Sunday, November 4, 2012

Favorite Books for November

As it gets dark earlier and the temperature drops, Fall is a great time to cozy up with a good book and a cup of steaming hot chocolate.

To help you stock up outstanding books to share with your students this month, I’d like to mention a few of my own class favorites for Thanksgiving and Veterans day. I'll also tell you why I recommend them so highly. Then, if you’d like to read more reviews, detailed descriptions or purchase the book, you can click on the title or cover image, and you'll go right to it on Amazon where you can get more information! I also recommend that you locate your books several weeks in advance of the lesson so you can read them and make sure they are right for your class.

Thank You, Sarah: the Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving By Laurie Halse Anderson and Matt Faulkner

This is a wonderful book about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States and how Sarah Hale helped make it a national holiday. This book is great for teaching students about the "power of the pen" and how one person can make a difference.

If You Were At the First Thanksgiving By Anne Kamma

This is a great nonfiction book organized in a question and answer format. It provides information about the first Thanksgiving as well as information about how the Pilgrims lived when they first came to America.

Oh, What a Thanksgiving! By Steven Kroll and S. D. Schindler

This is an excellent book for comparing and contrasting Thanksgiving today with the traditions observed by the Pilgrims.

'Twas the Night before Thanksgiving By Dav Pilkey 

This hilarious book takes the form of a long, illustrated poem with a single stanza on each page. While the stanzas are similar to the traditional Christmas poem, the story is anything but traditional! Your students will love the surprise ending!

The Wall By Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler

This is an excellent book to read to students when discussing Veteran's Day. It's a touching story about a boy who travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his father to seek out his grandfather's name.

I hope you enjoy sharing these with your students as much as I do. They are a great way to foster a warm holiday spirit in the classroom. You can also find activities for many of these books in my November Activities from Teaching Resources Mini Pack.

Don't forget to pick up a few marshmallows for the hot chocolate! Yum!

If you have a favorite book for November, I hope you will leave a comment with your book recommendation here, too.

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