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1. Barth, Edna. 1999. Turkeys, Pilgrims and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving
Symbols. New York: Sagebrush
Education Resources. ISBN:
0613301684. (Grades 1-4).
This book gives an overview of the history of several Thanksgiving Symbols such as the turkey,
cranberry and the horn of plenty.
2. Brown, Marc. 1983. Arthur's Thanksgiving. New York: Little, Brown, and Company.
ISBN: 0316110604. (Grades 1-4).
Arthur finds himself as the director of the Thanksgiving play at school. All the parts
are assigned, except the turkey. No one volunteers for the part. If you want something done right, you may need
to do it yourself. That's just what Arthur does. He holds the play together by being the director and the turkey.
Marc Brown has given us another picture fantasy book to add to our collection of the life and times of Arthur.
3. Bunting, Eve. 1988. How Many Days to America? Illus. Beth Peck. New
Clarion Books. ISBN: 0899195210. (Grades 1-4)
This is a story of refugees, in the Caribbean, who left late on night for a better life in
America. Their struggles to America included a broken boat, shot at, and left with no food, and being sent back
from shore. Keeping the faith, they continued to sail until they arrived in America on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate
4. de Groat, Diane. 2001. We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost! New York:
Books. ISBN: 1587170957. (Grades 1-4).
Late for school one morning, Gilbert has to partner up with tattle-telling Philip. While
learning about the life of the Pilgrims in Pilgrim Town, Gilbert wishes that Philip would get lost. Gilbert finds himself
locked in the restroom and Philip comes to his rescue.
A fantasy book written and illustrated with watercolor pictures, by Diane de Groat, that
brings the animals to life with a message of 'be careful what you wish for'.
5. Greenwood, Barbara. 1999. A Pioneer Thanksgiving A Story of Harvest Celebrations in
1841. Illus. by Heather Collins.
Canada: Kids Can Press Ltd. (Grades 2-5).
This nonfiction book continues the story of the Roberston family as they to
celebrate the harvesting of their crops in 1841 and prepare for the time of Thanksgiving. Along with the story, recipes
and how to make instructions are included for such Thanksgiving items as cranberry sauce and how to make a corn doll.
Beautiful black and white pictures perfectly illustrate the time period.
6. Hines, Gary. 2003. Thanksgiving in the White House. Illus. by Alexander Wallner.
York: Henry Holt & Company.
ISBN: 080506530X. (Grades 1-4).
Young Tad Lincoln, son of President Lincoln, tries to safe the life of his tame turkey, who
is destined to be the main course, at Thanksgiving in this fictionalized story. Go back in time and learn how Thanksgiving
became a National Holiday in 1863.
7. Jackson, Alison. 2002. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.
Illus. by Judith Byron
Schachner. New York: Turtleback.
ISBN: 0606255745. (Grades 1-4).
This delightful story of a Thanksgiving guest who swallows a dry pie. Low and
behold she also swallows a roll, turkey, pot, and a ten-layer cake. The ever expanding lady adds to the Thanksgiving
holiday spirit by making a surprise visit as a Thanksgiving Parade Balloon.
8. McCully, Emily Arnold. 1998. An Outlaw Thanksgiving. New York:
Dial Books. ISBN: 0803721986. (Grades
Clara Maher and her mother are stranded while taking a train from Chicago to Utah, in
1896, to meet her father. They take the kind offer of Mr. Jones to travel, by sleigh, to Brown's Hole to have a
Thanksgiving feast. Clara recognizes one of the guests as Butch Cassidy, who ends up giving her a silver dollar, but
doesn't say a word about it to her mother. After the snow clears, Clara and her mother return to the train to complete their
The beautiful illustrations, by Caldecott winner McCully, in watercolor and tempera are a
perfect match for this fictional story based on a real stories from Brown's Park.
9. Pilkey, Dav. 1990. 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. New
York: Orchard Books.
ISBN: 0531085058. (Grades 1-3).
'Twas the day before Thanksgiving' and the school children were excited to go to visit a farm. After
arriving at Mack Nuggett's farm the eight children were greeted and introduced to eight little turkeys. Once the children
learn of Farmer Nuggett's plan, they sneak the turkey's under their shirts and take them safely home.
Bright, vivid watercolor pictures with pencil add to this poetic rhyming tale of
how people and even Turkey's are thankful.
10. Rockwell, Anne. 1999. Thanksgiving Day. Illus. by Lizzy Rockwell.
New York: Harper
Collins Publishers. ISBN: 0060283882. (Grades
Through this picture book, we follow a Mrs. Madoff class as they learn about the First Thanksgiving.
Wonderful color illustrations of the children making Pilgrim hats and Indian headbands and sailing the Mayflower as they
stand up and tell what they are thankful for along said the story being told by the teacher.
This story is research based and the illustrated costumes of the children are inspired
from real children.
11. Ruelle, Karen Gray. 1999. The Thanksgiving Beast Feast. New York: Holiday
ISBN: 0823415112. (Grades 1-4).
Harry and Emily, cats, learn about the first Thanksgiving and plan
to prepare their own beast or 'best' feast for the other animals in the neighborhood. Harry and Emily have placed cranberries,
pine nuts and peanuts outside so the other animals could feast as well.
This beginner chapter book is an easily read because the words are in big
12. Smith, Anne Warren. 2003. Turkey Monster Thanksgiving. Illinois: Albert
& Company. ISBN: 0807581259. (Grades 2-5).
A heart-warming story of a divorced family trying to be normal as can be.
Katie, a fourth grader and her little brother, Tyler tries to live life the best they can with their father. Her perfect
neighbor, Claire starts describing what Thanksgiving is like at her house and it makes Katie wonder if they can have a nice
Thanksgiving instead of lounging around in pajamas until noon and making pizza to eat. Not only does Day have to work, but
Katie also invited her teacher to dinner.
This fast paced novel, a great read-aloud, is sure to touch the hearts of everyone who
reads it. It will make you become Thankful!
13. Willey, Margaret. 1998. Thanksgiving with Me. Illus. by Lloyd Bloom.
New York: Harper
Collins Publishers. ISBN: 0060271132. (Grades
This rhyming picture book is about a girl, who is has been waiting for her uncles to arrive
for Thanksgiving. She begs her mother to describe what life was like with her uncles when they were younger
as she sits staring out the window patiently.