Thanksgiving Books to read in 2017

Thanksgiving Books to read in 2017

What is Thanksgiving? These short reviews of Thanksgiving books will give you a little bit of learning about our history. Know why we are celebrating Thanksgiving and what it can mean for you.  Several are children’s books but adults will enjoy the pictures and clear information.

5 Thanksgiving Books to Read in 2017 – for adults and children

1. The First Thanksgiving Feast – Joan Wilkins Anderson, George Ancona (Illustrator)

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This book takes you back in history to the first First Thanksgiving. The original pictures and illustrations taken at the Plimoth Plantation give you an image of how the society looked back then.  The “interviews” with the Pilgrims give this book an aura of authenticity. The First Thanksgiving Feast is a must read for children but not only. Adults who want to learn more about the Mayflower, pilgrims and how the tradition on Thanksgiving started should also read this book, as it gives you essential information and and an easy visual aid.

2. Don’t Know Much about Pilgrims – Kenneth C. Davis

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Don’t Know Much about Pilgrims is a children’s book about Thanksgiving, Pilgrims and colonization. It teaches children about the life of young pilgrims, how they dressed, what they ate and they did in their spare time. Davis writes an interesting history of the first voyagers to the US and keeps the children interested through images and colloquial language. Your children (and you) will enrich their vocabulary with the Thanksgiving book.  It also has quizzes, which help your child to stay engaged and learn better. Every home library should have this book.  It is highly entertaining for children and adults alike.

3. Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols – Edna Barth (Author),‎ Ursula Arndt (Illustrator)

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Why do Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving? Why do we have colored corn, pumpkin pies and corns overflowing with fruit on the table at this time of year? Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn explains the symbolism of this holiday and the stories behind the food and decorations specific to Thanksgiving. It also gives you insight on how the Pilgrims lived during the time they came to the United States. This is a children’s book, even though the subject may seem a bit complicated.

The author incorporates the meaning of everything in beautiful and attractive stories. Adults will also enjoy this book for the stories and explanation about why and how Thanksgiving has become the holiday we cherish so much.

4. 1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving – Catherine O’Neill Grace

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The National Geographic book 1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving gives a new perspective to the reader. It talks about the native people that lived in Plymouth before the arrival of the Mayflower.  Whilst 1621 is the year everything changed for them, but everyone remembers it as the beginning of a wonderful holiday. This is a photoessay, so you get a clear picture of the three day harvest celebration that happened in 1621. Even though it is marketed as a children’s book, adults will enjoy it too, because of the well documented and balanced history that focuses on the native tribe, not on the English colonists.

5. Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience – Melanie Kirkpatrick

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Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience is a study of rites, rituals and history that mark this American holiday. The author doesn’t only write about Thanksgiving’s history, but what it meant for the American society. She follows the development of this holiday from its beginnings until the current day. Kirkpatrick talks about recipes, family dynamic and football, as all have been influenced by Thanksgiving. This book is more a social study than a history, as it follows the society during this holiday. If you want to know more about this holiday of gratitude, you must read this book.

Kids Books: 12 Best Books For Children to Read

Kids Books: 12 Best Books For Children to Read

Anyone who appreciates the importance of books and why reading is important, passing on this tradition to a child is an important and difficult task.

There are some amazing kids books to get children interested in reading, and the children’s books on this list are the best books to get your young one fascinated with the world of literature.

1. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

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Fern Arable has always been an animal lover. However, she had never saved a pig from an untimely injustice until the day she learned that her father planned on shooting a runt, just because he had been too small. Begging her father for a chance to save the little oinker, Fern wins the battle, and is given the opportunity to raise the wriggling piglet as her own.

2. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe story follows the journey of Milo, a boy bored of everything around him. One day he receives a mysterious package that turns out to be a tollbooth. For lack of anything better to do, he puts it together and begins to play, only to find himself driving in an entirely different world.

3. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein 

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe Giving Tree is a beautiful book about a tree who loves a little boy. In the beginning, the love the two share is enough to make them both happy. As the boy grows older, his needs change and the tree gives him everything in order to help him achieve happiness. When the boy is gone and the tree is left with nothing, she is happy, but not really.

Eventually the boy returns and the tree has nothing left to give, but the boy has changed and no longer wants anything from the tree other than the companionship they once shared, and both are happy once again.

4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

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(As featured in 14 Best Books of the 20th Century)

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenBeatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors of all time. Youngsters love the naughty rabbit who is always getting into scrapes and the beautiful but simple illustrations are timeless masterpieces.

6. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe book nicely balances the child’s need for imaginative thinking with a sense of limits, and the pleasures of home. The illustrations clearly make this kids book great by providing a launch pad for this imaginary place. This is one of the kids books that will bond you with your child for the rest of your lives.

7. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss

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This children’s book has been around for such a very long time and it is still going strong. Aside from the simple words, the book portrays a very important message – do not be afraid to try new things. A very important message portrayed in a simple way for all kids to understand.

8. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams 

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe Velveteen Rabbit is beautiful. The Rabbit who yearns to be Real and whose love for the boy was unconditional is both imaginative and sad.

9. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne

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Unlike the modern Disney tales, the original Pooh stories aren’t vehicles for teaching lessons or imparting values. Instead, the original stories about the adventures of the Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are simply delightful tales about well-meaning, though slightly addle-brained characters. One of the best kids books for many generations and its still going strong.

10. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Kids Books Best Books For Children(As featured in 8 Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages)

The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. “In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey,” the narrator recalls. “Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket.” And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator’s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.

11. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass – Lewis Carroll

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(As featured in 8 Outstanding Classic Books Which Are Easy To Read)

The classic children’s book about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Reading the Alice kids books as an adult is quite a different experience than it is as a child. The books’ complexity really stands out on a careful reading. In fact, what are generally regarded as children’s stories can be amazingly frustrating to read due to the complexity of the language and the almost constant stream of puns that are sometimes lost on a modern audiences.

12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenRoald Dalh’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stands at the top of the heap when it comes to children’s books. This is a pure classic of imagination, storytelling and magic. Far superior to the film, the book tells the story from Charlie Bucket’s point of view.