After the Turkey – Thanksgiving Books and Kid Movies
Thanksgiving is a special time for families. Festivities, food, football games, and more keep us all busy throughout the weekend.
Younger kids can get lost in the shuffle of activities, and even Mom and Dad need a bit of down time. Here are some terrific books and engaging movies to keep all ages entertained and thankful!
Give Thanks for Each Day by Steve Metzger and Robert McPhillips is a sweet book for all ages, with gentle rhyming text and delightful illustrations. A lovely reminder to appreciate the simple joys of life and a perfect read aloud for the Thanksgiving table.
Scholastic Reader Level 1: I Spy Thanksgiving by Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick
The I Spy series is well loved by boys and girls. Early readers will enjoy this Thanksgiving themed collection. Because of the visual emphasis, even pre-readers can feel independent. When things get busy in the kitchen, I Spy Thanksgiving can keep your youngster occupied and happy.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a classic 30 minute cartoon featuring the Peanuts gang we have loved for generations. Linus saves the day when Charlie Brown isn’t feeling the Thanksgiving spirit. The kids will love this delightful story and grown-ups will enjoy a bit of festive nostalgia.
Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration features the antics of the chipmunk gang and includes some terrific music and touching moments. Will the chipmunks help Dave survive his professional slump or will the wreak havoc on his life? A little of both! Dave and “kids” ultimately discover they all have much to be thankful for.
What’s Cooking? is a great movie with mature content, for teens and adults – a possible alternative to football games. This heartwarming movie features several families from different backgrounds as they celebrate and survive Thanksgiving. Tension and family drama is highlighted with food preparation. Not for younger viewers!
LIKE A MACCABEE
Like A Maccabee – This middle-grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.