Nov. 21-23: Thanksgiving Counting Books

Happy Thanksgiving! No need to expect a blog from me the rest of this week; I will be traveling over a river and through the woods to Granny’s house! Instead of being glued to social media on our phones or computers, I hope that you join me in focusing on giving thanks and spending quality time with family or friends.

I have three picture books to celebrate with you today and each book has a little Thanksgiving flavor, if you know what I mean. Funnily enough, each book is a counting book perfect for pre-K ages.

The first delightful picture book is titled 10 Fat Turkeys. 10 Fat Turkeys, written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Rich Deas, starts off with 10 happy, dancing turkeys on a fence. But, sure enough, one by one they fall off due to their “silly antics.” This cute, cute book teaches counting (backwards) and subtraction.


Break out your imagination hats for the second picture book! This next celebrated book has half as many turkeys as the first one, but they are definitely twice as silly! Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon is an adorable counting book. These turkeys are the essence of silliness: tanning on the beach, dancing, etc. The best part of this book is its unique shape and the use of texture to keep little ones engaged (the turkey’s feathers are made out of a shiny fabric).

The third, and final, Thanksgiving math picture book that I would love to share with you is One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims. This book, written by B.G. Hennessy, counts ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls as they prepare for a Thanksgiving feast! Kids will love the rhyming and rhythm used as they count the little boys and girls throughout the book.

Johnston, Tony. 10 Fat Turkeys. Illustrated by Rich Deas. Scholastic Inc. 2004.

Hennessy, B.G. One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims. Illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath. Puffin. 2001.

Yoon, Salina. Five Silly Turkeys. Penguin Group (USA). 2005.


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