10 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are already preparing for the big day. You may have your menu planned, the guest room ready, and schedule prepared, but do you have anything to occupy the children while the meal is being cooked? Why not pick up a few books from the library for the kiddos to enjoy while the adults are busy in the kitchen? Red Apple Reading has several good Thanksgiving themed selections for your kiddos to enjoy on Thursday.

Turkey Trouble (Wendi Silvano)
Oh no! It’s Thanksgiving and Turkey doesn’t want to be the main course. Kids will have a good giggle over the hilarious disguises Turkey tries out in order to escape being the Thanksgiving meal. Preschool – 3rd grade

Thanksgiving Is (Gail Gibbons)
A nice read about all that Thanksgiving means. It contains the perfect amount of history for young children along with some contemporary traditions. Preschool – 2nd grade

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving (Joseph Bruchac)
Told from the viewpoint of Squanto, this story of the first Thanksgiving presents a new perspective. Kids will enjoy this inspiring account about a very courageous Native American. 1st -3rd grade

A Turkey for Thanksgiving! (Eve Bunting)
Mrs. Moose has always wanted a real turkey for Thanksgiving and Mr. Moose is determined that she will have one. Fortunately, the nervous turkey in question discovers that Mrs. Moose doesn’t want a turkey on the table, but at the table! Preschool – 2nd grade

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey (Lucille Colandro)
The hilarious old lady is back – and you won’t believe the things she swallows this time. Young children will enjoy this crazy tale along with its wacky illustrations. Preschool – 1st grade

The Night Before Thanksgiving (Natasha Wing)
Find out what happens in a typical house during the Thanksgiving holiday in this fun story. Written in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas rhyming fashion, this book is a fun Thanksgiving treat! Preschool – 3rd grade

Thankful (Eileen Spinelli)
This rhyming picture book is a great read-aloud for parents who have young children. Follow two siblings as they rehearse the simple blessings for which people are thankful. A sweet and charming book for Thanksgiving! Preschool – 1st grade

Thanksgiving Rules (Laurie Friedman)
Percy is a Thanksgiving pro and he has ten simple rules for making the most of Thanksgiving (“The early bird gets the turkey”). While they are good (and funny!) tips, Percy discovers that there’s more to Thanksgiving than all the yummy food. Preschool – 2nd Grade

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving (Laurie Halse Anderson)
Your children probably know many facts about the origins of Thanksgiving, but they may not realize how it came to be a national holiday. In this biography about Sarah Josepha Hale, kids will discover how the tireless efforts of this persistent lady editor brought about the national recognition of a holiday that was beginning to wane. 1st -4th grade

Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) (Mary Pope Osborne)
Join Jack and Annie as they travel back in time to 1621 for the first Thanksgiving celebration. What will happen when they are asked to help prepare the feast, but don’t know how to do things the pilgrim way? 1st – 4th grade

While you are making Thanksgiving preparations this year, remember that a good book is always a welcome addition to any celebration. Be sure to pick up some of these titles for the family to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Red Apple Reading!


Veterans Day Activities for Kids


Veterans Day is on November 11 and schools and businesses will observe the holiday on Friday the 10th. What will your family do to commemorate this important day? Red Apple Reading has some suggestions that will not only remind your family about the importance of Veterans Day but also promote literacy development. That’s a win-win!



