A selection of books, available at the library, to help families explore the holidays:
"I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie" by Alison Jackson: A riotous Thanksgiving takeoff on the popular cumulative tale, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." Ages 2-6
" Spy Thanksgiving" by Jean Marzollo: Simple text challenges the reader to find Thanksgiving objects hidden in the photographs. Ages 3 - 7
"One Is A Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale" by Judy Cox: After the humans eat their Thanksgiving dinner, Mouse discovers the leftovers, starting with a tiny pea. "One will be enough for me." But it doesn't stop there. Soon he's got a plate piled high and here comes the cat. Ages 6-7
"Thanksgiving Is Here!" by Diane Goode: Grandma and Grandpa prepare for a Thanksgiving celebration and each ring of the doorbell brings a crew of happy, hungry relatives, awaiting their hugs. Ages 4 - 7
"Turkey Trouble" by Wendi J. Silvano: As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Turkey nervously makes a series of costumes, disguising himself as other farm animals in hopes that he can avoid being served as Thanksgiving dinner. Ages 3 - 8
Beginning To Read
"Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey" by Herman Parish: In this chapter book for newly independent readers, Amelia Bedelia volunteers to direct the third-grade Thanksgiving play. The ditzy housekeeper manages to misinterpret every homonym and slip on every pun, creating a hilarious pageant that is wildly applauded by both children and adults. Grades 1-3
"Happy Thanksgiving" by Margaret McNamara: Just as Mrs. Connor's first-grade class finishes dressing up in their Thanksgiving costumes, a fire drill is called. Ages 4-6.
"Minnie and Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree" by Denys Cazet: All the animals in the barnyard ask the cows Minnie and Moo to hide them so that they will not become Thanksgiving dinner. Grades 1-2
"Junie B., First Grader Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten" by Barbara Park: Boisterous first-grader Junie B. Jones and her over-the-top classmates exasperate their teacher making a Thankful List for a school-wide contest, but they achieve mutual appreciation during the class Thanksgiving feast. Ages 7-8
History and Meaning of the Holiday
"1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving" by Catherine O'Neill Grace: In October of 2000, Plimoth Plantation cooperated with the Wampanoag community to stage an historically accurate reenactment of the 1621 harvest celebration. The photographs taken by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson capture the spirit of the event and bring it to life. Ages 8 - 11
"Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday" by Mike Allegra: The story of the writer and magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, who was the driving force for making Thanksgiving a national holiday. Ages 7 - 8
"Squanto's Journey The Story of the First Thanksgiving" by Joseph Bruchac: Squanto recounts how in 1614 he was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the colonists. Ages 7 - 12
"Thanksgiving Is" by Gail Gibbons: An introduction to the history and customs of Thanksgiving. Ages 4 - 8
"Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks" by Margaret Sutherland: A child lists all the things for which he is thankful, especially at Thanksgiving. Ages 2 - 4
"All New Crafts for Thanksgiving" by Kathy Ross: Provides instructions for creating a variety of Thanksgiving Day crafts, including pilgrim place cards, turkey napkin rings, cornucopia centerpieces, wreaths, puzzles, and favors.
"Crafts for Thanksgiving" by Kathy Ross: Even young children can make the easy projects in these books, using materials that are readily available. Colorful step-by-step illustrations accompany each craft.
"Thanksgiving Crafts" by Jean Eick: Through easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, this book shows readers how to make Thanksgiving crafts and decorations using everyday objects and craft materials. Activities and games are also included, as well as a brief description of the holiday.
Catherine Sarette is the children's services coordinator at the Whatcom County Library System.