19 Diverse and Thoughtful Thanksgiving Books for the Classroom

Thanksgiving is a time when we come together to express gratitude and learn about the history of this special holiday. In the classroom, it is important to present students with diverse perspectives and engage them in thoughtful discussions. One way to do that is by incorporating diverse Thanksgiving books into your curriculum. These books not only provide valuable insights into different cultures and experiences, but also help students develop empathy and understanding. Here are 19 diverse and thoughtful Thanksgiving books that you can consider for your classroom:

  1. ‘Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks’ by Margaret Sutherland – This book teaches young readers the importance of gratitude and giving thanks.
  1. ‘Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message’ by Chief Jake Swamp – Chief Swamp’s heartfelt message connects Thanksgiving with the traditions of Native Americans.
  1. ‘1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving’ by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac – This book offers a fresh perspective on the history of Thanksgiving, examining the experiences of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people.
  1. ‘Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving’ by Joseph Bruchac – This beautifully illustrated book tells the true story of Squanto, a Native American who played a crucial role in the first Thanksgiving.
  1. ‘The Very First Americans’ by Cara Ashrose – Explore the Native American cultures and their rich heritage in this engaging book.
  1. ‘The Story of Thanksgiving’ by Nancy J. Skarmeas – This interactive book explains the history of Thanksgiving in a way that young children can understand.
  2. ‘Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey’ by Joy Cowley – Follow the adventures of a turkey named Gracias in this bilingual book that celebrates diversity.
  1. ‘This First Thanksgiving Day’ by Laura Krauss Melmed – Delve into the festivities of the first Thanksgiving through beautiful illustrations and simple text.
  1. ‘Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving’ by Katherine Paterson – This collection of poems and prayers celebrates gratitude in various forms.
  1. ‘Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving’ by Eric Metaxas – Discover the extraordinary story of Squanto and his role in the first Thanksgiving.
  1. ‘The First Thanksgiving’ by Linda Hayward – This informative book introduces young readers to the traditions and history of Thanksgiving.
  1. ‘Giving Thanks’ by Patrice Karst – Through vivid illustrations and relatable characters, this book highlights the importance of gratitude and appreciation.
  1. ‘Fall Leaves Fall!’ by Zoe Hall – Learn about the changing seasons and nature’s beauty in this captivating book.
  1. ‘The Plump and Perky Turkey’ by Teresa Bateman – Join the town of Squawk Valley in their quest for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
  1. ‘The Thanksgiving Story’ by Alice Dalgliesh – Follow the journey of the Pilgrims as they establish a new life in America.
  1. ‘In November’ by Cynthia Rylant – Celebrate the sights, sounds, and flavors of November in this poetic exploration of the season.
  1. ‘Thanksgiving in the Woods’ by Phyllis Alsdurf – Experience the magic of Thanksgiving celebrated amidst nature in this heartwarming tale.
  1. ‘A Turkey for Thanksgiving’ by Eve Bunting – Join Mrs. Moose and her friends as they embark on a hilarious adventure to find a turkey for Thanksgiving.
  1. ‘Thanksgiving Rules’ by Laurie Friedman – Laugh along with Percy as he tries to follow his strict Thanksgiving rules.

These diverse and thoughtful Thanksgiving books will not only enhance your classroom discussions but also foster empathy, understanding, and a deeper appreciation for different perspectives. Happy reading and have a meaningful Thanksgiving!

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