I’ve already told ya’ll books are my favorite. In a previous post, we talked about our family’s favorite fall books for young children (children ages 0-99). Today, we are going to talk about our favorite Thanksgiving books for school-age children. These chapter books are great to start reading in October so you have enough time to finish them by Thanksgiving. Most of these books I am sharing with you today are on the topic of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower and Thanksgiving, but each author has their own gift in sharing the story and provides diversity in telling the story.
Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey is a great book so far (we are currently in the middle of reading it for the first time). Most books begin with the Pilgrim’s boarding the Mayflower, but this book opens with the religious persecution suffered by the Pilgrims in England and explains their escape first to Holland. It is packed with factual information but in a great easy-to-read story. We especially love this one because Miss Pumphrey tells the story about how John Howland fell overboard during the Mayflower’s voyage. Joey’s, Aunt Marilyn is into genealogy and has traced their lineage to John Howland. If he wouldn’t have been rescued, I never would have married Joey and my children would never have been; so I will thank God every time we read this chapter. And the kids love it, because they get to hear a story about one of their relatives in a real book. The chapters are short which makes it a great book to read when you have littles running around.
Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy, Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl and Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters, are amazing books. In them, we get to see into the day in a life of a boy and girl pilgrim and an Indian boy. These books use words spoken during that time period and explains their meaning. I love books that coax my children into learning the meaning of new words. The pictures do a great job in depicting life back in the 1620’s as a pilgrim and Indian child. They are all both educational and entertaining. She has other books that I do not yet own, but that I plan on purchasing. These are On The Mayflower and 1621 Harvest Feast (Giving Thanks).
The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall is one of our favorites. The chapters are divided by the story about their voyage, life of the menfolk, the womenfolk, and the children, etc and is written in the first person, using words that we are not accustomed to hearing today and allowing us a glimpse into their life. I am in love with her illustrations.
This next book I bought because of a comment left by one of our readers in the post about our favorite fall and Thanksgiving books for young children and is quickly becoming a new favorite. Thank you Sonya! AN Old-fashioned Thanksgiving and Other Stories by Louisa May Alcott is a warm and cozy short-story about the Bassett children’s escapades as they make a Thanksgiving dinner while their parents are away. It’s a story about family and making the holiday special.
. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern is another great book. Some of the chapters include: What kind of ship was the Mayflower, What could the Pilgrims take with them, Would you be able to keep clean?, What did they eat for Thanksgiving? and more…. This is another book that shares fun facts and educates through story-telling.
Again, I would love to hear about your favorite fall/Thanksgiving books that we can add to our collection. Have fun snuggling up on the couch with some popcorn, your kids and a good book.
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