  • Veterans Day Word Search – This Veterans Day themed word search is a great way to get the kids thinking about the holiday. If you want to add a little challenge, print off multiple copies and see who can complete it first. Thanks Going Crazy! Wanna Go? for this fun activity.
  • Letter Writing – Unfortunately, our society often forgets about the sacrifice our troops have made and continue to make on our behalf. Why not send a letter of thanks to one of these heroes this Veterans Day? Operation Gratitude has a letter writing program that sends your letters to deployed troops, new recruits, and veterans.
  • Veterans Day by the Numbers Video – History.com is an excellent teaching resource. You’ll want to check out this Veterans Day by the Numbers video with your kiddos. While you’re at it take a look at the other Veterans Day related resources on the site.
  • Veterans Day Mini Book – Teachers Pay Teachers has several freebies available for the taking. This mini book from Melissa Shutler is a great teaching tool for 3rd – 5th grade students and costs nothing to download!
  • Veterans Day Printable – Here’s another great freebie! This printable activity from The Kindergarten Connection is a great project for young students. It involves unscrambling a sentence, cutting, pasting, and writing. This project makes for a great discussion starter!
  • Veterans Day Crossword – Here’s a fun activity for older elementary children. Have them complete this crossword and discuss what they’ve learned about Veterans Day. Thanks ThoughtCo. for this great resource!
  • Interview a Veteran – Most people have a family member or friend who was or is currently a member of a branch of the armed forces. Set up an interview with this hero so your kids can learn more about the serviceman’s experience. Make sure to have your kiddo compile a list of questions in advance so they have an idea of what they want to know.

Veteran’s Day is a great time to discuss the sacrifices made on our behalf by armed force members. It’s important for our children to recognize the valuable work these heroes perform for our country. Take time together this weekend to commemorate this special day and thank a veteran who is in your life!


Fall Literacy Activities

Autumn officially arrived on the 22nd of September this year, and we have three whole months to enjoy the perks of the season! Autumn probably conjures up thoughts of pumpkins, turning leaves, and crisp weather in your mind. We want to encourage you to also turn your sights to literacy this fall. After all, literacy and autumn are two great things that go great together! Check out these fun fall literacy activities courtesy of Red Apple Reading!

Campfire and a Spooky Story
Nothing beats roasting marshmallows over a camp fire in the fall. Campfires also make the perfect backdrop for a spooky story. Check out a scary story from the library and read it aloud to the kiddos while sitting around the fire. If your little one doesn’t enjoy a good scare, then choose a fall-themed book to read instead.

Football-Themed Books
Nothing signals fall like the beginning of football season. If your little one is a football fan, encourage his interest with a football-themed book. Check out this list of fun books about football from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Sight Word Trees
If you have an emerging reader, you are probably frequently reviewing sight words. You and your little one may be growing bored with the usual review methods; try something different! In honor of autumn make a sight word tree! Have your kiddo write her sight words on paper leaves and place them on a paper tree. These leaf templates are perfect for the project.

Fall Acrostic
This easy literacy activity is great for young writers. Simply write the word fall vertically down a piece of paper then have your kiddo write a word or phrase describing autumn by each letter. For example: football, apple pie, leaves, and long walks! Afterwards let kids decorate their acrostic using crayons and stickers. Older writers can do the same using the word autumn.

Pumpkin Seed Spelling
Take advantage of pumpkin carving time this year with your little one by sneaking in a little literacy! As you are working on your creepy creation, talk about what letter pumpkin begins with and brainstorm other words beginning with the letter P. Don’t throw away those seeds after carving your pumpkin this year. Set them aside and encourage your little one to form letters using the seeds.

Monster Slime
Here’s another great activity for the Halloween season. Kids are sure to love this sensory writing tray activity from The Imagination Tree. Practice letters, sight words, spelling words, and phonics using your fingers to trace letters in this gooey, gross monster slime. Parents will love that it only requires a few supplies and kids will love the mess!

Thank You Notes
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! There’s no better time than the fall season for expressing gratitude to those special people in our lives. Gather your letter writing supplies and children around the table and spend the afternoon writing thank you notes. Teachers, neighbors, friends, armed service members, and public service workers are always pleased to receive a word of thanks.

Autumn-Themed Books
Whether your little one wants to read about pumpkins, leaves, Thanksgiving, or Halloween, we have the book for you! Check out these fun fall-themed titles we compiled especially for your kiddo.

Your little learners are sure to enjoy these fall-themed literacy activities and you will enjoy making memories that will warm your heart for the rest of the year. Red Apple Reading wishes you and your family a wonderful autumn!

Fun Family Labor Day Activities

It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is already here! The lazy days of summer are coming to an end and it’s time to get back into the swing of a new school year. Before we say goodbye to summer though, let’s have one more memorable family weekend. Check out these fun Labor Day activities the whole family is sure to enjoy!

