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Books to Read With Kids on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a lot of things: delicious, delightful, controversial, uncomfortable. But many of us can agree that gathering together with family — especially kids — can present the perfect moment to share a story.

So why not make your Thanksgiving weekend about taking a brief pause before the whirlwind of December hits? It’s a golden opportunity to spend a few quiet minutes to read, reflect and learn with your child — about the meaning of the holiday, related history or even different ways to celebrate (or not) today. And if you (hi, parents) are on chef duty this year, you can save these books for after dinner or pass them along to a grandparent, aunt, uncle or older sibling for some quality time with their favorite young person. After all, anyone can do the honors of reading to a kid — and if you’re responsible for the feast, you can be thankful for the distraction.

No matter who is doing the reading, we’ve lined up book suggestions for all ages — stories about being thankful, about the man behind the Macy’s parade balloons and the real (often misrepresented) story behind the first Thanksgiving. So grab one of these and get ready for kids to be enthralled, amused, surprised, you name it — no matter what, there’s bound to be lively discussion over all that leftover pie.

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