Here comes the parade!

I know I’m a late sharing two these books.  However, if you have an Amazon account, or a local bookstore near you that keeps great children’s books on their shelves, there is still time to order and read before Thursday morning.   I just received this first book in the mail yesterday and I love it!

And here is a great free activity packet (.pdf) to share with your children, just in time for the Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Use it to create your own Balloons over Broadway adventures.

Use these books to set the stage for watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet



Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade. Winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.   Review by Booklist.




The next book was published in 2006, but still worth sharing in case it is new to you.

Milly and the Macy’s Parade by Shana Corey


For students in Kindergarten-Grade 3
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a highlight of the New York City holiday season with its marching bands and big balloons. In this story, set in 1924, Corey envisions a little girl whose immigrant Polish father works for Mr. Macy himself. Milly has the run of the store and can fly through the revolving doors and ride up and down the escalators and the elevators. She and all the fashionably dressed customers think that the Christmas merchandise is “gorgeous.” But while Milly and her family are growing accustomed to America, they miss one wonderful custom from the old country: strolling from house to house singing Christmas carols. The child determinedly proposes to Mr. Macy a parade as an alternative. The marchers begin in Harlem with festive costumes, bands, and animals from the Central Park Zoo and end up on 34th Street. And so the annual festivity takes root. Helquist’s acrylic-and-oil paintings feature colorfully dressed people with angular faces and bodies outlined in black. The author’s note gives a history of the parade and acknowledges that while R. H. Macy himself died in 1877, he is a known character “-immortalized in the 1947 classic book and film Miracle on 34th Street-.” While the references to the Follies and the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts may be lost on children, this is an entertaining and lively variation on holiday stories.  Review by Library School Journal


Deni Corbett