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Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving: The True Story
Written by Penny Colman
Henry Holt
Age Range 10-16 years

Hey folks.  Picture Book Thursday is coming early this week.  (I’m hoping that will distract you from realizing that today’s pick is not a picture book.) When you’re done partaking, head on over to your local library or bookstore and pick up a copy of Penny Colman’s Thanksgiving: The True Story.  She has packed this nonfiction book with everything from a chart and map tracking the competing claims of the first Thanksgiving to all 12 verses of the Thanksgiving song "Over the River and Through the Woods".  This book is a super resource for teachers as well as an interesting read for young history aficionados. Colman also has a wonderful blog where she offers some ideas for using her book to teach Thanksgiving.

And so you don't feel completely cheated of picture books this week, here are a few lists of Thanksgiving picture books:
Penny Colman's favorite Thanksgiving books for kids
ReadingRockets.org recommended Thanksgiving picture books

Use your copy machine to enlarge some of the photos and engravings to use in class.  Have students talk about what they think is happening in the pictures, before providing them with the captions.

OK, you can go back to your cooking now.  Make sure you have enough gravy and use some elbow grease to get those lumps out!



With such strong, positive messages, these books are an immense improvement in the genre of young adult literature. They are definitely not the quality of Jane Austen or C. S. Lewis, but certainly aim higher than Harry Potter. I suggest that we allow our older teens to read them.

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