For infants and toddlers who are still celebrating their first Thanksgivings, the finger puppet book, Little Turkey, is a great first introduction. It’s a sturdy board book that is colorful and simple for young children to follow. They will enjoy watching the turkey puppet’s head wobble around on every page. And little fingers will easily be able to turn the pages and even try to move the turkey too!
The story centers around a little yellow and orange turkey who prepares for the arrival of fall by smelling flowers, watching a mouse gather corn and thanking others!
Published by Chronicle Books (2010)
Ages infant to toddler
For every kid (and parent) that has been to New York on Thanksgiving Day, perhaps watched the Macy’s parade on television or just heard about the hustle and bustle of the holiday in this city, Ankle Soup by Maureen Sullivan will not disappoint. The story is told by a bulldog, Carlos, who sets out on a New York City adventure the morning of Thanksgiving. He beautifully captures the sights and sounds of the people and places he sees along the way from his view of the world – ankle high of course. In the end, Carlos reminds us all to be grateful on this Thanksgiving Day as he certainly doesn’t take any of his experiences for granted.
Parents and kids will have fun reading the rhythmic style of this story out loud and gazing at the beautifully illustrated pictures.
Published by MoJo InkWorks (2008)
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan & Mike Berenstain is for every child that has something for which to be thankful. The popular bear family does not disappoint in telling an entertaining and endearing story, while teaching children about the traditions of the holiday.
When the bear family are given a turkey named Squanto in exchange for delivering some furniture to farmer Ben, Papa Bear is excited about the thought of Squanto on the Thanksgiving table. But Sister Bear thinks Squanto is a beautiful turkey and wants to keep him as a pet. “Turkeys just don’t make good pets,” Papa insists. But that’s not enough to convince Sister. So as Thanksgiving draws near, Sister keeps her mind off of Squanto as she prepares for the big day and sets off to write a play about the holiday that she will perform with her Brother for the entire family. When Thanksgiving finally arrives she has lots to be thankful for but will that include a new pet or will Squanto end up as part of Thanksgiving dinner?
Published by Zonderkidz (2009)