Thanksgiving is in danger of becoming the forgotten holiday, sandwiched as it is between Halloween and Christmas. That's especially true for kids, who don't necessarily see what all the fuss is about over a holiday that promises neither costumes nor presents.
For my money, though, it's the best one because the emphasis is on family, food, and being thankful for what we have ... all of which are important to share with our kids. There's a long weekend ahead, complete with chilly weather and plenty of quiet moments to snuggle up with your child and a good book to discuss what Thanksgiving is all about. Here are some to fit all kinds of kids.
Best for vegetarian families (or funny ones):
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, Dav Pilkey: The author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants series recounts a tale of intrepid schoolkids who take a trip to a turkey farm the day before Thanksgiving. All's fun and games until they discover the fate of their new friends, and swing into action.
Best for the girl who's just discovered Little Women:
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, Louisa May Alcott: Warm and nostalgic tale of a Thanksgiving dinner that nearly didn't happen at all, by the beloved creator of the March girls and Marmee.
Best for big families:
Thanksgiving Is Here!, Diane Goode: Maggie and her family mark this tribute to the wonderful chaos that is a crowded, abundant family Thanksgiving.
Best for kids who like rhymes:
The Very First Thanksgiving Day, Rhonda Gowler Greene: A rhyming, lighthearted retelling of the first Thanksgiving Day, complete with beautiful watercolors by Susan Gaber.
Best for future historians:
Thanksgiving Is..., Gail Gibbons: This beautifully illustrated book goes back in time to harvest celebrations of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, all the way up to the Pilgrims.
What's your favorite Thanksgiving read with your kids?