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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kids’ version has been adapted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Ricki and Kellee at UNLEASHING READERS. Visit their blogs to find out what other people are reading.

We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving and Chanukah, which has been affectionately nicknamed Thanskgivukkah, around our house. Gel clings for both holidays have been purchased and affixed to the mirrors where my daughter brushes her teeth.  Isabelle and I have begun talking about what she’s thankful for. We’ll be starting a gratitude poster, which she’ll share at Thanksgiving dinner, today.  And, of course, we’re reading about the upcoming holidays.  Here are some of our favorite titles right now:

9780062198693_p0_v5_s260x420My daughter is OBSESSED with Pete the Cat these days. There’s one Pete the Cat book that will prepare her for Thanksgiving, Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving.  Pete the Cat starts in his school’s Thanksgiving play.  He is nervous about acting in the play, but he is as cool as ever as he retells the story the first Thanksgiving in a way that is genuinely enjoyable for kids to hear.  This is a lift-the-flap book, which keeps Isabelle engaged in a historical lesson that she probably wouldn’t sit for if it didn’t involve Pete the Cat.

Han Board BookIsabelle has been carrying around My First Hanukkah Board Book, which my cousins passed down to her last year.  It’s a pretty basic book about the holiday, which is helping her learn about the symbols and the foods we eat.  I’m not sure I would’ve picked it out myself, but it’s perfect for teaching her basic things about the holiday.

papa's latkesThis week I’ll begin reading Papa’s Latkes by Jane Breskin Zalben. We received this book through the PJ Library.  On the surface it’s a book about a family’s latke making contest.  However, it’s really about shalom bayit (peace in the house), since the family comes together to do something fun.  I’ll talk with Isabelle about things we can do as a family — perhaps playing dreidel together — during Chanukah.

What books are you reading to prepare for the upcoming holidays?  Please share your favorite titles when you leave a comment.


6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. Wow-Chanukah is very early this year-you’ll have a lot of cooking to do Stacey! I have fond memories of parents coming in to cook latkes for my class and to share their ideas about this holiday! Your books look good; I had no idea that there was a Pete The Cat book about Thanksgiving. At the older level, there was talk about the Native Americans thoughts about our holiday too. Thanks for sharing what works with Isabelle!

  2. I also have a big Pete the Cat fan. We haven’t read the Thanksgiving one, she’ll love that 🙂 Have you read The Miracle Jar by Audrey Penn? While we don’t celebrate Chanukah in our house, we read this book every year. I think it’s one that has a message suitable for all. An oldie, but goodie.

  3. I haven’t had a chance to read the Pete the Cat Thanksgiving book yet. I was going to get it at my Book Fair, but it sold out. Thanks for sharing Papa’s Latkes, I haven’t heard of that one. It sounds like a great book.

  4. Your post took me back to the days of preparing for the holidays when the kids were young – along with the decorating and the baking, there was always reading and storytelling. They still remember their favorite holiday books!

  5. Hi Stacey, I haven’t come across any Pete the Cat books yet. Your review (plus the book cover) makes me want to search for it in the library right away. My eleven year old daughter is also writing an essay about the things she is most thankful for which is due on Thanksgiving Day, I believe in her school. Papa’s Latkes also looks beautiful, will look for that one too. Have a great reading week!

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