Our Favorite Thanksgiving Read Alouds


Since we’ve been reading and learning about the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving, we’ve come across some books that we’ve really enjoyed and have made some of them our own because they are ones we will read every year in years to come. I love books like that!

We use living literature, good quality books,  to learn about a specific era in time. The stories may not be 100% factual, but you can still learn about people and the way they lived through a really go story. Here’s my list, in no particular order…

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy

Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness

Off to Plymouth Rock by Dandi Daley Mackall

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh

Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce K. Kessel

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac

The Plymouth Thanksgiving by Leonard Weisgard

Individually, these books are great. Together, they bring the story of Thanksgiving to life. It’s not all about the turkey, stuffing and pernil. It’s also about the reasons why the Pilgrims left England and took the incredibly difficult journey to a foreign land and what lead up to their three day celebration of thanks to God. I know my perspective on Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a little different this year.

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