Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and reflection, and what better way to impart the essence of this holiday to your children than through captivating stories? Here are some delightful children’s books that weave the narrative of the Thanksgiving story, making learning about history an engaging experience.
“The Story of the Pilgrims” by Katharine Ross
This beautifully illustrated book provides a vivid account of the Pilgrims’ journey on the Mayflower and their struggles in the New World. The narrative introduces children to the challenges faced by the Pilgrims and the friendship they formed with the Native Americans.
“Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving” by Laurie Halse Anderson
This empowering book introduces young readers to Sarah Hale, the woman who tirelessly advocated for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday. Through Sarah’s determination and heartfelt letters, children learn about the history and significance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving” by Joseph Bruchac
This captivating book follows the incredible journey of Squanto, a Native American who played a crucial role in the survival of the Pilgrims. Children will be enthralled by Squanto’s adventures and his pivotal role in the first Thanksgiving celebration.
“The First Thanksgiving” by Linda Hayward
Part of the Step-Into-Reading series, this book is perfect for early readers. It presents a simplified yet engaging version of the Thanksgiving story, making it accessible for young children while retaining its historical significance.
“Bear Says Thanks” by Karma Wilson
In this whimsically illustrated book, Bear wants to host a feast for his friends but realizes he has nothing to contribute. As each friend brings something to share, the story unfolds into a delightful tale of friendship and gratitude, embodying the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Reading these enchanting stories with your children not only imparts historical knowledge but also fosters a love for storytelling and a deeper understanding of the values associated with Thanksgiving. Lake Forrest Prep is committed to giving your child a valued education through reading! Schedule a tour with us!