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Thanksgiving Read-Aloud Resources

If you’re anything like me, about 1-2 weeks before a holiday you’re like, “Oh, I should probably focus on that a bit.”  And most of our focus is done through living books and a couple hands on (easy for mom) activities.  So when a friend whom I loved, and was a former classical history teacher, answered a “what books do you like for Thanksgiving” probe on Facebook, I was all about it.

I actually turned it into a 2pm daily post on our Facebook Community at Worthy of Our Calling.  And now I’m continuing on with posts daily about great, quick (or not-so-quick) read alouds.  Would love for you to join us over there.

So now, let’s talk turkey day books.  Which ones do you love?  Do you place an importance truthfulness in your home?  Do you like cutesy?  Do you want faith-based, fact-based, both?  Anything?

I like our tastes have changed as our kids have aged and we’ve gone to a more Charlotte Mason approach of living books in our homeschool.  We still have the cutesy Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin, Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Feast, and Happy Thanksgiving Biscuit from when we had just tiny kiddos.  But now, especially while studying the middle ages now in history, and learning a little more about the real Christopher Columbus, my kids have been wanting for more.  Last year, we were separated on Thanksgiving as Eric and the big 3 travelled home and Judah and I were left in Uganda.  Years past Thanksgiving has been a somewhat ‘family reunion’ for my mom’s side of the family at my grandparents or uncles homes.  So my kids know it’s special and one of my favorite holidays.  As I mentioned last year, it’s a blessing to know that Thanksgiving really is God-ordained.

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So here are a few books we’ve purchased or checked out of the library this year.

thanksgiving books for read aloud resources

There’s a trilogy about ‘day in the life’ for a pilgrim boy, girl and Wampanoag Native American boy by Kate Waters called:

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy

Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl, and 

Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times.

Another great Caldecott winner is The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.   The Thanksgiving Story

Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock is another super cute read about a stray cat found on the voyage over on the Mayflower and the friendship that then entails between it and a girl onboard.

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac is one I hear about often, and have it requested from the library, but haven’t actually received it yet!  I’m excited to see how this one portrays the holiday from another perspective.  

Well, those are just a few book suggestions.  The great news is we can be thankful each day!  I have created a simple PDF download for you to keep track of the things you and your kids are thankful for in this holiday season.  It even includes a short devo at the top pulled from my post last year.

Feel free to download and use, we are excited to start offering a few more fun things to our tribe of readers!

Advent Season with Books

Last year when we were in Uganda, I read a post from Sara Hagerty (who wrote Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, my favorite book from all of 2014), about how each December 1st they give each of their children a different book to read during Advent and as they collect them each year, they are able to have a library of beautifully written and illustrated advent books to set out during the month of December. I knew returning home would be so hard and such a shock and we’d forgo a lot of our Christmas traditions. But this I thought I could do! We always collect beautiful books and this was such a neat idea. So I purchased a few last year and plan to do so again (thank God for amazon prime) :-). So, without further adieu I thought I’d share the few we have read/own here and the ones we will purchase.  And if you don’t already follow us on our Facebook page, do so!  We are posting a daily 2pm book suggestion and this next week will be some of these great books as reminders!

Advent Book Suggestions

First we have The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt. This is one of my favorite books! These three trees turn into the three crosses that Jesus and the 2 criminals were crucified on. What I love is that it isn’t traditional. It’s an Easter book, but it helps us point our children toward why He came: to be the savior of the world.  That was always the plan.

Christmas Day in the Morning The illustrations alone in this book about a boy finding love as the perfect gift for his father, are worth the price.  A great reminder for us all.

One Wintry Night This book by Ruth Bell Graham is a great depiction of the whole story.  A boy is injured and finds a cabin to seeks refuge during a storm and hears the Christmas story for the first time. But this story starts with creation and ends all the way at the resurrection.

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones – this one is by the same author as the Jesus Storybook Bible and yes, it is just as good and just as beautifully illustrated!

No “Great Advent Book List” would be complete without Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas. I love this book, I also purchased this last year to have an easy advent season. One where we read a passage each day and just reflect on the gift that was truly Christ.

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