- From the New York Public Library: Thanksgiving Books
- From Kaboose.com: Thanksgiving Books
- From Apples 4 the Teacher: Thanksgiving Books for Kids
- From Oyate: Recommended Books about Thanksgiving and "Books to Avoid"
- From ESSL (Education & Social Science Library) Children’s Literature Blog: ThanksgivingBooks for Children
- From The Holiday Zone: Recommended Books for Thanksgiving
- From Reading Rockets: Ten Books for Thanksgiving
- From Reading Rockets: Let’s Give Thanks
- From Scholastic: Thanksgiving Recommended Books
- From Through the Magic Door: Thanksgiving Picture Books & Books for Independent Readers (2008)
- From Children’s Literature: Celebrate Thanksgiving (2009)
- From Children’s Literature: Celebrate Thanksgiving (2008)
- Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review: Thanksgiving
- From Infosoup.org: Thanksgiving Books for Children (2007)
Reviews of Thanksgiving Books from Wild Rose Reader
- Thanksgiving Books, Part I: Reviews of Jonathan London’s Giving Thanks, Diane Goode’s Thanksgiving Is Here!, and Debby Atwell’s The Thanksgiving Door.
- Thanksgiving Books, Part II: Review of Lisa Wheeler Turk and Runt, a hilarious picture book about two turkey siblings.
- Thanksgiving Poetry: Review of Nancy White Carlstrom’s poetry book Thanksgiving Day at Our House.
- In November: What Do You Do with a Book Like This?: Includes a review of Cynthia Rylant’s book In November and a suggestion for writing a collaborative prose poem with elementary students.
Thanksgiving Resources for Teachers and Parents
- From Scholastic: The First Thanksgiving
- From Scholastic: Thanksgiving Web Quest
- From Enchanted Learning: Thanksgiving K-3 Theme Page
- From Enchanted Learning: Thanksgiving Printable Books
- From My Craft Book: Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
- From DLTK: Fall Leaf Turkey
- From DLTK: Online Thanksgiving Jigsaw Puzzle
- From Kidzone: Online Horn of Plenty Jigsaw Puzzle
- From Kaboose.com: Craft Stick Turkey Greeter
- From Kaboose.com: Framed Handprint Turkey
- From Amazing Moms: Harvest Necklace
One More Resource
- From Rethinking Schools Online (Autumn, 2009)—Rethinking Thanksgiving: Myths and Misgivings
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving
Written by Joseph Bruchac
Illustrated by Greg Shed
Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2000
This historical fiction picture book is excellent for reading aloud in the elementary grades. Bruchac narrates the story in the voice of Squanto (Tisquantum), a Patuxet Indian. The book opens with Squanto telling about his capture by Captain Thomas Hunt who took him and other Patuxets to Spain to be sold as slaves in 1614, how Spanish friars set Squanto free and helped him to get to England, and Squanto’s return to America in 1619 when he found that his people had been devastated by a disease. In the rest of the book, we learn about Squanto’s building a friendship with the Pokanokets and Nemaskets; Samoset, a Pemaquid Indian; the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower; and the relationship between Squanto and the English that helped the settlers at Plimoth make it through their first year in the New World. The book includes an author’s note and a glossary.
Meanwhile, Mr. Macy is concerned because his salesclerks are frowning instead of acting festive before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. He thinks the salesclerks are depressing the customers. He’s trying to figure out a solution to this problem. That’s when Milly approaches Mr. Macy and explains her idea. She tells him how she thinks “Macy’s could bring a little bit of everyone’s home to America.” Mr. Macy is receptive to Milly’s suggestion that the store sponsor a celebration that will remind the homesick employees of their holidays back home. The following day the store posts a sign advertising its Christmas parade. Word spreads quickly.
On Thanksgiving Day, Milly, her father, and all the other Macy’s workers dress up in costumes and march in the holiday parade. They all enjoy singing and strolling down the street—just as they had done in the old country.
This is a highly fictionalized account of the origin of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade--but it's an entertaining story. Shana Corey includes an Author’s Note with background information on the parade—including the fact that it missed only three holidays. It was canceled from 1942-1944 because of World War II.
Click here to view some of the interior illustrations from the book.
From Scholastic—Teacher Activity Guide: Milly and the Macy’s Parade
From Scholastic: Milly and the Macy’s Parade PDF Guide
Orchards have shared their treasures,
by Rowena Bastin Bennett
Thanksgiving Day I like to see
Our cook perform her witchery.
She turns a pumpkin into pie
As easily as you or I
Can wave a hand or wink an eye.
She takes leftover bread and muffin
And changes them to turkey stuffin’.
You can read the rest of the poem here.