You’ve worked their whole lives to make readers of them, and it has paid off. Your teens are heavy into Story. You rock.
But the holidays are coming and maybe you’re fretting over what to get your kids that will continue to encourage reading and still be cool.
Because teenagers. have to be. cool.
Don’t worry, Mama. I’ve got you. I even ran these gift ideas past my own teenagers, so I know they’re teen-approved.
Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler may well be the cutest Thanksgiving book ever. Turk is the best of the litter, destined for greatness, while Runt is continually ignored. The problem? Runt is the smart one. And he seems to be the only turkey on the farm who knows why people keep coming to admire Turk as Thanksgiving approaches. Mom and Dad think Turk is up for a football team or lead in a ballet (Swan Lake–hahaha). So while people are visiting the farm, Turk is showing off and trying to get chosen. If only they would all listen to Runt!
Your littles will have a blast finding out if Turk ever catches on to the danger he’s in. And I belly laughed at this book, so you’ll have fun, too.
There are lots and lots of really great books about Thanksgiving out there, but one of my favorites is ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey.
One of the reasons I love this book is because it’s based on the classic Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, and it has always been part of our Christmas tradition to read that poem on Christmas Eve. Pilkey has given us a Thanksgiving tradition with this adorable story about a group of school kids who take the bus on a field trip to a turkey farm and end up saving the day and discombobulating Farmer Mack Nuggett in a big way. It’s cutesy, yeah, but it’s also fun and if your household is vegetarian or vegan, a great way to celebrate that lifestyle while still being grateful for Thanksgiving.
There are so many activity options that can go with this book, but I’ll keep it to a few really good ones.
Everybody knows that as far as I’m concerned, there are two seasons:
Autumn. And waiting for autumn.
That’s because so many wonderful things happen in autumn. The leaves change colors. Pumpkins ripen. Apples come into season. Scarecrows pop up everywhere. Halloween brings monsters and ghosts and witches. Thanksgiving reminds us where we came from and to be grateful for where we are.
Yeah, autumn is the stuff.
With so many cool things going on, there are lots and lots of autumn picture books for your littles to enjoy. Here’s a list of some of our favorites divided by category.