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.
I love Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet by Diane de Groat because it teaches lessons, sure, but mostly I love how autumn-y it is. The background of each page is even shades of yellow and orange. It pushes my happy buttons, I ain’t gonna lie.
Halloween, as you know, is my favorite-ist holiday. Mostly because it happens in autumn, and the decorations are all those wonderful tones of red, orange, and yellow that get my blood pumping, but also because of costumes and treats and ghost stories.
My friends, James Burd Brewster has done it again. Uncle Rocky – Fast Action is a fun and interesting story that not only educates your littles about different aircraft (and what little isn’t fascinated by planes?), it also explains the Heimlich Maneuver and even includes detailed instructions for performing the maneuver at the end.
I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend the Glad to Do It! series by Mr. Brewster enough. With each book, the author teaches practical facts while telling an interesting story about an everyday hero. In this one, Rocky’s nephews are once more featured as stars of the show. They even get to say the catch phrase, “Glad to do it!” at the end.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
Y’all, I’m having so much fun introducing you to James Burd Brewster’s wonderful Glad to Do It! Series. This month, I’m featuring Uncle Rocky the Fireman again, only this time he’s looking for a firehouse dog. And you know what that means…
I was already in love with this series, but now that I’ve gotten my hands on this one I’m feeling a little obsessed. Sparky’s Rescue is not only super informative about dalmatians, it’s an homage to adopting pets who need good homes. Every time I read one of Mr. Brewster’s books I am completely floored by how much information he can pack into a fun picture book. These stories not only entertain, they teach.
That, my friends, is the stuff. So let’s hop right to some fun activities that will help your kiddos learn even more. Because yeah yeah.