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Thanksgiving Books For Kids

Updated on September 17, 2014

Best Thanksgiving Childrens Books

I love Thanksgiving books for kids that actually teach kids the meaning of giving thanks, help them learn new crafts and activities and teach them about the history of Thanksgiving, along with why this day is so special. This is why here I've collected some of the best Thanksgiving children's book that you can get your kids of all ages.

Reading books with your child is an activity that parents should regularly do as part of the quality time spent together. Teaching them about the Thanksgiving history and how it all became to be what it is now is not just about education, but also about keeping a long and important tradition to be pass on to next generations.

Enjoy browsing the books below and if you've read and loved a book that is not featured here, let me know in the Guestbooks section. I'll check it out and if is really good, I'll add it to the reviews for others to learn about as well.

Book cover shown above: The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving

For Toddlers And Preschoolers

What Is Thanksgiving?

What is Thanksgiving is a cute book for babies to read them to about this old tradition. It helps kids learn about the true meaning of it in a fun way. It teaches them about the tradition of preparing the turkey, eating the Thanksgiving meal with family and friends and all the activities that are involved in this long time tradition.

Learning about the American customs in an entertaining way is what this books seeks to achieve and does it with great fun. The stories are written in poem format which also teaches kids about poetry from a very young age. Recommended.

The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book
The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book

The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book

The First Thanksgiving is yet another great book for toddlers age 2 and up. Entertaining and instructive at the same time, the book teaches kids about its history, including the pilgrims, the Native Americans, and it's full of fun pictures to look at. The lift the flaps feature is great and kids love these kinds of books where they can lift them.

If you want to teach your kids about the history of Thanksgiving in a way that they will actually visualize and understand, this is a great book to get.

Five Silly Turkeys

This is an absolutely adorable book for preschoolers and toddlers alike who will love the feather page tabs sticking out of the book while flipping the pages.Babies love touching the feathers and grabbing onto them while the story is read to them.

A cute book that teaches about Thanksgiving in an easy way making kids interested in this American tradition. You'll get a lot of chuckles out of this book!

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit!
Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit!

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit!

Geared towards preschoolers, it is also a great book for toddlers. The story is about a little girl who teaches Biscuit about Thanksgiving. He then takes what he's learned from her and puts them into real action by doing good deeds towards others.

Very cute book, entertaining, but also one that small kids can learn from. The writing is very easy so kids who are just now learning to read can practice on this book.

My Thanksgiving Prayer

My Thanksgiving Prayer - what a great board book on this celebration, ideal for small kids and preschoolers. It is perfect for teaching kids about Thanksgiving and introducing them to prayers and the Christian meaning of the tradition. This is not a secular book but a rather (very lightly) religious kind which helps children understand the Christian message within.

Very simple and easy stories in rhyme format which hook kids up from the first one. A true classic.

Arthur's Thanksgiving
Arthur's Thanksgiving

Arthur's Thanksgiving

This book is in fact part of a series with the main character Arthur, who always gets intro trouble but brilliantly manages not only to come out on the top, but also learn new lessons and teach them to kids as well. Here Arthur is looking for a turkey, and after lots of adventures, he finally finds it. It introduces the concept of the importance of family and friends and of sticking together no matter what.

This is not a traditional book on Thanksgiving, it is so much more. Full of meaningful lessons for every preschooler, it is worth getting to read and engage with the story.

Marley: A Thanksgiving to Remember

Here is another book that is part of a series about a fun character, in this case Marley, a book that all kids will find adorable, cute and simply the best. His big smile makes every child smile in return. This story is about Marley helping out with Thanksgiving - at least in his mind anyway. A great lift-the-flp book that will make children laugh out loud and clasp their hands in eager anticipation for Marley's next adventures.

Really fun book, even adults will give a chuckle or two.

For Elementary Schoolers

Thanksgiving Is...
Thanksgiving Is...

Thanksgiving Is...

Thanksgiving is... a fun book to learn all about this wonderful tradition. Perfect for preschoolers and elementary schoolers, it teaches without being overwhelming. It teaches about pilgrims, about meals, about Indians and pilgrims, about the religious, but also about the secular aspect of this wonderful time of the year.

