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

Baby & Toddler Thanksgiving Books


Corduroy’s Thanksgiving by Lisa McCue


Where is Baby’s Turkey? a lift-the-flap book by Karen Katz



This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed


Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland


Children’s Picture Books About Thanksgiving

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas


The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving by Anne McGovern


The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross


 The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh


Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin



Thank you, Sarah: The Woman who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson



 The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing


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


The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan and Mike Berenstain



 The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Jan and Mike Berenstain



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. 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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