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Thanksgiving

Sometimes it feels like the world teaches us to ask for more, more, more, leaving many with the feeling that they never have enough. Thanksgiving teaches us that there is no greater pleasure than sharing a good meal with friends and family. Do your part to bring pleasure to every day by feeding young minds with some of these delicious books and Thanksgivnig activities:

Turkey Mobile! Talk with your children about the different vegetables they might eat during the Holiday season. Have them draw and color pictures of their favorite veggies and hang them with yarn from a big picture of a delicious Turkey dinner!

You Look Gourd-geous! Stop at the nearest grocer's and collect some small inexpensive gourds. The children will have a blast drawing funny faces on them with colored Sharpie markers.

Read I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Cumulative books are great for improving memory skills. Sit in a circle with your group and have the first person say one thing they want to eat for Thanksgiving. The next person will say something they like, plus the person's before them. As you go around the circle, each child will have to remember the growing list of favorite foods!

Sing some Thanksgiving songs! Start this holiday season with some songs. Songs, rhymes and music help children with their phonological awareness (the ability to hear the small sounds that make up the larger sound of a word). This skill is crucial to learning how to read. So just sing, sing a song or read one.

Five Little Turkeys
5 little turkeys by the barn door (hold up open hand)
1 saw some corn and then there were 4 (fold down one finger)
4 little turkeys flew up a tree (fly 4 fingers into the air)
1 fell down and then there were 3 (one finger falls to the ground)
3 little turkeys gobbled as they do (hold up 3 fingers)
A dog chased 1 and then there were 2 (left hand chases 1 finger on right hand)
2 little turkeys strutting in the sun (hold up 2 fingers)
The wind came along and then there was 1 (make wind movement with left hand)
1 little turkey began to run (1 finger runs)
For he saw the farmer and now there are none. (left hand grabs right hand)

Thanksgiving Day (tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star")
Pick the corn and pick the beans,
Pick the squash and other greens
It is harvest time you see
Come and share a feast with me.
Bring your family out to play,
We'll call this Thanksgiving Day.


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Amazon Says: Station 1 is always a busy place. When there aren't fires to put out there are plenty of chores to do. And on Thanksgiving Day there's a big feast to prepare. Lou is in charge of dinner this year, but just as they finish shopping, a call comes in. They drop everything to get to the fire. Other calls interrupt Lou's cooking throughout the day, and it looks like there may not be a Thanksgiving dinner for these firefighters. Luckily, the grateful families in their neighborhood show their thanks in a thoughtful, perfect way. This heart-warming story about dedicated firefighters and their appreciative community is illustrated with stunning, dramatic paintings. less...
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Amazon Says: Children have binged on this riotous takeoff on the popular “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” for the last decade. This delicious romp by the author of The Ballad o more...
Amazon Says: Children have binged on this riotous takeoff on the popular “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” for the last decade. This delicious romp by the author of The Ballad of Valentine and the illustrator who created Skippyjon Jones would make a unique and unforgettable hostess gift. less...
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Amazon Says: Come along with these Pilgrim and Wampanoag boys and girls to a wonderful harvest feast! One little, two little, three little Pilgrims Hunt for ducks, rabbits and geese... more...
Amazon Says: Come along with these Pilgrim and Wampanoag boys and girls to a wonderful harvest feast! One little, two little, three little Pilgrims Hunt for ducks, rabbits and geese... One little, two little, three little Wampanoag Gather nuts, berries and squash Everyone has a job to do Before it's time to celebrate! In B.G. Hennessy's simple, rhythmic picture book, children witness daily life in the Plymouth colony and the village of their Wampanoag neighbors. From planting crops of corn and beans to fishing for oysters, clams, and cod, Pilgrims and Wampanoag work hard to provide for the long winter ahead. Then it's time to give thanks and celebrate! Author's and illustrator's notes provide background for B. G. Hennessy's read-aloud text and Lynne Cravath's engaging illustrations, making this a delightful way to learn history. less...
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Amazon Says: In this hilarious modern spoof of a favorite holiday song, the trip to Grandfather's house is no peaceful sleigh ride! more...
Amazon Says: In this hilarious modern spoof of a favorite holiday song, the trip to Grandfather's house is no peaceful sleigh ride! less...
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Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-Lisa
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Amazon Says: A young boy uses his hands, paint, sequins, and everything imaginable to make beautiful turkeys in his picture. Soon his imagination takes over, and the turkeys take on a life of their own. But Foxy the fox is on the prowl. How can the boy hold tight to the turkeys he loves and keep them safe from harm? A child's voice and bright bold artwork capture the sweetness and humor in this warmhearted story. less...
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The Thanksgiving Bowl by Virginia Kroll
Amazon Says: When Grandma Grace's Thanksgiving bowl topples off the table and into the lives of others, it becomes a useful found object for all who encounter it. From one Thanksgiving to more...
Amazon Says: When Grandma Grace's Thanksgiving bowl topples off the table and into the lives of others, it becomes a useful found object for all who encounter it. From one Thanksgiving to the next, the bowl makes its way upstream and downstream, through sandboxes and snowstorms, carrying goodwill and offering creative inspiration. By the time it makes its way back to Grandma Grace's backyard, it has been a vessel of gratitude for many creatures, echoing and fulfilling its original purpose-holding the annual "I Am Thankful For" lists of the family. less...
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Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell
Amazon Says: For the class play, Charlie is the ship called the Mayflower. He says, "I told how I was thankful that I tossed and rolled, and tossed and rolled some more, but didn't sink in more...
Amazon Says: For the class play, Charlie is the ship called the Mayflower. He says, "I told how I was thankful that I tossed and rolled, and tossed and rolled some more, but didn't sink in the big waves far out at sea." In this early-picture-book companion to Show & Tell Day and Halloween Day, mother-and-daughter team Anne and Lizzy Rockwell celebrate the spirit of friendship and giving that started with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people on the first Thanksgiving Day. less...
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Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman
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Amazon Says: Percy Isaac Gifford's Official Thanksgiving Decree: I officially command you to eat EVERYTHING you see! Percy knows just what to do to get the most out of this delicious holiday. And so will you if you follow his ten simple rules. From "the early bird gets the turkey" to "life is sweeter when you eat sweets," his rules will help you eat your way through the big meal. But is there more to Thanksgiving than stuffed turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows? See how Percy discovers the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday. less...
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Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim
Amazon Says: In this exuberant Thanksgiving story, a little girl goes on a last-minute errand for her mother. Along the way, she thanks all the familiar things she loves—her warm boots, t more...
Amazon Says: In this exuberant Thanksgiving story, a little girl goes on a last-minute errand for her mother. Along the way, she thanks all the familiar things she loves—her warm boots, the song of the birds, the pretty clouds in the November sky. And when she gets home from her errand, her family thanks her for what she has brought. David Milgrim’s spare, repetitive text and colorful, contemporary illustrations are perfect for beginning readers, and leave no doubt about how much there is in the world to be thankful for! less...
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This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine
Amazon Says: Max is excited about the big turkey he has picked out for his family's Thanksgiving dinner. He and his sister help prepare the fixings, and soon his friends and relatives brin more...
Amazon Says: Max is excited about the big turkey he has picked out for his family's Thanksgiving dinner. He and his sister help prepare the fixings, and soon his friends and relatives bring their own dishes and merriment. At last, it's time to bring in Max's turkey. But watch out! Mom steps on a toy car and the turkey goes flying--landing in the fishtank! How can there be Thanksgiving without a turkey? less...
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