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Remembrance and Giving Thanks

November is a month to remember those who have served to keep others safe. It is also a harvest month and a special time to give thanks. Browse this related booklist: A Harvest of Books for Thanksgiving.

A Little Peace

A Little Peace

By: Barbara Kerley
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

All it takes is…one hand/One smile/A single voice… to achieve it; and children everywhere can "spread a little peace". Full color photographs taken around the world (and sourced at the end) along with a concluding note from the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace concludes this exceptional concept book.

Biscuit Is Thankful

Biscuit Is Thankful

By: Alyssa Capucilli
Illustrated by: Pat Schories
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Biscuit, a small yellow puppy, is grateful for many things. He appreciates his little girl, their daily walks, and more. Straightforward illustrations and the clear-cut narrative presented on sturdy pages is just right to share with younger children.

Feeling Thankful

Feeling Thankful

By: Shelley Rotner
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Full-color photographs on well-composed pages introduce a multicultural cast of kids. Each child expresses what he or she is thankful for — from family and friends to a pet mouse — in this handsome and useful book.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

By: Chief Jake Swamp
Illustrated by: Erwin Printup
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In this poignant and graceful picture book, Chief Jake Swamp gives thanks to Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants for sharing their rare and precious gifts. According to the author's note, these words are still spoken at ceremonial and governmental gatherings held by the Six Nations. Available in Spanish. Related classroom activities are included in this teachers guide.

Gracias / Thanks

Gracias / Thanks

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From the sun that wakens him to the cricket that serenades him to sleep, a young boy gives thanks for the many kinds of friends who help him throughout the day. Pat Mora's reflection on gratitude is filled with kindness and humor, brought to life by John Parra's heartwarming illustrations. Pat concludes the book with an author's note about the things she for which she feels grateful. Bilingual text.

Rolling Thunder

By: Kate Messner
Illustrated by: Greg Ruth
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lines of bikes are miles long, shining, half a million strong. Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar. Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar. Every Memorial Day in Washington, DC, more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a demonstration that pays tribute to the men and women of the US armed forces. 

Splat Says Thank You

Splat Says Thank You

By: Rob Scotton
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Splat, a likeable, fuzzy cat is grateful for many things, especially his friend Seymour. To show him, Splat makes more than a card; he makes a thank you book! Expressive, textured illustrations on open backgrounds show Splat’s range of emotions as he thinks about his buddy.

Strega Nona's Harvest

Strega Nona’s Harvest

By: Tomie dePaola
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When the good Italian witch, Strega Nona carefully adds a touch of magic to her well-tended garden it grows beautifully. Her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, is not as careful with near-disastrous results. A creative solution to the overabundance winds up helping many — but will Big Anthony ever learn?

The Letter Home

The Letter Home

By: Timothy Decker
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A medic writes his son about his time in Europe in 1918 during the First World War. The man tells his son that he wanted to wait until he could also say he was coming home. Understated text combines with black/white line drawings for a sophisticated, evocative, and touching glimpse of war, sure to generate conversation between readers.

The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans

By: Barbara E. Walsh
Illustrated by: Layne Johnson
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. 

The Wall

The Wall

By: Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler
Illustrated by: Ronald Himler, Eve Bunting
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A boy describes the trip he takes with his father to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Together, they look for the name of his grandfather, who died before he was born.

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

By: Traci Sorell
Illustrated by: Frané Lessac
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Join the Cherokee people as they celebrate each season of the year and special occasions, as well as the daily activities for which gratitude is expressed. Bold hues and flat forms distinguish the naïve illustrations. Cherokee words, based on Sequoyah’s syllabary (written symbols for syllables), are sprinkled throughout. Additional information concludes this handsome and unique glimpse of contemporary Native life written by a Cherokee poet.

We Give Thanks

By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Sergio Ruzzier
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

One fine day, two friends — a rabbit and a frog — set out to explore their small town, interacting with a host of animal companions along the way. Each step of their journey gives them something more to be thankful for, including their mittens and scarves, the rain and snow, their family members, and the food on their table. A Thanksgiving story that encourages acts of kindness all year round.

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