There's a Book for That: Thanksgiving
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful time for new and old traditions with family and friends, and certainly a time for reflection and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, and thank you for reading! Please enjoy these books for all ages:
THANKSGIVING: HOW TO COOK IT WELL: A COOKBOOK by Sam Sifton; Illustrated by Sarah Rutherford
From the national editor and beloved former food critic at the New York Times comes a smartly-written, accessible, recipe-filled, authoritative guide to Thanksgiving dinner—not just surviving it, but pulling it off in style.
GIVING THANKS: HOW THANKSGIVING BECAME A NATIONAL HOLIDAY by Denise Kiernan; Illustrated by Jamey Christoph
The beautifully illustrated true story of how Thanksgiving became a national holiday in America, of Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who made the holiday happen, and of the role of gratitude the world over.
THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE: A GUIDED JOURNAL FOR COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS by Louise Hay
Beautifully illustrated guided journal based on the work of Louise Hay, packed with affirmations and motivational exercises on self-love, joy, and living in gratitude.
“Life is very simple: What we give out, we get back. The Universe always gives us what we believe we deserve. No matter what the problem seems to be, there is really only one solution, and that is loving the self. Love is the miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. Gratitude is key to all of this.” — Louise Hay
THE WAY OF GRATITUDE: A NEW SPIRITUALITY FOR TODAY by Galen Guengerich
A leading minister offers an inspiring guide to living a meaningful life by embracing the power of gratitude.
POEMS OF GRATITUDE edited by Emily Fragos
For centuries, poets in all cultures have offered eloquent thanks and praise for the people and things of this world. The voices collected here range from Sappho, Horace, and Rumi to Shakespeare and Milton, from Wordsworth, Rilke, Yeats, Rossetti, and Dickinson to Czesław Miłosz, Langston Hughes, Yehuda Amichai, Anne Sexton, W. S. Merwin, Maya Angelou, and many more. Devotional lyrics drawn from the major religious traditions of the world find a place here alongside poetic tributes to autumn and the harvest season that draw attention to nature’s bounty and poignant beauty as winter approaches. The result is a splendidly varied literary feast that honors and affirms the joy in our lives while acknowledging the sorrows and losses that give that joy its keenness.
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks
“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” —Oliver Sacks
During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death. Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.
FOR YOUNGER READERS
KEEPUNUMUK: WEEÂCHUMUN’S THANKSGIVING STORY by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, Alexis Bunten, 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.
WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA by Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac
The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.
THANKS FROM THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle
Perfect for Thanksgiving or any day of the year, this charming book of pictures is the colorful way to tell loved ones “thank you!” Featuring art from the World of Eric Carle, this joyful book follows The Very Hungry Caterpillar and celebrates all that makes us most thankful.
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