile really liked the quizzes (multiple choice) and myth and fact sections throughout the book.  He would cover up the answers and quiz me before I could see.  It was a fast read and a book that we both enjoyed.


  1. Laura, these books look like great fun. I still love to read and learn about Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims.

  2. Me too! It seems like I always learn something new every year. I love reading holiday books with my kids!