It’s a shame how much Thanksgiving gets lost in the rush to move onto Christmas. Our children need to learn about this important holiday and books for kids are a great way to introduce them to the traditions and the fun. Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving books for kids that you can share!
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Thanksgiving Books for Kids
Whether your child enjoys picture books or chapter books, there is something on this list for everyone!
Thanksgiving Picture Books
Alison Jackson takes a classic rhyme and gives it a Thanksgiving twist in I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland uses cheerful, colorful illustrations to help children understand the importance of being thankful.
Pete the Cat fans will love following along as he stars in the school’s Thanksgiving play in Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean.
In 10 Fat Turkeys, by Tony Johnston uses a silly rhyming story about turkeys to teach children to count backwards.
Follow along as a group of children visit a turkey farm on the night before Thanksgiving in the hilarious ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey.
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes helps children, and adults, understand the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
Celebrate the holiday with a banquet to remember in Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet by Jane O’Connor.
The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Kathryn Lynn Davis gives young children a simple history of the holiday.
If You Were At the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma shows historic details about the holiday from a child’s perspective.
Victoria Kann is back giving us another crazy adventure with Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper.
The classic Thanksgiving Is by Gail Gibbons gives young children a simple introduction to the holiday with colorful illustrations.
Thanksgiving Chapter Books
It’s Thanksgiving! contains 12 easy to read holiday poems by Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky.
Jack and Annie take a trip back to the first Thanksgiving in the Magic Treehouse adventure Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne.
The kids are back to solve a mystery on Thanksgiving in Calendar Mysteries #11: November Night by Ron Roy.
In Thanksgiving Thief (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew) by Carolyn Keene, the Clue Crew needs to figure out who is trying to ruin the holiday.
Junie B. Jones needs to figure out a way to be thankful so here class can win a prize in Junie B. Jones #28: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten by Barbara Park.
The always funny My Weird School kids are back and trying to save their principal’s job during the Thanksgiving holiday in Dr. Carbles is Losing His Marbles (My Weird School #19) by Dan Gutman.