20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

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Here we have a great list of Thanksgiving books for kids available on Amazon. With the kiddos getting all set for Thanksgiving surprise them with a book to read while you are doing all that cooking. Or maybe a story at bedtime. Many different age groups here. My favorite happens to be Curious George, ha ha. I always loved all the Curious George books and still do.  Surprising the kiddos with a book always encourages them to read. All of these books are found on Amazon.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George

Today is Thanksgiving and George is so excited! He loves everything about the holiday—from the parade with music, jugglers, and big balloons to the delicious turkey shared with family and friends. But even on Thanksgiving the curious little monkey manages to stir up some trouble! Follow George through his Thanksgiving adventures with the short poems in this board book. The fun, tabbed pages are perfect for little fingers! (Age Range: 3 and up)

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T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story Paperback

Little ones will love learning about Thanksgiving in Tanya Lee Stone’s newest shaped alphabet book. Join in as the elementary school puts on a play that tells the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from Harvest to Pilgrims to Turkey. (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)

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One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims

Ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls are getting ready for the harvest feast. In colonial Plymouth, the young Pilgrims hunt ducks and geese and dig up turnips and carrots. In a nearby village, the Wampanoag children dig for clams, fish for cod, and gather nuts and berries. Finally, it’s time for the meal. Turkey, cornbread, cranberry stuffing, pumpkin, and Indian pudding are all on the menu-yum! First, everyone gives thanks, and then it’s time to eat and celebrate. The simple, rhythmic text and autumn-colored illustrations are just right for sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children. (Age Range: 3 – 8 years)

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Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!…Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun. With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises, this book is sure to be a holiday favorite for every Pete the Cat fan. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

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10 Fat Turkeys

This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards. Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun! (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)

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Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks

Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together. (Age Range: 3 – 6 years)

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Biscuit Is Thankful

Biscuit is thankful for his bone, his biscuits, and lots more, too. Sweet puppy! Woof! (Age Level: 4 – 8)

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Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet

This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever! There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, and authentic cranberry sauce, the kind that doesn’t come out of a can. And desserts? There are almost too many to count. Join Nancy and her entire family as they celebrate Thanksgiving in this brand-new storybook, complete with more than thirty swanky stickers. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

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It’s Thanksgiving! (I Can Read Book 3)

It’s time for turkey! The parade is about to start. The pumpkin pie is in the oven. The whole family is gathered around the table. And everybody wants to pull the wishbone! From Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky comes a scrumptious helping of twelve Thanksgiving poems to enjoy every day of the year! (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

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The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they—and YOU—can be thankful for … including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers featuring the whole Bear family. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

Squanto

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving Hardcover

This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world. (Age Range: 5 – 10 years)

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Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement. (Age Level: 6 – 9)

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Thanksgiving Jokes

“Thanksgiving Jokes” is a feast and a “corny-copia” full of funny short jokes for kids. Each joke is about some silly aspect regarding Thanksgiving, from turkeys to pilgrims to pumpkin pie. Kids will gobble up these humorous and short jokes while they look at the funny illustrations throughout the book. Every joke features two illustrations; one for the question and one for the punchline, so each joke can be enjoyed even more. Find out what a pilgrams favorite music is, what a space turkey says, why turkeys go ‘Gobble, gobble’, and many more silly riddles. (All ages)

Mayflower

Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage

Plimoth Plantation and the National Geographic Society come together to tell the true story behind the legendary voyage of the Mayflower. A meticulously researched work, Mayflower 1620 offers children a compelling, fresh account of this much-told story. Vibrant photography of a rare reenactment using the Mayflower II leads readers imaginatively into the narrative. The vivid and informative text explores the story behind the exhibits at the living-history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Primary sources record what the voyagers wore, what they ate, and telling details of their journey. First-person accounts reveal the hopes and dreams they carried. Readers share in the long hours at sea, and in the dangers faced after landfall. Extensive end notes, a map, a detailed chronology, and a bibliography round out the full story of the Mayflower. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)

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1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)

In cooperation with the Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum in Massachusetts, National Geographic has recreated the first Thanksgiving. Photographs by National Geographic photographers of the recreation at Plimoth Plantation illustrate this book. In 1621, in a small settlement on the edge of the sea, 52 English colonists celebrated their first harvest. The colonists were joined by 90 men of the Wampanoag tribe for a gathering that was to last three days in a town now known as Plymouth. Over the centuries, there have been countless versions of this story, creating a popular myth of the first Thanksgiving. Many Americans imagine brave, peaceful settlers inviting a few wild Indians over for a turkey dinner. But there was no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce at this celebration. There were no Indians with woven blankets over their shoulders and large feathered headdresses. No pilgrims with somber black clothes and silver buckle hats either. The English didn’t even call themselves Pilgrims. This book puts aside that myth and takes a new look at our American history. It questions what we know and recovers lost voices of the Wampanoag people. True history includes the voices of all its participants. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving invites young people to read, listen, and think about our shared history. The book also features a foreword, a section on the actual reenactment and the concept of living history, a chronology, an index, and a bibliography. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)

Beaver

The Sign of the Beaver

Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac. (Age Level: 9 – 12)

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My Name Is America: The Journal Of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy

A young orphan journeys on the Mayflower to a new land full of adventure and mystery. When the crew arrives at Plymouth, they find a countryside of magnificent beauty, but also a life of harsh struggle. Jonathan strikes out on his own and forms a powerful friendship with the feared Nauset tribe. (Age Range: 9 – 12 years)

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American Documents: The Mayflower Compact

