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Read Right Now! Thanksgiving


Here are some of our favorite books to share with kids in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. You and your child can learn about the history of Thanksgiving, read prayers and songs of gratitude from different religious and cultural traditions, learn to draw iconic Thanksgiving symbols, or laugh out loud at what Thanksgiving might be like for monsters - garlic is OK for a recipe ingredient, but not eyeballs! Laugh again when you find out what happens when someone (everyone!) forgets to bring their dish to Thanksgiving dinner!

Watch the video read aloud below, Balloons Over Broadway. It is the story of one of our most well-known Thanksgiving traditions, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Learn about the history of the enormous helium balloons that are parade day favorites. Keep your eyes peeled during the parade to see if you can spot a favorite book character. Some character balloons we have seen in the past are Curious George, Snoopy, Paddington Bear & Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

FREE Online e-Books:

Turkey TroubleMy FamilyStir, Sift, Slice

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Websites, Printables, Crafts & More:

Give Thanks TracerP is for Pilgrim HatPumpkin Pie AdditionScarecrow Connect the Dots


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25 Books for Kids to Celebrate the Feast of Thanksgiving

These books share the holiday of Thanksgiving from the story of hardships to the gratitude of what it is to celebrate "plenty" - whether it is food or time with family. Learn about the history and traditions of Thanksgiving including the prayers and songs people the world over share to celebrate harvest. Laugh out loud at some silly stories starring picture book favorites like Arthur, Amelia Bedelia, Pete the Cat, and more - even vampires celebrate Fangsgiving! #indyplkids IndyPL_CarrieW