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Thanksgiving Story Books for Early Intervention

Published November 19, 2013 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Looking for ways to enhance therapy during the days leading up to one of our most special and sacred American holidays? Here are 5 Thanksgiving books appropriate for young children filled with stories about turkeys and pilgrims and being grateful for your family and friends!
  1. Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland and Sonja Lamut
    • Appropriate for preschool and ages 3-6
    • Summary: This book celebrates on the true meaning of Thanksgiving using cheerful illustrations and simple text in a celebration of family, friendships, and the holiday that brings them all together.
    • Rating: 4 ½ stars on Amazon.com
  2. The First Thanksgiving A board book by Kathryn Lynn Davis (Author, Illustrator)
    • A simple "left the flap" book for children ages 2-4
    • Summary:  This book explores the first Thanksgiving--how the pilgrims came to America and how the Native Americans taught them to plant and then joined them in a Thanksgiving feast. Parents and teachers can use the simple text and bright, illustrations to introduce young children to the Thanksgiving holiday!
    • Rating:  4 ½ stars on Amazon.com
  3. T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story by Tanya Lee Stone, Illustrated by Gerald Kelley
    • Appropriate for preschool and ages 3-5
    • Summary: Delightful book that uses the alphabet and rhyming couplets to bring the Thanksgiving holiday to life. Great way to reinforce articulation skills as well as language. This adorable book is also known for its gorgeous artwork. A wonderful read for children preschool to kindergarten age!
    • Rating: 4 ½ stars on Amazon.com
  4. Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes and Illustrated by Doris Barrette
    • Appropriate for preschool and older
    • Summary: This book reminds us that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and that what is most important is being able to share time with family!  The illustrations are striking - perfect for using descriptive language and talking about the importance of relationships at home.
    • Rating: 5 stars on Amazon.com
  5. The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty and illustrated by Kirsten Richards
    • Appropriate for preschool
    • Summary: This is a sweet story about Mini, a pilgrim who wants to help, but everyone is too busy and she's too little. What makes this book unique is the setting: She wants to stack wood, mend dresses, fish and bake bread ... all of these activities can lead to a great discussion about early Americans. In the book Mini makes a friend which is also ideal for children working on social skills.
    • Rating: 5 stars on Amazon.com

Do you have other Thanksgiving book favorites for young children?? Please share!

Visit Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for many more wonderful reads!

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3 comments

My kids like a book called "Five Silly Turkeys".

Margie Comerford, Outpatient Rehab - SLP, Inova Loudoun Hospital November 23, 2013 12:08 AM
Leesburg VA

Hmmmm, that's a good question.....I'll need to check with the editing department.....I don't know if it is possible. Thanks for reading and for the suggestion!

stephanie dowling, blog author November 21, 2013 1:29 PM

Could you provide a link to post your blog posts to pinterest??

lindsay November 19, 2013 10:44 AM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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