*This post originally appeared on KellyWiggains.com on November 1, 2013.
As you recover from your trick-or-treating candy hangover this morning, I wanted to recommend some Thanksgiving books and movies we love reading and watching every November. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I spend the whole month talking about thankfulness and gratitude with my kids. You can find most of these books at your local library:
This richly illustrated book about the first Thanksgiving will appeal to any child. The artistry is beautiful, and each page offers your pre-schoolers a chance to count. Along the way, the accompanying verse ties together the historical sections of the First Thanksgiving. I can’t recommend this one enough.
I love the illustrations in this book, and the text is perfect for bedtime. November is the gateway to winter, when nature goes to sleep. The book features different parts of nature and how each prepares for winter, including families celebrating Thanksgiving together.
This book tells the history of Tony Sarg, the man who brought the giant balloons/upside down puppets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Check out this review and free printable Parade Unit Study to pair with the book at The Library Adventure by Jill, the Enchanted Homeschool Mom.
Following “The House that Jack Built” format, this book provides a story in reverse of how the first Thanksgiving meal came together. “These are the Pilgrims who farmed the new land,/ who steadfastly labored and toiled by hand,/ and learned from the Indians, skillful and strong.”
This book is funny and silly, perfect for any age. It explores the antics of Peter the Turkey, the only turkey in Squawk Valley vain enough to show up in the town square so close to Thanksgiving. However, the townspeople soon find Peter has a few tricks up his feathers, too.
Although The Great Pumpkin and the A Charlie Brown Christmas are more popular, don’t discount the Peanuts’ gang in offering a lively and entertaining tale about Thanksgiving. My kids love watching Snoopy and Woodstock make an unexpected Thanksgiving dinner of popcorn, candy, and toast. Along with the original special, the Charlie Brown cast also does a fantastic retelling of the first Thanksgiving in “The Mayflower Voyages.”