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10 Thanksgiving Books for Kids: Our Picks

Reading about Thanksgiving is an opportunity to discuss gratitude, appreciation and the reasons behind the Thanksgiving celebration.  Whether it’s funny or a little more serious, all of these Thanksgiving books for kids have a message.

10 Thanksgiving Books for Kids:  Our Picks

Thanksgiving books for kids

Reading with your Grandkids should be something high on your list of things to do.  I talked about the importance of reading to your Grandkids here, remember?

If you’ll be visiting with your Grandchildren during the Thanksgiving holiday, grab a few of these books to have at your family get-together.  If not, you can order them from Amazon and have them delivered to your Grandkids before the holiday.  Then use Skype or FaceTime to read them together.

Here are some of the titles we think you’d enjoy.

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.

You know the story of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly?  Well, in this book, it’s a pie.  And with that, the fun begins!

Thanksgiving pie book

Tom Turkey

Every year near Thanksgiving, Tom Turkey counts down the days in hiding. Thanksgiving is a stressful time of year for a turkey!

Thanksgiving books for kids: Tom the Turkey

Pete the Cat

Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!  Doesn’t everyone love the Pete the Cat books?  We sure do!

Ten Fat Turkeys

This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backward.

10 Fat Turkeys

Just a Special Thanksgiving

Celebrate along with Little Critter and his family as they give thanks this holiday.

(And you know the Little Critter Books are my favorite!)

Little Critter Thanksgiving

Turkey Trouble

Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main course.

Thanksgiving books for kids: Turkey Trouble

The Story of the Pilgrims

The Pilgrims’ first year in America is captured in this vivid retelling that is perfect for the youngest historians.

The story of the pilgrims

Cranberry Thanksgiving

This is a reprint of this delightful 1971 classic.  A reminder of what’s really important in your life.  And the Cranberry Recipe is in the back of the book, too!

Cranberry Thanksgiving

The Thankful Book

Even the youngest of us has a reason to be thankful.  This book is about gratitude for the “little” things in our lives.

The Thankful Book

Thanksgiving Coloring Book

I know this isn’t a book to read, but it’s a great book to color!  Keep the littles busy while you’re getting dinner on the table!

Thanksgiving coloring book for kids

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving book for kids?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Dorothy Franken

Friday 15th of November 2019

I would like to get Thanksgiving books but I have Twin Granddaughters only 12 week's old [email protected]


Sunday 17th of November 2019

Hi, Dorothy. For babies, board books are great. Here is one that you can get on Amazon that's really cute. Bright pics, not too many words, sturdy so they can handle it without hurting it...

Julie at Crafty Julie

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Love these recommendations - it's always so hard to find the Thanksgiving books since Christmas is always such a bustle in the stores. We love to stock our daughter's shelf with new books since that's what my mom did for me. I can't wait to pass along this post and book ideas to her as well.


Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Thanks, Julie! I'm sure there's something on the list that would please your kiddos. And thanks for sharing!

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