As we research and prepare for homeschooling our kiddos, we’ve gotten way more into reading aloud to them and the Read Aloud movement in general.
We read to them all kinds of things every day in English and Spanish–from whatever we may be browsing on our phones to children’s stories and history books, etc.
I’ve also become a huge fan of Sarah Mackenzie, a Catholic homeschooling mom of seven (or six?) who launched the Read Aloud Revival podcast and wrote The Read Aloud Family, Teaching from Rest, and the new adorable children’s book While Everyone’s Sleeping. I’ll delve deeper into my fandom and her books on a future post because today I’d like to begin sharing book lists that I hope will greatly help bilingual families.
As I’ve grown in my discernment and enjoyment of our daily Read-Alouds, I’ve also been immersing myself in tips from experienced homeschooling moms.
Most recently, and courtesy of the Spillover podcast, I’ve started following Heidi St. John, an author, podcast, longtime homeschooler, and founder of the amazing-sounding Homeschooling Resource Center in Vancouver, Washington.
I found a list of Thanksgiving and Christmas books on her website, and in light of the paltry amount of resources for homeschooling families in the U.S., I wanted to start sharing similar lists but for books in Spanish.
(I also asked Sarah’s team if their ample books lists included titles in Spanish and they were grateful for the idea but said they didn’t have any.)
Until these authors offer more “official” lists of books in Spanish, it’s my goal to help you, my readers, find books you’ll want to read to your families in Spanish. So I aim to include books that native Spanish speakers know of AND popular English books that have been translated into Spanish.
Without further ado, here are some books about Thanksgiving in Spanish:
Gracias, El Pavo de Thanksgiving by Joy Cowley (English Title: “The Thanksgiving Turkey”) – This book is a bilingual English-Spanish story that teaches children about the importance of gratitude during Thanksgiving.
El Día de Acción de Gracias by Anne Rockwell (English Title: “Thanksgiving Day”) – This bilingual book introduces young readers to the traditions and history of Thanksgiving.
La sorpresa del Día de Acción de Gracias by Peggy Archer (English Title: “Turkey Surprise”) – In this story, a turkey comes to the rescue on Thanksgiving Day.
Día de Acción de Gracias by Gail Gibbons (English Title: “Thanksgiving Day”) – Gail Gibbons’ non-fiction picture book explains the history, customs, and traditions of Thanksgiving.
Diez pavo, cero gracias by Esme Raji Codell (English Title: “Ten Turkey, Zero Pie”) – This humorous book tells the story of a turkey who is trying to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner.
Día de Acción de Gracias para niños: ¡Felicidades! ¡Es hora de agradecer! by Efrain Rodriguez – This book focuses on the meaning of Thanksgiving and teaches children about gratitude.
¡Es el Día de Acción de Gracias! by Richard Sebra (English Title: “It’s Thanksgiving!”) – This book explores the history, traditions, and celebrations of Thanksgiving.
Mi primer libro sobre el Día de Acción de Gracias by Bonnie Bader (English Title: “My First Book About Thanksgiving”) – A simple introduction to the Thanksgiving holiday for young readers.
El Día de Acción de Gracias: Un Momento para Agradecer by Amy Ackelsberg – This book teaches children about the concept of giving thanks and includes activities to promote gratitude.
Un Día de Gracias Al Estilo Perro by D.J. Steinberg (English Title: “Dog’s First Thanksgiving”) – This playful story follows a dog as he celebrates his first Thanksgiving.
El Día de Acción de Gracias de Clifford by Norman Bridwell (English Title: “Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit”) – Join Clifford the Big Red Dog as he celebrates Thanksgiving with Emily Elizabeth.
Pedro el Pavo: Una historia de Acción de Gracias by Teresa Bateman (English Title: “Pedro the Picky Turkey”) – This story is about Pedro the turkey, who doesn’t want to be Thanksgiving dinner.
Lie I told you last time, note that availability can vary, so it’s a good idea to check with local bookstores, libraries, and online retailers to see if those books are still available in Spanish.