Outdoor Movie
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. You’ll need to gather some supplies in advance so get the word out to friends and family and combine resources. Visit Babble for How to Host an Outdoor Movie Night in 5 Simple Steps. Enjoy your night under the stars!

Indoor Game Night
We all talk about how fun a family game night would be, but most of us rarely get around to making it happen. This weekend dust off the board games in the closet and gather the gang around the kitchen table. You might even surprise the family with a new game from the store. Need some ideas? The Realistic Mama has compiled a list of 20+Top Board Games for Families.

Outdoor Game Time
It’s a long weekend, so (weather permitting) why not also schedule some time for outdoor games? Corn hole, horse shoes, Frisbee, and touch football are outdoor classics that never grow old! However, if you’re looking to spice up the gaming a bit, check out these 27 Insanely Fun Outdoor Games from Buzzfeed.

Backyard Barbecue
Is it even possible to celebrate Labor Day without having a backyard barbecue? We think not! So get ready to fire up the grill and invite your favorite group of people over to celebrate with your family. Be sure you don’t forget the veggies! Grilled vegetables are delicious and are sure to be a hit with your crowd. Visit Gimme Some Oven for their Easy Grilled Vegetables recipe.

S’mores Bar
If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing treat to serve this weekend, you can’t go wrong with s’mores! The great thing about s’mores is they are as much fun to make as they are to eat. No need to prepare a camp fire for these yummy delicacies – you can do tabletop s’mores for very little cost. The Crafting Chicks have DIY Tabletop S’mores instructions.

It can be hard to say goodbye to summer, but memories made from a fun family weekend will keep you smiling through the remainder of the year. Take advantage of the long weekend and plan some activities the whole family will enjoy.

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day is August 9th, and while we think that every day is a great day to love books, this day is worthy of a little extra celebrating. Your family might be full of book lovers or perhaps you have more than one reluctant reader in your bunch. Whatever the current feeling is in your home about books, your family can benefit from a day of commemorating the written word. Red Apple Reading has a few suggestions for how your household can celebrate National Book Lovers Day.

Give a Book
When you give someone a book, it communicates to that individual that you value reading. What can be more appropriate on National Book Lovers Day than to gift someone with a book? Check out these different ways of getting a book into the hands of someone you love:

  • Visit the Library – You need not spend money in order to give a book. Simply taking your family to the public library is a fantastic way to give the gift of reading!
  • Host a Book Swap – Arrange a book swap with other families in your social circle. Tell friends to bring a couple of gently used books that they’ve already read to your gathering and swap titles with one another. Everyone will leave with a new-to-them book!
  • Surprise a Friend – Kids love to give surprise gifts. Buy a book for an elderly friend or other person who could use a treat and wrap it up in pretty gift paper. Your kids will love seeing the smile on their friend’s face when they deliver an unexpected present.

Have Some Fun
Have a little book-related family fun on National Book Lovers Day! Try out one of the following family friendly activities connected to reading.

  • Make Bookmarks – Gather up your art supplies and family around the kitchen table. Spend the evening creating one-of-a-kind book marks together. Everyone will leave with a new book mark as well as great memories from time spent together.
  • Guess the Book – After dinner, play these fun guessing games from Sporcle with one another. This quiz involves guessing characters from popular children’s books. In this second quiz, family members look at portions of popular children’s book covers and guess the title.

Of course one must spend time reading on National Book Lovers Day! Here’s a few different ways to get the family reading:

  • Designate Reading Time – Turn the television and gaming devices off and pick up a book. Designate an hour that is dedicated solely to reading.
  • Read Aloud – Gather everyone together and read a favorite book aloud to the family. Think your older children will balk at this idea? You’d be surprised at how much independent readers still enjoy being read to.
  • Listen to an Audio Book – If your family stays on the go during the week, try listening to an audio book. While you’re driving the kiddos to and from activities turn the book on and enjoy a story while traveling!

We hope you will try one or two of these celebration ideas. By the way, if you haven’t already tried Red Apple Reading, National Book Lovers Day is the perfect time to take the plunge. We know once you experience our 7 day free trial you and your kids will be hooked. Check us out today!