Celebrations are never complete without stories.
And our American Thanksgiving is full of stories.
You can Learn from the Pilgrims and Puritans in my blog, but there are many more picture books and chapter books that are lovely to read aloud to your children or grandchildren.
Here are some picture books to read aloud.
Picture Books to Read Aloud
My children loved this book when they were little. Children love to learn about other children! Samuel is obedient and prays before he goes to sleep. The family says a blessing before their meals. It’s refreshing to see prayer included in a Scholastic book. I don’t know if this has been edited out of more recent versions. The photographs are vivid and attractive. There is a also a section in the back where you can learn more about Samuel Morton, Plimoth Plantation, and the rye harvest at the back of the book.
Girls will appreciate not having to wear so many petticoats when they see Sarah get dressed. Don’t worry—all photographs are completely modest. Sarah helps her mother, feeds the animals, churns butter, cooks, polishes brass and has a writing lesson with her new father. After supper, Father quizzes her on her Bible memorization.
This picture book was another favorite with my children. Though children often prefer art illustrations, these photographs will capture the interest of children of all ages.
Don’t forget to try the cranberry bread recipe at the back of the book. It’s grandmother’s secret recipe!
This story is true, but not well-known. Like Joseph, Squanto was treated harshly and found himself a slave. But, like Joseph, God had never stopped caring for Squanto and he was used to be a blessing to God’s people.
What a glorious reason to celebrate Thanksgiving is! How wonderful to set aside time to give thanks to Almighty God who has blessed us with so many incredible gifts. My print copy of Celebrate Thanksgiving is available at Amazon and the E-book can be purchased at PayHip.
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis