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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Books For Boys: Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving Picture Book Round-up

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For me, there's just something about a holiday that is all about spending time with family and friends and saying thank you for all of the blessings we've received throughout the year.

One of the ways I use my super mommy powers to shape the minds and hearts of my children is through the picture books we read.  Not only are they entertaining, but I love that I can impart wisdom into their growing brains just by reading and discussing a story.  Which brings us to our Thanksgiving book collection.  I purposely hide away our seasonal books so they are always fresh when the holiday rolls around.  There are so many humorous Thanksgiving picture books, many of which revolve around a rebellious Thanksgiving turkey, but I like to balance these with those that delve into the history and meaning behind the holiday.

Turkey Approved:

10 Fat Turkeys
Turkey Trouble
'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving
Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey
A Turkey For Thanksgiving
Turk and Runt
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie

Historically or Culturally Based:

This First Thanksgiving Day
If You Were At The First Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Then and Now
Balloons Over Broadway
Thanks For Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving Story

The Attitude of Gratitude:

Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks
Bear Says Thanks
What Is Thanksgiving
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
The Memory Cupboard

Our most favorite Thanksgiving picture book this year is Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman.  Even though my boys are just touching the surface of the boyhood phenomenon of "I'm growing at the speed of light and must eat every ten minutes", they already appreciate the underlying theme of Thanksgiving which all people of the male species seem to rally behind:  Thanksgiving is for eating as much yummy stuff as you can hold.  Thanksgiving Rules takes you through Percy Issac Giffords list of rules for having a wonderful Thanksgiving day.  This includes, setting the mood, smiling for photos,  help around the house, greet your family and friends, how to fill your plate, and showing your appreciation.  The utter silliness of gorging one's self can't help but be secondary to the underlying sweetness behind this story.

Here's hoping this list helps you get into the Thanksgiving spirit.  If you have any other suggestions for Thanksgiving or gratitude themed books, I'd love for you to comment below so we can all check them out.

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  1. I love this post! Will you consider linking it up to The Children's Bookshelf linky? Here is the link for this week's link-up, but we host it every Monday. Thanks!
    If you link it up I can pin it to TCB's pinterest board.

  2. Awesome list! I can't wait to get us some of these reads! Thank you!

  3. We checked Thanksgiving Rules out from the library, but we haven't read it yet. Now I am excited to open it up! Grateful is a book I haven't seen yet either.Thanks for the great list.

  4. I can't believe I'm just now finding your blog - I love it! I too am a boy-mama, and am starting to realize just how much they can consume in a day.

    I love this list of books and think it would be a great addition to my weekly book hop, if you are interested in linking up with me that would be great.

    Just stop by whenever you want!


  5. Thanks for such a great list. I think this is my first time on your blog too, and I love it! Thanks for linking up on The Children's Bookshelf. You will find yourself on No Twiddle Twaddle once my post for today goes up!

  6. Thank you for linking up to the Children's Bookshelf. I have featured you on our post today at Mommy and Me Book Club! I love your site and am your newest follower!


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