Lounge tip #25

799-thanksgiving-cartoonWe hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! If you were in the kitchen all day on Thursday or if you were hitting the sales yesterday at the mall, today is a great day to just sit and enjoy family.  In any case here are some great stories that you and your little ones can read.  The are all centered around the Thanksgiving holiday and being thankful.

Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving.
  The seven rambunctious Basset children decide to cook their own Thanksgiving dinner after their parents leave to tend to a sick grandmother.  Minor catastrophes and understandable chaos add to the charm of this rediscovered family classic. It is sentimental and perfect for the holiday.

Eve Bunting, How Many Days to America: A Thanksgiving Story,
The story of contemporary pilgrims leaving what is familiar with some of the same fears and hardships the early pilgrims faced.  Ages 4-8

Barbara Cohen, Molly’s Pilgrim
A young Jewish immigrant tells her friends the story of Thanksgiving, and they learn that it takes all kinds of pilgrims to make Thanksgiving. Ages 5-10

Joy Cowley, Gracias: The Thanksgiving Turkey
Joy Cowley’s Thanksgiving picture book is illustrated with colorful oil paintings by Joe Cepeda. A young Hispanic boy, Miquel, lives with his grandparents in a city apartment. His father sends him a turkey to fatten up for the holiday. Instead, the bird becomes Miquel’s pet. Its life is spared when it is unexpectedly blessed by the priest. Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey is an engaging story that will appeal to four- to eight-year-olds.

Alice Dalgleish, The Thanksgiving Story

James Daugherty, The Landing of the Pilgrims
The story told by a Newbery medal author. Ages 9-12

Barbara Greenwood, A Pioneer Story A Pioneer Thanksgiving :A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841
A weaving together of stories, information, and activities to create a tapestry of pioneer life.  Wonderful illustrations, great family book.  All ages.

Helen Haidle, Thank You, Dear God!
A board book for little children about things to be thankful for.

B.G. Hennesy, One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims
A thanksgiving book for two- and three-year-olds.

Anna Kamma, If Your Were at the First Thanksgiving,
The historical details of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth.

Verla Kay, tattered Sails
A pilgrim family journeys across the ocean and comes to freedom in America.

Patricia Lakin,  Fat Chance Thanksgiving
A lonely girl, newcomer to a housing project, decides to get everyone in the building together for Thanksgiving; getting to the heart of thankfulness.

Julian Scheer, A Thanksgiving Turkey
Gorgeous illustrations in a story about a boy and his grandfather who hope to shoot a wild turkey in the woods, and then deliberately miss the shot.  A wonderfully tender story about youth and old age.

Chief Jake Swamp, Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
According to the author, Chief Jake Swamp, the text of this picture book is “based on the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants” that comes from the Iroquois. The striking illustrations, acrylic paintings on canvas by Erwin Printup, Jr., capture the beauty of nature with drama and simplicity and complement the message of Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message This is another book the entire family will appreciate.


Enjoy these books around a fire or on the beach.  Wherever you are, appriciate what you have and give thanks!  Explain to your children about being thankful, help them realize that there is more to be thankful for than their favorite toys.  (Siblings, food, shelter, clean water ect.)

Have a great day!


Reneca and Kalisha