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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving and All Year Long

From Brazil to Barbados and from Germany to Ghana, cultures around the world celebrate the fall harvest and give thanks for abundance and good fortune. Bookshare has a variety of books to help families celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.”

For young readers:The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter by Randa Handler

Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra – During the nineteenth century, Sarah Josepha Hale dedicated her life to making Thanksgiving a national holiday, all while raising a family and becoming a groundbreaking writer and women’s magazine editor.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter by Randa Handler – In 1941, Takari and her Japanese-American family learn the importance of Thanksgiving traditions from her Native American friend.

Ready, Freddy! #15: Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble by Abby Klein – Guess who gets to play the turkey in the school play?

For parents:How to Raise Kind Kids by Thomas Lickona

How to Raise Kind Kids and Get Respect, Gratitude and a Happier Family in the Bargain by Thomas Lickona – A developmental psychologist shares tools that parents can use to foster cooperation and build character at home

For aspiring chefs:

How to Cook Everything Thanksgiving by Mark Bittman – The author who gave us the How to Cook Everything series shares 20 recipes for the big day

For adults:

The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan – How a year living gratefully gave the author a fresh outlook that transformed her marriage, family life, work, health, and everyday experience.Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick – What really happened during the Pilgrims’ epic voyage and settlement in the New World is a tale of conflict and colonialism, cooperation and betrayal

For crafters:

Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart by Maggie Oman Shannon – 40 meditative crafts to explore gratitude and invigorate your life

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Members can enjoy these Thanksgiving books and many more anytime, anywhere on devices like computers, Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, assistive technology devices, and MP3 players. Books can be read directly from a web browser or with a compatible app that lets you find, download, and read directly from within the reading tool. If you need help getting started, try the new Reading Tool Wizard.

Bookshare is grateful for the members, teachers, parents, volunteers, donors, and other supporters who make it possible for us to bring books to people with reading barriers around the world. The Bookshare team wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving filled with gratitude.


  1. Paul Scott Hooker

    You left out “A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving_ by Godfrey Hodgson. It’s been a favorite of mine for the past several years. Thank you for your outstanding selection and service.

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