Terrific Thanksgiving Read-Alouds!

terrific-thanksgiving-read-alouds-pin-2Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of family, food, fun and thankfulness. There are so many great Thanksgiving books to entertain kids while teaching them about this holiday. I wrote about several Thanksgiving books this month, but there are so many more that I couldn’t get to yet! This is a list of even more awesome Thanksgiving books that I recommend adding to your collection. So curl up under some warm blankets, grab some yummy snacks (or leftovers) and enjoy some family reading time! (This post contains affiliate links).

Ring in the Holidays with Family Read-Alouds!

favorite-books-to-ring-in-the-holidaysThere are so many amazing books to read during the holiday season. From Santa Claus to snowmen and dreidels to trees, there are so many wonderful stories to share with children and get them excited for the season! I could not possibly list all of the amazing books out there, but I have managed to compile a list of books that are personal favorites of mine that I am excited to share with my daughter for many years to come. (If your favorite is not here, don’t worry! Other holidays and traditions will definitely be recognized in posts to come).

Celebrate a Cranberry Thanksgiving!

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cranberry-thanksgiving Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin is a classic which has been shared among many generations. Maggie and her grandmother invite guests to Thanksgiving dinner every year, especially those who are poor or lonely. Grandmother doesn’t trust Maggie’s guest because she worries he will steal her famous cranberry bread recipe. However, when the recipe goes missing, Grandmother may be proven wrong! This classic story reminds us not to judge a book by it’s cover and to be gracious during the holiday season. It also provides an opportunity to enjoy a lot of cranberry fun!

Turkey Fun for Thanksgiving!

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turkey-trouble-2Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano is a hilarious story about a turkey who doesn’t want to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner! He decides to disguise himself as other animals so he can hide from the farmer. The story is entertaining for all ages, and kids will surely enjoy Turkey’s funny costumes throughout the book. This book also presents an opportunity to have a lot of turkey fun just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving!

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giving-thanks-for-thanksgivingThanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes and Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson are great stories for introducing kids to the idea of being thankful. Thanks for Thanksgiving explores the many small things that kids may be thankful for in their lives. Bear Says Thanks tells the Thanksgiving story of Bear and his friends. While preparing a feast, Bear is sad to realize he doesn’t have food to contribute. His friends remind him why they are thankful for his company.

Fun with Franklin for Thanksgiving!

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fun-with-franklin-for-thanksgiving Franklin’s Thanksgiving by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark is a great story about celebrating Thanksgiving and sharing with those around you. Franklin and his parents are disappointed when his grandparents can’t make it for Thanksgiving dinner. They all decide that they should invite their friends from around the neighborhood who don’t have plans of their own – but they don’t mention it to each other. When Thanksgiving Day comes, the big crowd won’t fit at their table, so they come up with a new tradition! This story tells readers about harvesting fruits and vegetables, Thanksgiving preparations, and sharing the holiday with others. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Plump and Perky Turkey Fun!

plump-and-perky-turkey-funA Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman tells the story of Pete the turkey and the townspeople of Squawk Valley. The people in the town need to get a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner, so they decide to trick one into coming to town. They host a turkey themed arts and crafts festival to capture a vain turkey. Pete doesn’t want to be dinner though, and he may just outsmart the people of Squawk Valley! This story is an entertaining read aloud written in verse, and accompanied by colorful and fun illustrations. Kids will love reading about Pete again and again! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Overcoming the Election Negativity with Positive Books

overcoming-election-negativity-with-positive-booksThis election has me very worried about the state of our country and the future we’re building for our children. As adults, we are supposed to be the role models, the positive influences and the good decision makers. Yet, the news is filled with people name-calling, interrupting, and making decisions that we would not accept from our children. It may seem oversimplified to think that we can fix all of our issues by working together and being respectful. However, I believe in the impact of positivity and respect. So, to overcome the negative attitudes that kids may be absorbing during this election, I decided to find positive books about America and citizenship. These books can remind kids and parents how America can be great while showing us how we can all help to make it a better place.

Great Books for Babies!

“Why should I start reading to my baby when she can’t even understand the story?”

There is a misconception that reading to kids only revolves around the story and their understanding of it. But there are so many important reasons to read to babies, starting with the fact that they will learn from the very beginning that books are awesome! My parents read to me on my very first night home from the hospital. It was a short story out of a collection of 1 minute fairy tales. I read out of the same book on my daughter’s first night home from the hospital as well. I have read to her every night since then, and at 2 years old, she already loves to be read to and to look at books on her own.

Halloween Fun & Games

Halloween is just around the corner! There are so many awesome Halloween books to get your family excited for the holiday. In addition to these awesome stories, check out some of the best Halloween fun and games to keep your kids learning during the spooky season! These can be adapted to your child’s skill level, so kids of all ages can join in the fun!

Feed the Ghost – This is adapted from the blog Toddler Approved. The author cut a large white ghost out of paper and cut a hole for the mouth. She then cut several circles out of different colored papers. For her kids, she wrote the letters of the alphabet on the circles and spread them around the floor. When she called out a letter, the kids had to find them and “feed” them to the ghost. You could also use this game with sight words or math problems (write down the solution and call out the problem, or vice versa). To make this more entertaining and challenging for older kids, you could have them ball up the circles and try to throw them through the ghost’s mouth.