Top 10 Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers

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I just realized we have been in the season of Autumn for a month and I haven’t even pulled out our Autumn and Thanksgiving books yet! We have a nice variety of books for preschoolers that I love sharing with my four children each year.  Now that my oldest two are 12 years old and 11 years old they can read the books to the younger two boys.

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In this exuberant celebration of a Halloween icon, a brother and sister begin early preparations for their favorite holiday-in the garden. Painted paper collages brightly illustrate progress in the pumpkin patch from the children’s seed-planting, watering, and weeding to the pumpkin’s green vining, yellow flowering and orange fruiting. The king of squash can provide a rich introduction to kinder-gardening; and this book-with accurate information contained in a minimal text-yields a bumper crop of entertainment and basic know-how.

Combining the warm narrative of best-selling author Max Lucado and the classic illustrations of award-winning artist Sergio Martinez, Just the Way You Are will entertain young readers as it teaches them a truth that can open their hearts to Christ.That truth—the assurance of God’s delight in them—is a blessing that has eternal impact for all children of the King everywhere.

Using bright artwork in her familiar style, Gibbons takes on a favorite fall subject. The first part of the book depicts the complicated process of growing a pumpkin from seed, including an explanation of the role of male pumpkin flowers in the pollination process. Gibbons’ illustrations for this section will be particularly useful teaching aides, especially for younger children. The remainder of the book is less science oriented. Halloween and Thanksgiving are each given a colorful double-page spread, though, oddly, the discussion of Halloween never mentions pumpkins at all. An ending section provides related information, such as instructions for carving a pumpkin and drying seeds. A good resource for educators, this also has plenty of kid appeal.

Raking leaves, airing quilts, biting into crisp red apples, starting school, and eating Thanksgiving dinner are a few of the many seasonal activities shown in this photo essay. Maass, a skilled photographer, fills his pictures with autumnal colors, symbols, and the changes in town (what appears to be New England) and countryside. However, the book assumes a “universal truth” tone. Autumn is not the same throughout the world nor even throughout the U. S. Chopping and stacking wood is not a sight familiar to all children; even most adults have never seen chimney sweeps at work. And in this rural autumn, only white people are pictured. The change of seasons is a perennial subject, so there will certainly be demand for this beautiful photo essay.

Softly colored pencil illustrations in a realistic style effectively communicate Jamie’s pride as a very young gardener. He plants a seed, then grows and harvests a pumpkin from which he saves seeds for next year. The large, detailed drawings capture Jamie’s anticipation and pleasure just right. The garden creatures appearing on every page and grandpa, whom we catch sight of now and then, are a delightful supporting cast. Nonreaders can easily follow the story in pictures alone. Very large, clear print on facing pages makes the simple narrative inviting for beginning readers, too.

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.

Clifford takes a Thanksgiving Trip to see HIS MOM; while Emily visits her grandma; follow Clifford through his adventure of getting to his mom’s for Thanksgiving!

A Thanksgiving story celebrating the gift of friendship! Mini is the littlest Pilgrim in her village.Too little to sew.Too little to bake.Too little to fish.
But she’s not too little to make a friend.

Arthur has been picked to direct his school’s Thanksgiving play-and cast the roles. But all his friends want to be star, and no one wants to play the Turkey! What will Arthur do?

Brother and Sister Bear want everything in sight, and they throw tantrums when they don’t get what they want. Wisely Mama and Papa deal with this childhood malady by teaching the cubs about the family budget and the importance of appreciating all that they have already.

This post is part of the monthly top ten Thanksgiving and Harvest Ideas for Kids blog hop. Check out all the ideas from other bloggers below.

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12 Responses to Top 10 Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers

  1. Bernstein Bears Get the Gimmies is perfect for the time of year! We’re going to have to check that one out!
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  2. Kristina says:

    Another to add is Cranberry Thanksgiving!

  3. I like thelook of a plump and perky turkey and may have to order that for school. Great review. #brilliantblogposts
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  4. Love this! And the Case of the Gimmies was one of my favorite books when I was little. I need to grab that one again for when I have my own kids 🙂 Such a good one!

    And thank you for linking up! #fridayfrivolity
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  5. Trena says:

    Arthur and Clifford…. classics! Can’t go wrong with those titles. Loved them when my kids were preschoolers and still enjoy watching/reading now that they are older.
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  6. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for sharing- heading to the library tomorrow with my little guy, and was wondering what books we should pick up.
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  7. Great book suggestions. As a grandmother of 5 preschoolers, these books will
    come in handy. Thanks again for sharing!

  8. Fab list of books. I remember Arthur from when o was younger. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx
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  9. These are lovely. I sometimes think we are really missing out in the UK without Thanksgiving! I love the sentiment let alone the history and story behind. Thank you for linking to #featurefridays
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  10. Sarah Eliza says:

    Gail Gibbons is so awesome! So many other good ones too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Friday Frivolity!
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  11. beth says:

    These look like some fab books 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky
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  12. Heather says:

    Great list! We’re big Clifford fans in our house 🙂 Thanks for sharing on the #GoodFriendsFriday linky, looking forward to seeing what you share this week!
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