A New Look at Thanksiving Using Children's Literature

Created on October 24, 2022, 2:03 pm

Last Updated October 31, 2022, 10:45 am

List created for "A New Look at Thanksgiving Using Children's Literature" blog post published November 2022. List created by K-M Cajigas, BBTL Family Literacy Coordinator.
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Ages 3 to 7. Themes: community, food systems, occupations, labor.
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Photo essay offering a counternarrative to prevailing Thanksgiving narratives. Ages 8-12, grades 3-7. Can be used for classroom lesson planning for younger students.
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Ages 4-8. Book about the seasons and food gathering from Native perspective. Author member of Tlingit Nation.
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Ages 3-5. Indigenous perspective on our responsibility to the earth and each other. Authors from Lake Babine Nation; illustrator of Cree background.
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Ages 3-6. Expressing thankfulness and community care.
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Ages 3-7. Follow how eggs get from the farm to the store and our homes, with fun mazes.
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Ages 3-6. Features depiction of present day Native American families. Written by Native author from Seminole Nation, Mekusukey band.
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Bilingual English/Spanish text. Appropriate for PreK through grade 3. Thankfulness.
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Appropriate for ages 2 and up. Cut paper illustrations follow vegetables from seed to soup.
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Middle Grades nonfiction, ages 8 and up. Can be used for lesson planning for younger students. Written by citizen of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.
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Ages 3 and up. Written and illustrated by creators from Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Themes: sharing of food, family, respect for Elders.
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Ages 2 to 8. A rabbit and a frog show readers how to be thankful for everyday things.
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Nonfiction picture book, ages 4-8. Presents history of how Thanksgiving became a national holiday-which had nothing to do with traditional Thanksgiving narratives.
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Ages 5 to 11. Thankfulness from an indigenous perspective (Akwasne Mohawk).
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Nonfiction, ages 7 to 10, grades 2-5. Can be used for lesson planning for younger students. Reconsideration of the Plymouth Thanksgiving narrative written and illustrated by Native creators (Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township/Ojibwe of Minnesota).
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Ages 3 to 7. Telling of the story of the "first" Thanksgiving from an indigenous Mashpee Wampanoag perspective.
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Bilingual Anishinaabemowin/ English book. Ages 3 to 7. Themes: Changes of seasons , Anishinaabe foodways, grandparents.
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Ages 2 to 5. Themes: Family gatherings, sharing of food, counting numbers.
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Ages 2 to 5. Bilingual Plains Cree/English book. Author and illustrator of Cree, Lakota and Scottish descent. Themes: finding happiness and thankfulness in the everyday.
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Ages 5 to 9. Themes: community, food systems.
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