Picture Books to be Thankful For

October 5, 2017 | Teresa

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Thanksgiving Greetings
Thanksgiving Greetings, 1908, Courtesy of Toronto Public Library Archive

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year. It is the holiday of thanks, of giving back, and celebrating with family and friends. But did you know that the Canadian tradition of giving thanks goes back hundreds of years?

In fact, First Nations people were throwing fall harvest festivals that predated the arrival of European settlers. Then, in 1578, British explorer Martin Frobisher and his crew held what is considered to be the first thanksgiving feast by Europeans in North America. They had just survived a difficult journey through the Arctic looking for the Northwest Passage and were simply glad to be alive. Although their meal was not grand, this feast started the tradition of being thankful for what you have.

Shortly after that, around 1606, Samuel de Champlain began following the traditions of First Nations and throwing harvest festivals in New France. Although there were many similar festivals of thanksgiving throughout Canada, the official holiday of Thanksgiving as we know it today was not officially settled until 1957.

 So, if you or your child are like me, and you love Thanksgiving, we have plenty of books for you to enjoy this weekend. Here are some of my favourites:

  Thank You  Thanksgiving
Thank You, Thanksgiving By: David Milgrim (Ages 0-5)

A little girl gives thanks for the things all around her.

  The Thankful Book

The Thankful Book By: Todd Parr (Ages 0-5)

A picture book that encourages children to be thankful for something everyday.

The Ugly Pumpkin

The Ugly Pumpkin By: Dave Horowitz (Ages 3-6)

A lonely, misshaped pumpkin finally finds where he fits in on Thanksgiving Day.

Turkey Trouble

Turkey Trouble By: Wendi Silvano (Ages 4-8)

A quick thinking turkey decides to dress up as other farm animals in hopes of saving himself from being the main course at Thanksgiving dinner.

  Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving By: Dav Pilkey (Ages 6-8)

A group of school children save a bunch of turkeys on the night before Thanksgiving.

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