With a winter storm descending on us here in Minnesota today and Christmas music already playing in the shopping malls, I’d like to give a nod to our slightly less hectic November holiday. Here are a few books for primary students on the history and celebration of Thanksgiving.

ImmigratMayflowerion is a hot topic these days, and here’s a story of immigration going back to the fall of 1620 when Puritans left England seeking religious freedom. The Mayflower, by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frané Lessec, has very kid-friendly illustrations for a nice story introducing the Thanksgiving holiday. But it also has factual information detailing the hardship of their voyage, as well as references to specific Wampanoag tribesmen who assisted the Pilgrims in their new settlement. This is a good example of narrative nonfiction for primary students.

9780823429431. 2014. Gr. Ps – 3

thanks-gobbleGobble, Gobble, Tucker!  is the fourth holiday book by Leslie McGuirk about a little dog celebrating Thanksgiving. Tucker enjoys the holiday food almost as much as I do. Also check out how Tucker celebrates Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in McGuirk’s other board books.

9780763668877. 2014. Gr. Ps- K




Thanksgiving for Emily AnnIn Thanksgiving for Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston, we are reminded through the perspective of a child not to get bogged down by all the trappings and flurry that

accompany most holidays.

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Since I come from a large extended family, The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing struck a chord with me.  Gavin is lost in all before dinner commotion at Grandma’s house filled with zombie teenagers, huggy aunts and stinky babies, until his cousin Rhonda gets hold of him and they escape to the outdoor swing set.

9780763663063. 2014. Gr. K – 3

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