The holidays can be a hurried time. Let me encourage you, though, to stop and take time to spend some cozy time reading together with your children. As you take this time out year after year, reading holiday books together will become a treasured tradition that your family will look forward to as the seasons turn.
It’s fairly easy to find good Christmas books. Quality Thanksgiving books are a little more scarce, it seems, especially as Thanksgiving becomes increasingly swallowed up by Christmas. However, through years of book sleuthing, I’ve come to find some sweet treasures that are perfect for family read-alouds.
Rhyming Books For Thanksgiving
I try to mainly recommend books that are in print. Merrily Comes Our Harvest In is no longer in print, but it’s worth purchasing a used copy simply because it’s such a fun little book. It’s short enough to read in one sitting, but it contains a variety of fall and Thanksgiving poems. Some are serious and many are funny. It would be a good way to introduce your children to poetry in a light-hearted fashion. At our house, we like to make tea or hot chocolate and a nice snack while we have our poetry time. There’s something about creating a special ambience that makes poetry more appealing.
We’re all familiar with this famous Thanksgiving song, but it makes a beautiful read-aloud as well. One of the most special elements of Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Childs is that there is snow. It is unusual for a Thanksgiving book, but gives an incredibly festive feel. Of course, this book demonstrates warm, loving family relationships and holiday traditions as well.
Picture Books For Thanksgiving
This is a typical cute Berenstain Bears book that’s great for younger kids.Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain discusses faith and family and tells the story of the Pilgrims as they came to the new world for the freedom to worship God in their own way. This is a perfect Thanksgiving book for little ones.
If you’re looking for a beautiful, old-fashioned retelling of the historic Thanksgiving story,The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh is it. Alice Dalgliesh has a simple yet lyrical writing style and the illustrations in this little book are great. It’s the perfect introduction to the real story of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Book For Middle-Grade Children
In A Thanksgiving Treasure by Gail Rock, Addie Mills and her friend Cora Mae are always up to something. In this short chapter book, they stumble onto the property of an ill-tempered old man who drives them away. But Addie and Cora have other plans. This book is about friendship, love, and surprises, even in the midst of rocky relationships and broken hearts.
So grab a cozy blanket, snuggle up on the couch, and dig into some of these great books together. Make some Thanksgiving memories!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving books?