In our home, we try to take time to learn about Thanksgiving. Not only is it important to teach the kids about gratitude for God’s provision, but also Thanksgiving is an important part of our nation’s history. Today I thought I’d shard a few of our family’s favorite Thanksgiving books.
Hopefully you can find them at your library or purchase them in time to read them with your family this year.
1. Thanksgiving, A Time to Remember by Barbara Rainey
This book contains beautiful photos and drawings, lots of wonderful Scripture, and a very detailed account of the first Thanksgiving. One thing that I especially love about his book is that each page is written in two ways: small, detailed script for older kids and adults, and larger, more general script that can easily be read aloud to younger children. This format makes is useful for everyone, young, old, or in-between!
2. The Thanksgiving Story, by Alice Dalgliesh
This picture book accurately tells the story of one family during their first year in the Plymouth Colony. It is great for 3rd graders and older. Because of the beautiful, primitive pictures,we also use it as a read aloud to younger kids.
3. The First Thanksgiving, by Linda Hayward
This beautifully illustrated book is an excellent book for early readers. It is perfect for our 2nd grader to read aloud this year. My kids love being able to read a book on their own that is relevant to a current season or holiday.
4. Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims, by Clyde Robert Bulla
Did you know that Squanto spoke English because of his time spent in London? This enabled him to communicate with and help the Pilgrims in their new land. This was one of many facts that I learned from this terrific, engaging book. This book is 112 pages and perfect for stronger readers or to read aloud to your family.
Give thanks to Him;bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His loving kindness is everlasting,
And His faithfulness to all generations.
(Taken from Psalm 100, the Psalm that the Pilgrims read on November 9th, 1620, the day they spotted their new land from the Mayflower.)