It is officially the beginning of my favorite time of the year! There is nothing better than getting together with your family, eating way more than you need to, and planning your shopping for the next day. My mom and I used to do the whole Black Friday thing, but then we wised up and started shopping from the couch. There were far less casualties! The day after Thanksgiving, we always go to the Merry Christmas Tree Farm to cut down our Christmas tree. We have been going there since I was three years old (so that is 29 years for all of you wondering) and am so happy to share these traditions with my children now!
My brother, sister and I (back when I was taller than both of them… haha).
Chris and I with the kiddos last year at the tree farm.
But before we go into full on Christmas mode, I wanted to share some of my new favorite Thanksgiving reads from Candlewick Press. My kids and I read these books this week and love them! Make sure to look below for a special treat too!!
Gobble, Gobble, Tucker!
by Leslie McGuirk
When Tucker smells a familiar scent in the air, he knows his favorite day of the year has come —Thanksgiving! Tucker loves to play with his family, help clean up, and most of all, enjoy a delicious feast. But as the day goes by, Tucker and his doggy cousins haven’t had even a bite. Will they ever get to gobble up any holiday treats?
This cute board book about Tucker the dog, tells what Thanksgiving is like… for the dogs! Tucker and his girl are preparing for Thanksgiving, but when his cousins show up he knows it is time for more fun. I love that Tucker the dog deals with the same things we all do… the wait for the yummy food. I must say, though, that Tucker is far more patient a dog than my sweet bulldog who wouldn’t wait that long for their Thanksgiving meal.
by Jonathan London
Thank you, Mother Earth.
Thank you, Father Sky.
Thank you for this day.
How can a young boy ever show his gratitude for all the beauty he sees? He will learn from his father, who thanks the earth and the sky, the frogs and the crickets, the hawk and the deer, even the trees that wave their arms in the breeze. Majestic as the most beautiful autumn day and filled with glimpses of favorite woodland animals, GIVING THANKS is truly a gift to readers from nature-lover Jonathan London and master painter Gregory Manchess.
Sometimes we all need a little reminder that saying “Thanks” is a good habit to have. In this beautifully written and illustrated book, a father teaches his son that though it may seem funny to thank the trees, pumpkins, deer, and other natural elements, it is what will make him a good person. This would be a great book to expand with the Native American traditions and stories as well because they are briefly mentioned in the giving of thanks to Mother Earth and Fathers sky. Loved this beautiful book!
With those and many other wonderful Thanksgiving reads, it is no wonder we have so much fun at the start of this holiday! So what are you thankful for this holiday season? Make sure to leave a comment below and your email address. On Saturday at noon I will pick one winner from the comments to win all of these great reads! Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!