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As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season, we want to remind all parents and students that Thanksgiving Break will take place on November 22, 23, and 24, providing a well-deserved opportunity for families to come together and express gratitude.

To make this break even more special, we recommend enjoying some family Thanksgiving-themed reading. In the spirit of the holiday, we have compiled a list of five books, each offering a unique perspective on Thanksgiving and the values it represents.

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story

Authors: Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, Alexis Bunten; Illustrator: Garry Meeches Sr.

In this Wampanoag story told in a Native tradition, two kids from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learn the story of Weeâchumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving. It is an important picture book honoring the history and tradition surrounding the story of the first Thanksgiving.

 Molly’s Pilgrim

Author: Barbara Cohen; Illustrator: Daniel Mark Duffy

Description: Molly and her parents are a Jewish family who have emigrated from Russia to the United States to escape religious persecution. Molly is the only Jewish child in third grade. “Molly’s Pilgrim” teaches us that it takes all kinds of “pilgrims” to make a Thanksgiving.

The Sign of the Beaver

Author: Elizabeth George Speare

When Matt’s father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness, Matt learns about the cultural diversity that existed in the land long before the white settlers arrived—a tale of understanding and friendship between different cultures.

The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving

Author: Ann McGovern; Illustrator: Elroy Freem

Dive into the historical context of the Pilgrims’ journey to America and their first Thanksgiving with this informative book.

Curious Readers – Positive Power Stories: I Am Thankful

Author: Suzy Capozzi; Illustrator: Eren Unten

This lively, leveled reader series builds social-emotional awareness while building reading skills, helping children understand the importance of gratitude.

We wish you a warm and enriching break as we reflect on the values of gratitude, unity, and understanding. Enjoy your time with loved ones, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back after the break.

Spencer Tuinei
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