Recommended, along with the author's other books on the main annual holidays.

Thanksgiving Rules
Thanksgiving Rules

Thanksgiving Rules

A very cute book on the rules of Thanksgiving and making it through the holiday without a 'scratch'. It teaches kids how to obey their parents in a fun way, and how to have a wonderful experience instead of a gloomy one.

Fully of fun and adorable pictures that kids will simply love. The writing is humorous and it will elicit a smile or even a chuckle or two. Perfect as a Thanksgiving read for kids.

If You Were At The First Thanksgiving
If You Were At The First Thanksgiving

If You Were At The First Thanksgiving

Here comes an entertaining book on Thanksgiving that also teaches kids (and adults too) about the history, the pilgrims, traditions and their life. Has some good insights that even many adults are hearing for the first time about. Great stories with a captivating note, so kids will definitely enjoy reading from it for Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving Story
The Thanksgiving Story

The Thanksgiving Story

A wonderfully written Thanksgiving story illustrating the history and traditions around this holiday. Informative, it teaches kids while also entertains them. Perfect for reading in class when learning about Thanksgiving.

It basically tells the story about how the pilgrims have arrived to the country and what actually lead to the first Thanksgiving and how it became to be a regular yearly tradition. It is written in a more adult style, however even small kids can enjoy it if the book is read to them.

Turkey Trouble
Turkey Trouble

Turkey Trouble

Turkey Trouble is a cute, fun and lough out laud type of book about Thanksgiving and the turkey. The story is awesome and kids usually enjoy it to the state of wanting to read it over and over again. The pics are great too and they are a great addition to this humorous story that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Even though it's written for ages 6 and up, I can actually recommend this book for kids of all ages, including toddlers.

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving is a book that tells the story of Thanksgiving from a historical perspective. If your kids love stories written by Kipling, they will love this story as well. It is very well written, engaging and it keeps the attention going throughout. The tale is quite accurate in fact, it is not a tale of fiction as so many other Thanksgiving kids books.

Recommended for learning about this old and steadfast tradition.

For Pre-teens and Teens

Thanksgiving: The True Story

Thanksgiving: The True Story
Thanksgiving: The True Story

This is a wonderful look at the tradition that started the Thanksgiving holiday back in 1621 - or what is at that time? It's a great history lesson, one that children can learn in a fun and entertaining way. Recommended.

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)

1621: A New Look At Thanksgiving is not a story book but an accurate recount of Thanksgiving. It has some gorgeous pictures that help learn about the history of Thanksgiving and the first one that took place in 1621. Kids will love this book and they will learn the facts in an easy and fun way. If the writing doesn't engage, the pictures will definitely do that on their own!

This is a perfect example of a book to be introduced in class when learning about this historically rich tradition. Of course it's also perfect to be read at home at the dawn of Thanksgiving.

Are You Reading Thanksgiving Books To Your Children?

Are You Reading Thanksgiving Books To Your Children?

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    • FantasticBdaypa profile image


      5 years ago

      I have shared many of these great books with my preschoolers and my son. I can't wait to share them with my little girl when she gets here!

    • GregoryMoore profile image

      Gregory Moore 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My kids are 3rd and 5th grade, so they like to read on their own now. But I recently got my daughter "Thanksgiving Thief (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew)". Not necessarily a traditional book on Thanksgiving, but at least related.

    • pambrechlin profile image


      6 years ago

      I used to love reading holiday books with my kids when they were young.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a walk down memory lane - I read so many of these Thanksgiving books to my kids when they were young!

    • artbyrodriguez profile image

      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      Great idea with these Thanksgiving books to teach our children the basics about this American holiday. Very well done lens.

    • PaulWinter profile image


      6 years ago

      We don't celebrate thanksgiving here in the UK. I think it's a shame, every nation should have at least one day a year they set aside to be thankful for the good things they have. Teaching kids to be thankful and to say thank you, helps them to become more happy and fulfilled as they grow to adulthood.

    • DuaneJ profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm sure many kids will benefit from these Thanksgiving books!


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