Thanksgiving Books for Kids

It is already November and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here!  This list shares some of our favorite Thanksgiving books for kids to look at and read this time of year.  There are board books, fiction books, and nonfiction books.  Be sure to take the list with you to the library or book store next time you go, or shop via the included Amazon links and have books shipped right to your door!

Thanksgiving books for kids

Books marked with an * were recommended by our readers.  Thanks for sharing!!  If you have other Thanksgiving book suggestions, please leave them in the comments below and I will get them added!

Thanksgiving Books for Kids:

  1. Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey by Herman Parish
  2. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
  3. The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  4. The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan Berenstain
  5. The Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving All Around by Mike Berenstain
  6. The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain
  7. Biscuit is Thankful by Alyssa Satin Capucilli*
  8. Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin
  9. Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli*
  10. …If You Sailed On The Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern
  11. If You Were At The First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma
  12. In November by Cynthia Rylant
  13. Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
  14. The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
  15. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly and James Dean
  16. The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern
  17. The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas
  18. The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross
  19. T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story by Tanya Lee Stone
  20. Thank You by Berryland Books
  21. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
  22. The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell
  23. The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
  24. Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks! by Margaret Sutherland
  25. Thanksgiving Is Here! by Diane Goode
  26. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey by Lucille Colandro
  27. A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
  28. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
  29. The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz*
  30. This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed

A few of these books are non-fiction and would not make for very high interest “cover-to-cover” reads…unless your child is very into pilgrims or history!  However, you can use the pictures and excerpts from the text to engage your child on their level while still interacting with the books and teaching them about Thanksgiving!!  For these types of books, you could also just plan to read short passages out of them daily for the month of November to keep your child interested.

Additionally, some of these books are Christian/religious/faith-based.

Which Thanksgiving books for kids are your favorites?
Do you have any to add?

See our Fall book list for kids.
See one of our favorite November traditions: The Tree of Thanks.

Originally published on Oct 31, 2012

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • I just found your site yesterday and already you are becoming an invaluable source. I was looking high and low for Thanksgiving books – I found a few of my own – none that I loved – I wanted to find the true history of Thanksgiving about pilgrims and indians – which was difficult to find -I was able to pick up five of your suggestions for our 2 year old. Here are some of the one’s I bought not on your list

    – What Is Thanksgiving? by Michelle Medlock Adams
    – Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
    – The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
    – The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book [Board book]by Kathryn Lynn Davis
    – Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet [Paperback]by Jane O’Connor

  • Thanks so much for the book list. I recently went to the library and found such a poor selection of Thanksgiving titles. It was so disappointing! Now I know what to look for online to build my own holiday library.

  • Samantha says:

    My favorite is Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry and Wende Devlin!

  • Famika says:

    I love There was an old woman who swallowed a pie! book.

  • Amy says:

    My favorite it Cranberry Thanksgiving too!

  • Melanie says:

    We LOVE Biscuit is Thankful! So sweet.

    Mel at

  • Melanie says:

    We LOVE Biscuit is Thankful! So sweet.

    Mel at

  • Anonymous says:

    A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting!!!
    And Thanksgiving at the Tapleton’s (version with fox family)

  • Anonymous says:

    over the river: a turkey’s tale is a fun one.

  • Great list! We’ll definitely be sharing it with our readers 🙂 — Sarah at Easyread

  • I love Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell. It’s great for older preschoolers who want to learn about native americans and pilgrims. Not too much text to wade through and engaging pictures of young children dressed in costumes.
    My personal favorite story is A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting. Such a creative and funny story!

  • Krissy says:

    One is a feast for Mouse: A thanksgiving tale by Judy Cox and Jeffrey Ebbeler teaches to be Thankful and not greedy. My kids love the illustrations as well.

  • We do not celebrate Thanksgiving where I live (Australia) but just love books and love your site.

  • Love the list! I would love for you to add this and any other of your posts to my weekly Mom’s Library Link-Up.

    Thanks and Be Blessed,

  • This list is being featured in next weeks TT on Learn with Play at home. Thanks for sharing it! x

  • Kelly says:

    Twas the night before Thanksgiving is a great one…the kids love it.

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