The eagerly-awaited final title in National Geographic’s popular American Documents series completes the broad sweep of the collection by casting all the way back to our country’s original document of record, the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower Compact includes: an engaging, interactive, and age-appropriate text, vetted by experts 40 pages generously illustrated with period artwork and archival photographs biographies of key figures in the document’s history the entire text of the original document and a complete list of its signatories excerpt from Mourt’s Relation, written by Edward Winslow and William Bradford, two of the colony’s founding fathers the charter of the Colony of New Plymouth Web links to further information a detailed glossary and index. (Age Range: 10 and up)

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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can’t believe his good fortune. He’s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and it’s hard to know who’s a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smith’s wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land. (Age Level: 10 and up)

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The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World

Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower! After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower’s passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower specifically for younger readers, this edition includes additional maps, artwork, and archival photos. (Age Level: 10 and up)


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Traditional Hot Cocoa Recipe

Who does not love a  traditional Hot Cocoa recipe when this cool weather hits? I can not imagine anyone not caring to enjoy a nice hot cup of Hot Cocoa to warm themselves up in the fall and winter. The cool days and nights have set in here in Cincinnati and I love asking the hubby to whip up his warm traditional warm hot cocoa recipe for all of us to enjoy. I have created quite a tradition with my kiddos. After school during the cold months I always have cups of hot chocolate ready for them to enjoy when they arrive home. If dad happens to be here, he whips up a batch of the good stuff.

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Traditional Hot Cocoa Recipe

I personally enjoy hot cocoa with a fire and a good book (or Kindle these days ha ha). For years I always just made the packaged stuff and then realized how much better traditional hot cocoa really is. Top it with some freshly whipped cream and you will feel like you are in heaven.

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INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Water
3 1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

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DIRECTIONS
Mix cocoa, sugar, salt and water in medium pan and bring to boil over medium heat.
Boil for 3 minutes.
Add milk and evaporated milk and continue stirring.
Do not let milk boil or cocoa will scald.
When temp is hot enough for your tastes, transfer to cups.
Add Whipped Cream, Marshmallows or Fluff as desired.

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If you are one who usually uses packet hot chocolate you NEED to make yourself a batch of this traditional hot cocoa. The flavor is absolutely amazing. With just a few minutes time and a few ingredients you can have “the real thing”.


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10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Here are another 10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes. Are you still trying to find the perfect Halloween costume for your child? Are you looking for something fun and festive but still hoping to remain frugal in the process? If so, take a look at 10 easy DIY Halloween Costumes you can try this year. These costumes are so easy to create and you can do them on a dime. Most of the items you need to create the costumes below can be found in your own home or at your local dollar store, so you don’t need to worry about you going broke in the process. So are you ready to get started? Here are some ideas to get you going.

10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

1. The Zoo Keeper
Dress your child in some khakis and a white shirt. Add a vest of your own or cut a simple vest from a pillowcase. Have your child carry a stuffed animal or two, as well as a name tag made from paper with the name of your local zoo on it.

2. The Pirate
Head to your local dollar store where eye patches and bandanas can be found. Wear a pair of ripped jeans and a white torn up shirt, add the eye patch and bandana over the head, and complete the look with some mascara on the face for facial hair. You can even pin a bird to the shoulder if you wish.

3. The Scientist
A white lab coat or white adult’s dress shirt is all you need to make your little guy or gal look like a scientist. Frizz their hair for a mad scientist look. Allow them to hold some test tubes or mixing vials as the perfect accessories.

4.  Underwater Explorer
Your child’s swimsuit and a snorkel set from the local dollar store is all you need to create an underwater explorer. Add some fake greenery to their back to look like sea weed or allow them to carry around a sea shell as the perfect accessory.

5. The Gold Medalist
A track suit and some fake gold medals from your local dollar store are all you need to make the perfect gold medalist. You can even let them hold a traditional bouquet of flowers to complete the look.

6.  A Box of Candy
Where a colorful sweat suit and pin a variety of colorful balloons to it. Add a balloon to a headband and wear that as a head piece. Add some colorful make up on the cheeks. The final result is what looks like a box of gumballs.

7. The Scarecrow
Dress your child in a flannel shirt along with some ripped up jeans. Stuff the inside of the clothing with rags or newspaper for a bunched up look like a scarecrow would have. Add some freckles and patchwork shapes to the face with an eyeliner. Top the look off with a large, fun hat and plenty of straw tucked here and there.

8. The Vet
Find some basic doctor accessories at your local dollar store. A stethoscope will do. Wear a white lab coat or oversized white button up shirt. Top the look off with plenty of stuffed animals, a clipboard, and a name tag.

9. A Flower Garden
Wear a colorful leotard or sweat suit covered with pinned on vines of greenery as found at your local dollar store. Glue flowers to a headband for a head piece. You can then add more flowers around the wrist and even on the toes of their shoes. Finish with some colorful face make up and a watering can.

10. The Cheerleader
Find pom poms and a mega phone at the local dollar store. Wear a simple t-shirt with the child’s school name on it or make your own by gluing on a felt letter for the school. Wear a simple skirt, sweatpants, or leggings, and use eyeliner to write some words such as “Go team” on the child’s cheek to finish the look.

As you can see, you don’t need to go broke in order to dress your child in some fun and creative costumes. You can create all of these looks in no time and with very little cash, making this a Halloween you are sure to enjoy and remember. Happy haunting! Still looking for additional DIY Easy Halloween Costumes? If so see another 10 Ideas I have for you here.


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