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Thanksgiving Nonfiction Books

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Sarah Morton's Day - Kate Waters; Russell Kendall (Photographer)
ISBN: 0590426346
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
Text and photographs of Plymouth Plantation follow a pilgrim girl through a typical day as she milks the goats, cooks and serves meals, learns her letters, and adjust to her new step-father.

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Thank You, Sarah - Laurie Halse Anderson; Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689847874
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Relates how Sarah Hale, a magazine editor and author, persuaded President Lincoln to transform Thanksgiving Day into a national holiday.

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Thanksgiving Day - Gail Gibbons (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823405761
Publication Date: 1985-09-01
Presents information about the first Thanksgiving and the way the holiday is celebrated today

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Arthur's Thanksgiving - Marc Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316110604
Publication Date: 1983-09-30
Arthur finds his role as director of the Thanksgiving play a difficult one, especially since no one will agree to play the turkey.

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'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving - Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0531059057
Publication Date: 1990-09-01
School children on a field trip to Mack Nugget's farm save the lives of eight turkeys in this poem based on "The Night Before Christmas"

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In November - Cynthia Rylant; Jill Kastner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152063429
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Describes the autumn activities and traditions that November's cooling temperatures bring


Non-Fiction Thanksgiving Books

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Pilgrims - Mary Pope Osborne; Natalie Pope Boyce; Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375832192
Publication Date: 2005-09-27
What was it like to be a passenger on the Mayflower? How many people survived the first harsh winter in the New World? How did Pilgrim children spend their days? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this Magic Tree House Research Guide: Pilgrims. Includes fun facts from Jack and Annie, fantastic photos and illustrations, and a guide to doing further research.

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Thanksgiving - Caroline Feller Bauer; Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060233273
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
A collection of stories, poems, and songs about Thanksgiving Day, by such authors as Aileen Fisher, Jack Prelutsky, Eve Merriam, and Yoshiko Uchida.


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Thanksgiving NonfictionBooks

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N. C. Wyeth's Pilgrims - Robert D. San Souci; N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0877018065
Publication Date: 1991-08-01

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A Child's Story of Thanksgiving - Laura Rader; Mary Ann Utt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1571021345
Publication Date: 1998-08-01
Briefly chronicles Thanksgiving celebrations from fifteenth century Massachusetts to the present

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A Pioneer Thanksgiving - Barbara Greenwood; Heather Collins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781550747447
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
A pioneer Thanksgiving of Harvest celebrations in 1841

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More Thanksgiving Picture Books

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie - Alison Jackson; Judy Schachner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0525456457
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry. And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

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Molly's Pilgrim - Barbara Cohen; Daniel Mark Duffy (Illustrator); Michael J. Deraney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688162797
Publication Date: 1998-10-14
Told to make a Pilgrim doll for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly is embarassed when her mother tries to help her out by creating a doll dressed as she herself was dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom

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A Turkey for Thanksgiving - Eve Bunting; Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0899197930
Publication Date: 1991-09-23
Mr. and Mrs. Moose try to invite a turkey to their Thanksgiving feast


Thanksgiving Chapter Books

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Ginger Pye - Eleanor Estes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152309306
Publication Date: 1951-04-01
When the Pye family's puppy, Ginger, disappears on Thanksgiving Day, the children are convinced that he has been abducted by a stranger in a yellow hat.

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Gooney Bird and the Room Mother - Lois Lowry; Middy Chilman Thomas (Illustrator); Middy Thomas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618532307
Publication Date: 2005-04-04
Gooney Bird Greene, an entertaining second grader who introduces challenging vocabulary words and tells "absolutely true" stories, finds a surprise room mother to bring cupcakes for the Thanksgiving pageant.

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Thanksgiving on Thursday - Mary Pope Osborne; Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375806156
Publication Date: 2002-09-24
Jack and Annie travel in their magic treehouse to the year 1621, where they celebrate the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth Colony.

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Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten - Barbara Park; Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375970634
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, Mr. Scary's first grade class prepares a Thankful List for the school contest, but Junie B. Jones finds it hard to be grateful for squash or Tattletale May.

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Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner - Lillian Hoban; L. Hoban
ISBN: 9780833590145
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
Forgetful Silly Tilly Mole nearly succeeds in ruining her Thanksgiving dinner, but her animal friends come to the rescue with tasty treats


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