Thanksgiving books for kids

19 Great Thanksgiving Books To Share With Your Kids

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Books are one of our favorite ways to spend time together. Even as babies, my kids would bring me books and want to cuddle and read together.

As a large family of avid readers, we have a pretty extensive library, with a whole section devoted just to holiday books. We love to drag them out (we keep them in our reading basket) for each holiday and reading them has become a tradition we use to celebrate each holiday.

I think our Christmas collection is my very favorite, but Thanksgiving is definitely a close second.

I thought I’d share our favorites with you. Most of them are very inexpensive. I’m sure most of them are also available at your local library, but you will probably need to reserve them ahead of time, as the holiday books are always the most in demand.

Whether you decide to purchase a few or borrow them from the library, here’s the list of our favorites for you, divided up by age! If you want to go the extra mile, check out these easy Thanksgiving activities and find some you can incorporate with these fun Thanksgiving books!

When you get to the bottom, please leave a comment with your family’s favorite Thanksgiving books. That way, we can grow our libraries together!

Baby & Toddler Thanksgiving Books

Children’s Picture Books About Thanksgiving

 The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James and Kimberly Dean

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan and Mike Berenstain

Cranberry Thanksgiving Story Time

Story Time: Cranberry Thanksgiving

The end of this heartwarming and delightful story will have you wiping tears from your eyes, as grandma learns a few lessons from Maggie and Mr. Whiskers. Then you get to learn how cranberries are harvested, some botany and make your own cranberry bread using grandma’s top secret recipe!

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Story Time: Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Learn about Squanto’s life and how he came to play such an important and providential part in American history. Then play some old-fashioned pilgrim games, learn some geography and make a fun snack.

Beginning Reader Thanksgiving Books

Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey by Herman Parish

It’s Thanksgiving! by Jack Prelutsky

I Spy Thanksgiving (Level 1 Reader) by Jean Marzollo

Chapter Books About Thanksgiving

Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla

Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott

There are so many benefits to reading aloud as a family. And strewing reading materials throughout your house is such an easy way to create a reading culture in your family.

Plus, reading is just so much fun! I hope you enjoy this list of Thanksgiving books with your kiddos. Don’t forget to share your families’ favorite Thanksgiving books in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving!

You’ll also enjoy:

How to Establish a Reading Culture in Your Home

How Can Something as Simple as Reading Aloud Be So Powerful?

63 Family Favorites to Read-Aloud

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    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Aren’t Thanksgiving books a lot of fun?!

  1. The holiday book basket is such a great idea. And I didn’t know there is a Thanksgiving themed I Spy. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I think there are I Spy books for all of the holidays, and my kiddos love them!

  2. These are great selections for kids to know about Thanksgiving celebration!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      They really are fabulous Thanksgiving books!

  3. Thanks for the suggestions! I ‘m a speech therapist and am always looking for new books to share with my students! Love these ideas!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I didn’t know you were a speech therapist! I bet your students absolutely love you!

  4. I always love your book lists!! Our Thanksgiving library is quite weak in comparison to our Christmas one, so I’m excited to add some of these soon! We love Cranberry Thanksgiving too!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Cranberry Thanksgiving is such a lovely story! And I absolutely love the recipe in the book. Thanksgiving books are so much fun!

  5. We have some of these on the coffee table right now but I made note of a few others to grab at the library. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      That’s a great place to keep them! Our thanksgiving books are in a basket in the great room. I love keeping them out, visible, and very accessible.

  6. What an inclusive list of Thanksgiving books. I was so happy to see Amelia Bedelia included here. She is such a riot!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      My kids absolutely love Amelia Bedelia! Silly Thanksgiving books are so much fun to share with kids!

  7. I didn’t realize Laurie Halse Anderson had a picture book about Thanksgiving – nice! And I love Amelia Bedelia. 🙂


    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Who doesn’t love Amelia Bedelia? We can read her books a thousand times and my kids still roll around on the floor giggling!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Kids Thanksgiving Books are so much fun!

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