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Books for November's Character Theme:

“Thanks for Thanksgiving” by Julie Markes Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family! This book reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable.

“Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks” by Margaret Sutherland Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history--and turkey, of course!--but most importantly, it's a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.

“Gratitude Soup” by Olivia Rosewood Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. She is able to shrink her pot of soup with her imagination, and she keeps the gratitude warm and flowing in her heart all day and all night. Perfect for teaching your children about gratitude with fun and play.

 “My Gratitude Soup” by Olivia Rosewood After the best-selling Gratitude Soup come's this “create your own” version! Teach your children about gratitude using this easy and fun coloring and collage book.

“Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks” by John Bucchino Grateful is a reminder of the gifts available to us when we approach life with gratitude. A joyous celebration of the beauty of the seasons, the wonders of nature, and the blessings of faith, here is a gift to be treasured by children and adults of all ages.

“An Awesome Book of Thanks!” by Dallas Clayton This book conveys, in pictures and simple yet beautiful language, many ways one can be thankful, and many different things in life to be thankful for. Great for little kids!

 “The Thankful Book” by Todd Parr The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bath time to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life's special moments. The perfect book to treasure and share.

 “I'm Thankful Each Day” by P. K. Hallinan There are so many things in this world for which to be thankful? The sun and the moon, flowers and raindrops, family and friends. Children will delight in counting their own blessings as they follow the pages of this colorfully illustrated, easy-to-read book. 

 “In November” by Cynthia Rylant In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends. The words and paintings of this book capture the cherished moments of this autumn month--the moments we spend together and the ones we witness in the world around us.

 “Splat Says Thank You!” (Splat the Cat) by Rob Scotton Splat the Cat's trusty mouse friend, Seymour, needs cheering up, and Splat wants to help. He's been working on something special for Seymour—not just a thank-you card but a thank-you book! His book lists all the sweet and often hilarious reasons Splat is thankful for their friendship.

 “Bear Says Thanks” by Karma Wilson Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? This book brings to life the celebration of family and friendship.
“The Most Thankful Thing” by Lisa McCourt This heartwarming picture book by the creators of I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE reveals what every parent is most thankful for. A perfect bedtime story for every day -- and especially for Thanksgiving! When a little girl asks her mom what her "most thankful thing ever" is, Mom turns the question into a fun trip down memory lane. Turning the pages of Mom's photo album, they discover many wonderful moments in Mom's life. But one event in Mom's whole life is the very best ever -- the birth of her precious little girl. 


“Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving” by Laurie Halse Anderson Thanksgiving might have started with a feast on Plymouth's shore. But by the 1800s America's observance was waning. None of the presidents nor Congress sought to revive the holiday. And so one invincible "lady editor" named Sarah Hale took it upon herself to rewrite the recipe for Thanksgiving as we know it today. This is an inspirational, historical, all-out boisterous tale about perseverance and belief: In 1863 Hale's thirty-five years of petitioning got Abraham Lincoln  is a tribute to Hale, her fellow campaigners, and to the amendable government that affords citizens the power to make the world a better place!

 “The Circle of Thanks: Native American Poems and Songs of Thanksgiving” by Joseph Bruchac The custom of giving thanks is deeply ingrained among the native peoples of North America. Award-winning Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac has gathered thirteen beautiful thanksgiving pieces, honoring every aspect of creation.

“Thanksgiving Blessings” by Mike Brenstain This is a Berenstain Bears book with a beautiful, traditional approach to the thanksgiving holiday.

 “Thank You Mr. Falker” by Patricia Polacco Here the author tells how one of her teachers helped change her life from a struggling reader to a girl who believed she could overcome her reading difficulties and ultimately did.​

Books for October's Character Theme:
Hard Work and Enthusiasm

Borden, Louise. Fly high! The Story of Bessie Coleman. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004.

Summary:  This book discusses the life of the determined African American woman who went all the way to France in order to earn her pilot's license in 1921.


Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel: Story and Pictures. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, c1967.

Summary:  Mike Mulligan proves that, although dated, his steam shovel is still useful.


Jordan, Deloris. Salt in his shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream. New York: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, c2000.

Summary:  Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.


Look, Lenore. Love as Strong as Ginger. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1999.

Summary:  A Chinese American girl comes to realize how hard her grandmother works to fulfill her dreams when they spend a day together at the grandmother's job cracking crabs.


Piper, Watty. The Little Engine that Could. New York: Platt & Munk, c1976.

Summary:  When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of dolls, toys, and good food over the mountain.


Pryor, Bonnie. The Dream Jar. New York: Morrow Junior Books, c1996.

Summary:  After emigrating to America, each member of a Russian family works hard to contribute to the family's dream of someday owning and running a store.


Waddell, Martin. Farmer Duck. Cambridge, Mass: Candlewick Press, 1992.

Summary:  When a kind and hardworking duck nearly collapses from overwork, while taking care of a farm because the owner is too lazy to do so, the rest of the animals get together and chase the farmer out of town.


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