Thanksgiving is right around the corner and is the perfect opportunity to spend some time talking, and reading, with your kids about what the holiday means. Here are four great books that remind us all to be thankful.

Annie and Snowball and the Thankful FriendsAnnie and Snowball and the Thankful Friends

By Cynthia Ryland and illustrated by Sucie Stevenson (Simon & Schuster, 2011)
This charming book, by the team behind Henry and Mudge, tells the delightful and heartwarming tale of how Annie, a young girl, fills her emptyThanksgiving table with friends and family. $15.99, ages 4 to 8.

 

Mo Smells the Holidays--A Scentsational JourneyMo Smells the Holidays—A Scentsational Journey

By Margaret Hyde and illustrated by Amanda Giacomini (Mo's Nose LLC, 2009)
This fun story is about Mo, a friendly rescue dog, and his exploration of holidays including Thanksgiving. With the addition of scratch-n-sniff stickers, this is an enjoyable read for kids 3 and up.

 

Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara CohenMolly's Pilgrim

By Barbara Cohen and illustrated by Daniel Mark Duffy (HarperCollins, 1983)
This heartwarming tale contrasts the pilgrims that are traditionally associated with Thanksgiving with the many modern day pilgrims, and all the difficulties these pilgrims face. A beautiful story filled with meaning, it is one we read each year at our house. $17.99, ages 5-10.

 

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse AndersonThank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

By Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner (Simon & Schuster, 2002)
Told with whimsical illustrations and snarky asides, this unique book brings to life the story of how Thanksgiving was almost lost but was saved through the efforts of Sarah Hale. Eventually her efforts succeeded, with Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday in 1863—38 years after Sarah began her campaign. $17.99, ages 5 to 10.

 

What's your family's favorite story about giving thanks? Let us know!