Parents say these are the best Thanksgiving books for kids to gobble up as the excitement for the holiday season builds!
These family favorites tell the story of the first Thanksgiving, teach gratitude, and let little ones know what Thanksgiving activities and traditions to expect as the special celebration approaches.
Enjoy these wonderful kids Thanksgiving books all month long before you dive into the Christmas stories!
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Magic Tree House: Thanksgiving on Thursday
Beth Wood: Early chapter book readers can follow the adventures of Jack and Annie in the favorite Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne. Thanksgiving on Thursday tells how Jack and Annie use their magic tree house to get transported back in time to the first ever Thanksgiving in 1621.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Kristy Pepping: One of our favorite Thanksgiving books for kids is based on the Peanuts holiday classic where the gang gathers at Charlie Brown's house for Thanksgiving. Charlie Brown is forced to make dinner for the rest of his friends even though he is far from a master chef. In the end, everyone is grateful for the hospitality.
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
Beth Wood: Read along with the Berenstain Bears family as they celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and learn about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.
Bear Says Thanks
Katie G.: In Karma Wilson's Bear Says Thanks, Bear wants to thank all his friends by having them over for a big dinner. Only problem is, he discovers his cupboards are empty. See how Bear and his friends solve the problem and enjoy their feast.
Llama Llama Gives Thanks
Beth Wood: Read this Thanksgiving book for kids by Anna Dewdney to find out what Llama and his family are thankful for all year long.
Where is Baby's Turkey?
Beth Wood: The littlest of readers will have loads of fun and stay engaged while reading this lift-the-flap book about how baby searches for a turkey stuffed animal while getting ready for Thanksgiving.
I'm Thankful Each Day!
Vanessa M.: This book by P. K. Hallinan is beautiful poetry for children about thankfulness that anyone at any age can benefit from reading! This book follows a little boy's list of things he is thankful for. Loosely religious, the boy is thankful for all the blessings he experiences, which helps kids (and their parents) become more thankful too!
Junie B. Jones: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)
Beth Wood: Junie B. Jones and her first grade class prepare for a classroom feast in this hilarious Thanksgiving book for kids by Barbara Park.
Kelly R.: A well-loved favorite that tells a different story than most other Thanksgiving books for kids. Grandmother always asks Maggie to invite someone "poor or lonely" to Thanksgiving dinner, but is worried about the safety of her secret cranberry bread recipe when Maggie reveals who she has chosen to invite. It's a warm and entertaining story with an important message about not judging others by appearances.
Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet
Beth Wood: Fancy Nancy celebrates the holiday with her family in her Thanksgiving book. As an added bonus, this book contains lots of Thanksgiving themed stickers.
Five Silly Turkeys
Beth Wood: This Thanksgiving kids book by Salina Yoon will keep toddlers entertained during each read! Five shiny, crinkly feathers line the book's edge and are perfect for grabbing while reading about five turkeys and all the silly things they do.
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks!
Beth Wood: Margaret Sutherland teaches children about the importance of being thankful while also celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Littlest Pilgrim
Beth Wood: This Thanksgiving book for kids follows Mini, the tiniest pilgrim in her village, who doesn't feel like she can do much because of her size. Meeting a new friend proves her wrong.
The Night Before Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving
Beth Wood: Young readers can read all about how the first Thanksgiving came about and was celebrated with the Native Americans and the Pilgrims in this colorfully illustrated Step-Into-Reading book by Linda Hayward.
The Story of the Pilgrims
Beth Wood: Young readers can follow the pilgrims on their voyage across the Atlantic and through their first year in America that leads up to the first Thanksgiving.
This Is The Feast
Beth Wood: Young readers will learn about the three-day feast celebrating the first Thanksgiving and how the Native Americans and Pilgrims formed new friendships that helped the Pilgrims survive their first year in America.
Nate the Great Talks Turkey
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
Kelly R.: This fact-filled book describes the experiences of the Pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower with detailed descriptions and illustrations that make it easy for kids to think more deeply about the history of Thanksgiving.
Kelly R.: Turkey decides to escape his fate at the Thanksgiving table by dressing up in disguise in this funny Thanksgiving kids book by Wendi Silvano.
Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers
Kelly R.: One of the most classic Thanksgiving books for kids, this has been a family favorite for decades. Mrs. Gumm finds an egg, and plans to have turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Kids love the sweet surprise twist at the end.
One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale
Kelly R.: Judy Cox teaches a good lesson about being thankful for what we have in this story about a mouse who sneaks a few more Thanksgiving leftovers than he can handle. A very fun read-aloud Thanksgiving kids book!
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