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.
So here are a few books we’ve purchased or checked out of the library this year.
There’s a trilogy about ‘day in the life’ for a pilgrim boy, girl and Wampanoag Native American boy by Kate Waters called:
Another great Caldecott winner is The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.
Pilgrim Cat by 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.
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!