Sunday, November 17, 2013

More Top Ten Thanksgiving Books for Kids & Graphic Organizers FREEBIE

Earlier in the week I had the opportunity to guest blog over at my friend's Tasha's blog. I shared my Top Ten Thanksgiving books for kids.  Click the button below to read my post:
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I am here today with a second helping of Thanksgiving books!  Whether you are looking for a new picture book, nonfiction selection, or poetry, I've got you covered. I have included my favorites and ask followers on Facebook page to share theirs as well. 

Click the pictures below each title to see the listing on Amazon, to take a peek inside the book, and to read a detailed summary and review. Most of these books are available at the local library and through Scholastic Book Clubs as well as on Amazon.

Ten MORE Thanksgiving Books for Kids!

  •  Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne~Jack and Annie go back in time to celebrate the first Thanksgiving.  They even get to help prepare the feast!

  • A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman~The townspeople of Squawk Valley need a turkey for Thanksgiving. They come up with a creative plan to lure a turkey into their town.

  • Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas~Based on a true story, this story from American history tells the story of Squanto and the spiritual background of the first Thanksgiving.

  • Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes~A sweet picture book perfect for toddlers up through first grade.  Written in a simple and predictable text pattern with vibrant pictures and a message of how important family is.

  • Balloons Over Broadway  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet~ A fascinating account of Tony Sarg, the inventor of the famous "upside down" puppets.

  • Pete the Cat  The First Thanksgiving by James Dean~Pete is starring in the school play about the first Thanksgiving! A "lift the flap" book, this cool story is sure to be a hit with preschoolers and older.

  • How Many Days to America?  A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting~ A beautiful story of a family who must flee their home on a Caribbean island and set sail for America.  A Thanksgiving story for any time of the year!

  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson~ No list of Thanksgiving books is complete without this classic story! Rhyme, repetition, and a humorous story of traditional holiday foods!

  • T is For Turkey  A True Thanksgiving Story by Tanya Lee Stone~An alphabet book done in rhyme that tells the Thanksgiving story.  Preschool and kindergarten students will love it!

  • 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving~ by Dave Pilkey~ Modeled after the classic Christmas story, this Thanksgiving story tells the story of how a group of children saved the turkeys.  A great comparison to Natasha Wing's The Night Before Thanksgiving.

In case you missed this, I have developed a sample-pack FREEBIE for you to use with your students as they interact with a text, respond to their reading, or for you to use as an assessment.  Click the picture below to download a few of my Thanksgiving themed reader response graphic organizers. They can be used with any fiction text!

You can find the complete set of Thanksgiving graphic organizers for fiction in my TpT store here.  I also have organizers for Thanksgiving nonfiction/informational reading  here.


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  1. You've listed so many wonderful books. I especially love Thanksgiving on Thursday! Thanks for the graphic organizers. I plan to use the turkey for main idea this week. :)

    Read With Me ABC

    1. You are very welcome and please let me know how your students do with the turkey organizer! :-) Lauren

  2. Yay! Thank you, for sharing! I love The Plump and Perky Turkey! :)

    Teaching With Hope

    1. You are so welcome! There are so many more Thanksgiving books than there used to be! :-) Lauren

  3. I love talking books, and your list is fabulous. I just bought Pete the Cat a few weeks ago. I also bought two great Cynthia Rylant books-Scarecrow and In November. I know you'd love them. Thanks for sharing.
    Carla @ Comprehension Connection

    1. Thank you, Carla! I need to check out Rylant's books... my 6 yr old is on a Henry and Mudge kick right now. Love it! :-) Lauren


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