Looking for some fun books to read to your kids this Thanksgiving season?
Or maybe you need some practical ideas for finding time in your busy day to sit down and read aloud to your kids?
I’m there, on both accounts.
Although it’s been a productive year, 2018 has felt especially busy for our family.
A few weeks ago, it hit me that our school work- and the many other events that fill up our days- has left very little time for the meaningful and fun traditions that our family loves.
Like reading aloud.
And just pressing pause long enough to savor the moments that make up our busy days.
On a recent date night, I told my husband, Jeremy, “I’m cutting back on some things so we can have time to do the really important things.”
And so we have.
Life is still crazy busy, and I’m pretty sure it always will be.
But my focus has shifted a bit.
I sat down and prioritized our school work, and the many other details of our very full lives as a ministry/homeschooling family.
Three of the top priorities I was leaving out-
- Morning devotions with my kids (Jeremy does bedtime devotions with our family several nights a week.)
- Tucking my kids in at night (Jeremy has always been faithful to do this! Me, not so much.)
- Reading aloud during the day (Aside from school work.)
This post is about the third priority: reading aloud to my children.
I’m a melancholy sort of woman who wants to pause and savor every season of the year; autumn, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, most especially.
My priorities feel lopsided when I’m checking days off the calendar in such rapid succession that I can’t stop long enough to celebrate the little moments with my kids.
I’ve noticed that when I take time to cultivate appreciation for the days and seasons of life, my kids follow my lead.
As busy as I am, I can’t afford to not live intentionally in this season that comes only once-in-a-lifetime.
So I’m carving out some time each day to read to my kids.
Some days, it’s a chapter or two from a well loved book.
Other days, a short story after school work or before bed.
This afternoon, our five-year old son, Caleb, crawled up into Jeremy’s lap and shoved one of his favorite books at his Daddy.
“Read to me, Daddy!” he begged.
While I finished prepping left-overs for lunch, Jeremy read Bear Says Thank You to Caleb.
It’s probably the tenth time someone has read that book to him in the past week.
Here a little, there a little.
Line upon line, precept upon precept.
It’s how this little ones absorb all the values we try so desperately to teach them.
And that’s precisely why making time and space in our lives for living and loving well- and reading with our kids- is so very, very important.
I’ve hand selected a short list of the books that are perfect for read aloud time during the month of November.
This isn’t a book list I downloaded off the internet somewhere, and these aren’t books I think you should read.
These are delightful stories that my kids and I love; books we are reading right now.
These books offer a meaningful nod to this beautiful season.
There’s still plenty of time to order these books from Amazon before Thanksgiving; if a book looks interesting to you, simply click the links below.
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I hope you’ll create some space in your busy days for celebrating, cuddling, and reading with your kids at this beautiful time of year.
Here’s to living and loving well-
The Howards’ Favorite Read Aloud Books for Thanksgiving
Bear Says Thank You (Caleb’s very favorite book)
The Story of Thanksgiving (another adorable board book for little ones)
Autumn Story (a Brambly Hedge book, one of my personal favorites)
Cranberry Thanksgiving (another of my very favorite Thanksgiving books!)
The Thanksgiving Story (this one is part of our My Father’s World curriculum)
Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (by Louisa May Alcott)
A Time to Keep (a holiday picture book by Tausha Tudor)
The Year at Maple Hill (another delightful picture book, featuring seasons on a farm)
Do you have a personal favorite read aloud book?
What would you add to this list?