Be grateful for all you have and learn more about the traditions of Thanksgiving with these reads from the Abington Community Library.
• Read “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving” written by Louisa May Alcott and illustrated by James Bernardin aloud and enjoy the colorful illustrations of children surprising their parents with a Thanksgiving feast.
• What was it like to be at the first Thanksgiving? Join the Time-Traveling Twins on their 1621 adventure in “Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation” by Diane Stanley. Learn what it meant to be a Pilgrim and view colorful illustrations by Holly Berry depicting life and celebration on the Plantation.
• Thanksgiving was not an official American holiday until 1863. Find out the whole story in “Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving” written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner.
• Kids who are learning how to read may discover “Happy Thanksgiving, Gus!” written by Jacklyn Williams and illustrated by Doug Cushman. Gus’ teacher tells each student to bring in a picture of what they are most thankful for, but Gus can’t decide what is most important.
• If you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade each year, try “Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade” by Melissa Sweet. Meet Tony Sarg, the man who invented the “upside-down marionette.”
• Plan activities, create invitations, and bake treats for a special event. In “Let’s Throw a Thanksgiving Party” by Rachel Lynette you will get the inspiration you need for centerpieces, games, crafts, and more.
• Go on the hunt for turkeys, leaves, and apple pies in “I Spy Thanksgiving,” with riddles by Jean Marzollo and photographs by Walter Wick. Can you spot all the hidden objects?
• The town’s annual Turkey Trot race and festival is coming up, and Judy and Stink are training to win the big prize: a fat, juicy turkey. Fans of the Judy Moody and Stink books will love “Judy Moody and Stink: The Wishbone Wish” by Megan McDonald.
Laura Gardoski is head of children’s services at the Abington Community Library. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.