10 Thanksgiving Read Alouds for English Language Learners

10 Thanksgiving Read Alouds for English Language Learners

Thanksgiving Read Alouds

10 Thanksgiving Read Alouds

You can use read alouds as a way to build students background knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving and learn about how people celebrate the holiday today. Many of these books can be integrated into language arts lessons on main idea, vocabulary development, story elements, sequencing, compare and contrast, and point of view.
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Thanksgiving Read Alouds- Books About Being Thankful

I am Thankful– This is a simple to read book that follows a young boy as he gets ready for and celebrates Thanksgiving with his family. It can be used to begin a conversation about Thanksgiving family traditions or as a guided reading book for students reading around a first grade level.


We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga- Learn about the Cherico tradition of gratitude through the seasons. This book also gives examples of Cherodi traditions and history. The illustrators web page includes a teacher’s guide that goes with the book.


The Thankful Book– This book gives examples of things to be thankful for. It follows the sentence pattern of I am thankful for _______ because _________. This book would make a good mentor text to go along with a speaking or writing activity where students share what they are thankful for and tell why.


Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks!-This story gives simple examples of what a child is thankful for. (main idea)

Thanksgiving Read Alouds- Books About Immigrants


Molly’s Pilgrim-This is a books I loved reading as a student for the plot and now can see all the great cultural and academic connections. It is a story about a girl that finds similarities between her own immigrant story and that of the pilgrims. (compare and contrast, story elements, character traits)



How Many Days to America-This is an immigrant story about a family fleeing to America. It tells about the difficulty of their journey. They arrive on Thanksgiving day. (story elements, making inferences)



Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade -Tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who began designing the oversized balloons for the Macy’s day Parade. This story emphasizes the contributions of immigrants to the parade. (story elements, sequencing)

Thanksgiving Read Alouds- The History of Thanksgiving


Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving-This book tells the story of Thanksgiving from Squanto’s point of view. It includes vivid illustrations. (point of view)


The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving-This story uses simple language to describe the experiences of the pilgrims as they travel to the New World and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. (point of view)



Pilgrims of Plymouth-This books tells what life was like for Pilgrim children. It uses reenactment photographs to illustrate the information. (point of view, compare and contrast)

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