Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Littles Learning Link Up: Celebrating Thanksgiving Through Literature - 10 Thanksgiving Books that Focus on the "First" Thanksgiving, Plus a Round Up

Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (usually toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child.

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

It's time for this month's Round Up

Last November I posted a Thanksgiving Round Up with ideas for crafts, learning activities, and Thanksgiving foods. There were Turkey crafts galore, plus Pilgrim and Indian crafts, and ideas focusing on being Thankful. The learning activities included math and letter activities, along with sensory/fine motor activities, and printables.

So, as the round up last year was so full of varied ideas, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for this year's Thanksgiving Round Up. Which is why this round up is a bit later in the month than I like. I almost didn't do a round up, and was going to share a list of our favorite Thanksgiving-themed books. I then realized there were probably others out there who already shared such lists, so why not ask them to share so I could include them in a Thanksgiving Literature Round Up. This isn't a huge round up, like some of my round ups have been. However, you will find some great suggestions for books to help celebrate the upcoming holiday, plus some specific crafts to go with some of these books. First, I am going to share a list of our favorite books that focus on the real meaning of this Thanksgiving holiday.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Through Literature
Round Up

10 Books that Focus on the "First Thanksgiving"

The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross tell a simple tale of the pilgrims.

Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell is a story of modern children learning about the First Thanksgiving and putting on a play.

Thanksgiving Is... by Gail Gibbons shares different aspects of Thanksgiving from harvest celebrations long ago, to the story of the pilgrims, and a look at our Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons is another look at the pilgrim's journey to the New Land, plus a look at our modern Thanksgiving.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy is a fun new way of looking at the song "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians." We see both pilgrim children and Wampanoag children living their daily lives, then coming together for a Thanksgiving feast.

This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed shares counting rhymes from 1 to 12, alternating between pilgrim and Wampanoag children until the very last page where they come together for a Thanksgiving Feast.

Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation by Diane Stanley is a story of the Time Traveling Twins who go with their grandmother, who uses her magic hat, to Plymouth Plantation. They live with the pilgrims and discover what daily life would have been like, along with discovering truth from fiction in the Thanksgiving account.

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast is a story of what may have happened during the time of what we call the First Thanksgiving. We see the story through the eyes of a 14-year old Wampanoag boy named Dancing Moccasins and a 6-year old English boy named Resolved White. This book again looks at the myths and the traditions and the history of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson is a re-creation of the first Thanksgiving that was photographed at Plimoth Plantation, the outdoor living history museum at Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac is a book that takes a more historically accurate look at the "First Thanksgiving." This book really digs into the account of the Wampanoag people, looking at how their lives were impacted by the coming of the English settlers.

More Thanksgiving Book Lists:

Tara from Embark on the Journey shared 25 of the Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids.

Carrie from Crafty Moms Share shared More Thanksgiving Books and Crafts.

Carrie from Crafty Moms Share also shared Thanksgiving Books and Being Thankful.

Jennifer from A Dab of Glue Will Do shared 12 Turkey Books for Little Learners.

Jennifer from A Dab of Glue Will Do also shared 12 Thanksgiving Books for Little Learners.

Elissa from Mrs. Jones' Creation Station shared 6 Thanksgiving Books and Activities for Little Readers.

And here are 5 fun craft/activity ideas 
to go with specific Thanksgiving  books:

MaryAnne from Mama Smiles shared Gratitude Trees (with a free Printable) to go with Bear Says Thanks.

Jodie from Growing Book By Book shared a Turkey Counting Rhyme which includes an activity idea plus a free printable of the rhyme. This activity could go with the books Five Silly Turkeys, 10 Fat Turkeys, or any counting turkey book you can find.

Amanda from Fun Handprint Art shared a cute Handprint Turkey craft to go along with the book Setting the Turkeys Free.

Jamie from Handmade Kids Art shared a resource kit for the Turkey Disguise Project to go with the book Turkey Trouble. 

Natalie from Planet Smarty Pants shared a really cute idea for Turkey Hats to go with the book Thelonius Turkey Lives.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving themed books that you read to your children?

I am still lining up guest posts. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Don't miss my current giveaways for fun children's books!


Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli

Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 15 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on posts.  

Don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:

Lisa from Syncopated Mama shared Latticed Learning: Moses.

And here are this week's top clicked on posts.
There are 3 of them this week!

Betty from Let's Get Real shared Free PDF: Character Qualities.

Betty from Let's Get Real also shared Manners: A Free PDF of Our Manners Study.

Crystal from Crystal & Co. shared 25 Crafts Every Kid Wants to Make for Thanksgiving.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time, if applicable. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

I would love if you could share my button. 



  1. Some of our favorite Thanksgiving books were featured here! Thanks so much for highlighting my Moses post - and I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week!

  2. I don't know too much about Thanksgiving books. So you have opened up possibilities.


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