Do you remember this wonderful film based on Lynne Reid Banks’s classic middle grade novel? My oldest boy watched this one over and over. I think it’s one of those movies that every kid wants to live in at some point or other.
In short, this film is perfect for this time of year. The holidays lend themselves to lessons about tolerance and The Indian in the Cupboard makes the lesson fun. Also, this meal? Perfect way to use all that leftover turkey. I mean, I can’t even.
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.
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.