12 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids

2 years ago

Editor's Note: Watching kids getting deep into books is always a treat. And seeing them get excited to learn or laugh -- or both! -- about holidays like Thanksgiving is pretty high up there, too. This NaBloPoMo piece offers up some great choices for children's books about Thanksgiving. It was originally published on November 15. --Nicole

If there’s anything I love more than books, it’s holiday-themed books! Back when I was teaching, I collected tons of book for every holiday imaginable. I loved changing out my read aloud shelf to match the current season.

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Now I still love sorting through my bookcases each holiday and pulling out all of the books that go along with it. I put them in a basket in our homeschool room and encourage the kids to read them whenever they have a free moment. Sometimes they do, but more often they "forget." Luckily, I really enjoy reading aloud to my children, even as they’re growing up, and I can usually get at least two of them to sit and listen while I read.

As Thanksgiving is approaching, I rounded up all of my Turkey Day books and realized I have so many that I love. I appreciate a mix of (fairly) historically accurate books and just-for-fun reads (I’m looking at you, Pinkalicious!), so I tried to narrow it down to 10 favorites. Once I got to 12, I just couldn’t cut any more, so here is my list of My 12 Favorite Thanksgiving Read Alouds for Children.

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgiesh

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins) by Alison Jackson

The Story of the Pilgrims (Pictureback(R)) by Katharine Ross

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) by Jan Berenstain

Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper by Victoria Kann

Cranberry Thanksgiving (Cranberryport) by Wende Devlin

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Bookshelf) by Dav Pilkey

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy Skarmeas

Thanksgiving Is… by Gail Gibbons

A Plump And Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) by Mike Berenstain

These are my favorites in no particular order (because I'm indecisive), and each is linked up to Amazon. These are affiliate links, which means I receive a tiny commission if you make a purchase using these links. Just so you know.

I plan to read one book a day starting Sunday the 15th, which means I'll finish on Thanksgiving Day. Not being able to narrow it down to just 10 worked out perfectly, huh? Now that’s some good planning! Happy reading!!!

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