I have been looking forward to Thanksgiving since the beginning of the school year, probably because it was a time for me to celebrate being done with my first student teaching experience. It marked the end of one adventure and the beginning of another. I began my long term sub position with my 6th graders right before Thanksgiving, so the holiday actually was a goal point for me. Needless to say, my holiday excitement ended very quickly with the impending weather we were supposed to receive this week.
I am and have always been a fair weather person stuck in a not so fair weather state! I love sun and warmth, so snow and cold are happiness killers for me. Knowing that the possibility of being stuck inside was high I went to the school library for some Thanksgiving/Fall books to read with my kiddos on those cold days. I found a pretty good loot and was excited when my kids said that they had already read many of them, but they were happy to reread them.
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano was a very funny, and enjoyable book for us to read. I myself hadn’t read it before but my daughter had in Preschool and was able to giggle the entire time because she knew what was going to happen and I didn’t! The main character in this book is a turkey who was trying to find a way around getting chosen as the main dish for the big meal. What if he looked like another animal?? This is a book that I will buy for my children’s library and read year after year just to hear the giggles.
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston was another great one we read. Using numbers throughout the book this book could be a great addition to a math lesson in early grades around Thanksgiving. The book is full of fun pictures and an enjoyable storyline. Definitely another one I would add to my classroom library if I were to teach a lower grade.
I just love Llama Llama books and this one lived up to my expectations. I found this one in a board book, which was fun to read to my 15 month old. The pictures were exciting and the storyline was too. My kindergartner was able to fill in some of the words she knew to help me read and then after hearing the story a couple of times she was able to read through it mostly on her own, having me only help a few times. This was another great one to get us excited for the upcoming Thanksgiving meal and sharing what we have been most thankful for this year.