Thanksgiving is almost here yet again, and I know most of us (including our children) are anxiously awaiting the wonderful feast that we all get to consume on this favorite holiday. Most of us have tried to teach our little one about the true meaning of Thanksgiving, which as we all know, can be a bit difficult for our little ones to truly understand. If you fall into this category like me, why not try an easier way of helping your children to understand the deeper meaning of this significant holiday.
Why not read some wonderful yet very informative books to you little ones and see just how much their little minds will absorb and how much better they will be able to comprehend the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Below, I have listed my top five favorite books all dealing with and discussing the significance of this joyous holiday.
“P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet” by Carol Crane
This educational and beautifully illustrated book is for children of all ages. From toddlers to elementary aged children, everyone will enjoy an informative and artistically captivating journey into the history and lore of Thanksgiving. I found this book to be very thorough and entertaining at the same time due to its accurate dates and facts of early settlers who developed the foundations of America, to the silly rhymes used to describe the person, place or thing being described by the author.
“Sara Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl” by Kate Waters
This book, for ages preschool through elementary, is one of my personal favorites. Not only was it very informative, but it was very realistic as well. The text and pictures in the book tell the reader about the day-to-day life of a normal Pilgrim girl. It shows and describes the clothing that was worm by pilgrims at that time, the homes they lived in, as well as the hard work that everyone was required to do. Read this to your children and you will capture their undivided attention from the very first page.
“I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie” by Alison Jackson
What a wonderful and humorous book to share with your child- from toddler all the way up to elementary ages. This is the funny twist to the old story “I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly”, but instead is about an old woman who swallowed a Thanksgiving Pie-that was really too dry. Page by page the woman eats more and more, which of course makes her grow fatter and fatter. The book ends with an unexpected, yet amusing contribution from the Old Woman. Trust me-Your children will love it!
“If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620” by Ann McGovern
Here is yet another one for specifically for toddlers on up to elementary children. This one is a bit different though, as if it written in a question / answer style. Your children will learn all about the Pilgrims that sailed over to America on the Mayflower in 1620, as well as all about there first year living here. Sticking to its informative and educational nature, this book answers questions like why the Pilgrims chose to leave England to come to America, what they brought with them on the Mayflower, as well as the many hardships they endured. I loved this book because it related to our little ones who are so full of curious wonder, and always want an answer to their endless questions.
“Molly’s Pilgrim” by Barbara Cohen
This delightful book is great for children ages 4-8 because it teaches them that it is ok to be different. It is about a young Russian Jewish immigrant girl named Molly. Molly feels that she will never fit in here in America. All of her classmates make fun of her and tease her daily. As the story goes on, Molly learns that her mother is a Pilgrim who came to America for religious freedom. The lessons taught throughout this book teach Molly, as it will teach your children, the ability to empathize with others as well as gaining a greater appreciation for pilgrims in America.
By spending a bit of quality time reading one of these, or any other books with your children this holiday season, you will be giving them the best gift of all-hours of entertainment as well as memories that you will all cherish and share for the rest our your lives.