Thanksgiving is celebrated in America every year on the fourth Thursday of November. The roots of its history date back to a feast that took place in 1621 during which the Pilgrims celebrated a good harvest with American Indians who helped them survive the previous winter.
The National Day of Prayer is an American day of observance on the first Thursday in May. People gather together in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, schools and homes to take a moment to reflect on both challenges and blessings.
Both of these holidays are a good time to help children learn about their own cultural and religious beliefs and those of their neighbors and friends. The library has many books of prayers and stories for children that will help you explore together what the prayer traditions are in your family and what those traditions are in other families whose religion or culture is different than your own.
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Here is a selection of prayers and stories for children to explore the prayer traditions in your family or those of your friends and neighbors. Some of the books collect prayers from several different religions so that you can learn about several at one time. Other books tell the story of a single person or family and what it means to them to pray. After sharing one, talk about the ways the characters in the story prayed that were the same as how you pray in your own home. How were the prayers different? #indyplkids IndyPL_CarrieW