We did a post about our favorite Thanksgiving picture books and a few other resources over at Mommynificent last week, so we thought it only fair that we do a post of our favorite Thanksgiving chapter books as well. Last year, I (Mommy) realized that I couldn’t think of any Thanksgiving chapter books off the top of my head and that really bothered me, so I went hunting and came back from the library with a huge stack that Bignificent and I then read through together. Fortunately, Bignificent is a great sport about things like this and actually enjoyed it! Here are the ones that surfaced as favorites as well as a few on our reading list for this year. Enjoy! (These are all affiliate links to Amazon.)
Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims – This book is a fun, detailed book about Squanto and how he was able to help the Pilgrims. We are huge fans of Clyde Robert Bulla and really wish his books would be released electronically!
What Was the First Thanksgiving? – We haven’t read this one yet, but we really enjoy Joan Holub and so we’ve added this to our wish list.
Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) – As you probably know, this is a series where two kids, Jack and Annie, time travel and learn about the time period they’re in. We were really happy to see that they had a Thanksgiving installment since we really enjoy these books.
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #13: Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday – This one is the facts Jack and Annie might have gathered when they traveled to this time period. I love that the Magic Tree House books include these nonfiction companions; however, I can never get my kids quite as excited about them as I’d like.
Mayflower Treasure Hunt (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, No. 2) – We’re also huge Ron Roy fans! This series is about two boys and a girl, Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose, solving mysteries. This installment is a modern day story that involves relics from the past. It cleverly uses museums and character actors to help explain interesting facts about life at the time of the Mayflower.
Capital Mysteries #14: Turkey Trouble on the National Mall – This is a fun Ron Roy book about how two kids solve a mystery surrounding the president’s annual “pardoning” of a turkey at the White House.
Thanksgiving Thief (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew) – This is a cute story about how young Nancy Drew and her friends save Thanksgiving for their community.
Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag VI An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, Etc. – We started this one last year and were really enjoying it but we got distracted by something and never finished it which is really weird for us. Anyway, we’re reading it again this year, and I’m super excited that Librivox has a dramatized version of it available for free! It’s a really fun story!
Sarah’s New World: The Mayflower Adventure – We’ve just discovered the Sisters in Time series after reading and re-reading the American Girl books countless times. Bignificent is really enjoying these so far, and I like that they cover a lot more of American history. Here’s the Amazon blurb for this one: “Time Period: 1620 Oct.-Nov. Imagine leaving the land you know and the friends you hold dear-and you’ll begin to understand the whirlwind of emotion that awaits ten-year-old Sarah Smythe. This fictional Pilgrim aboard the Mayflower is moving from Holland to the New World-America-in the vanguard of a new nation of free people. Especially for girls ages eight to twelve, this fascinating story shares the hopes and fears of a girl distant in time but close in spirit, while at the same time teaching important lessons of Christian faith and American history. “Sarah’s New World” is perfect for recreational reading or homeschooling.”
Rebekah in Danger: Peril at Plymouth Colony – Another Sisters in Time book. Here’s the Amazon blurb for this one: “Time Period: 1620 Nov. Freezing weather, lack of food, and sickness make the first winter at Plymouth Colony a difficult and dangerous time. What would that winter be like for a ten-year-old girl? Find out in Rebekah in Danger, part of the Sisters in Time series. Written especially for eight- to twelve-year-old girls, this dramatic story shows how a seventeenth-century girl-not terribly different from girls of the twenty-first century-overcame some of the most challenging difficulties imaginable. Though the main character is fictional, the events and experiences are very real-providing an ideal vehicle for teaching American history and Christian faith.”
American Dream: The New World, Colonial Times, and Hints of Revolution – This is a collection of the first four Sisters in Time books, including the two I’ve mentioned above. This is what we have, and it’s really a great deal for Kindle!
Mary Elizabeth, Welcome to America – We haven’t read this one yet, but it looks like a really interesting series. From what I can tell, each book starts with a modern-day girl with a problem who ends up visiting her grandmother who tells a story of one of their ancestors as a girl. The stories are based on the author’s actual family history which is pretty cool. In this particular book, the story is about a girl who came to America during the 1600s from Wales. Her story is meant to teach perseverance. I’m looking forward to reading this one with Bignificent.
A Dear Little Girl’s Thanksgiving Holidays – We haven’t read any of these from the A Dear Little Girl series, but they look fun. Have any of you read them?
We also just recently saw this list of 7 free Pilgrim-themed books for Kindle from Free Homeschool Deals. We’ve just downloaded them all, but we haven’t read them yet either.
The Second Thanksgiving – And finally, I just came across this one that looks fascinating and has really good reviews. I’ve started it and am really enjoying it. So far, it seems appropriate to share with 8-12 year olds, but since I haven’t yet finished it, I have to recommend it with caution.
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