Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays where families can sit down and be thankful just to be with each other. Toddlers and preschoolers can learn more about this holiday by reading age appropriate books with colorful pictures. Here are three books that will help teach toddlers and preschoolers from where this holiday came, what everyone does on this day, and why it is celebrated.
The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene
This is a fantastic read for any family that enjoys learning history. The Very First Thanksgiving Day takes readers back to Plymouth, Massachusetts, to the place where Thanksgiving began. With beautiful paintings by Susan Gaber, and easy-to-read paragraphs that rhyme, children will enjoy listening to a bit of history about this day.
The book begins with, “This is the very first Thanksgiving Day.” From there it goes on to explain what was eaten, who was there, where it was, and from where the pilgrim’s came. It ends the same as it began, telling readers the story in reverse. The whole book is written in ryhme, and each page has a painting of a Thanksgiving scene to describe the event.
The Very First Thanksgiving Day is a good book to introduce to young children. Children will learn some history and be able to see what the first Thanksgiving may have been like.
Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
This is a cute book about a child who explains Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks. The story begins with the family gathering for food and fun, and then the child goes on to list what he is thankful for.
The book is illustrated by Sonja Lamut, and the story is extremely simple to read. Toddlers and preschoolers will be able to understand the simple sentences and the main theme of the book easily.
After reading the book, parents and children can tell each other what they are thankful for. Parents can help the children understand the theme of this book by offering them a chance to give thanks.
Overall, this is an easy to read book with lots of fall and Thanksgiving scenery. Children will be able to learn what it means to be thankful, and learn more about this holiday.
Let’s Celebrate God’s Blessings on Thanksgiving by Lisa Caldwell
Let’s Celebrate God’s Blessings on Thanksgiving is a great mix of history and modern Thanksgiving traditions. It includes Bible verses on giving thanks and remembering from where blessings come.
The book is illustrated by Priscilla Burris, and the illustrations go along with the story perfectly. The story begins with the Pilgrim’s coming to America and celebrating a bountiful harvest with their new found friends. It then goes on to describe how people normally celebrate Thanksgiving today.
The story alternates between past and presnt, and includes Bible verses to go along with each Thanksgiving tradition shown. This book would be good for any Christian home that wants their young children to understand the history and the reasons for celebrating Thanksgiving.
The last page of the book includes tips on how to encourage children to be thankful on Thanksgiving. It is a good story, with good values, and a good book for any Christian home.
All of these books are easily available at amazon and local book stores, and children will be happy to learn the history of Thanksgiving: what to be thankful for, how to be thankful, and the overall importance of why there is a day of Thanksgiving.
Rhonda Gowler Greene, The Very First Thanksgiving Day (New York: Aladdin Paperbacks).
Margaret Sutherland, Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks (New York: Gosset & Dunlap, 2000).
Lisa Caldwell, Let’s Celebrate God’s Blessings on Thanksgiving (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing, 2002).