12 Best Thanksgiving books for kids

Teach your children about the history and meaning of Thanksgiving with these wonderful Thanksgiving books. Kids of all ages will love to learn how today’s Thanksgiving traditions were born.



The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving

Your preschoolers will love learning about the history of Thanksgiving and the journey of the pilgrims to America in this book.

The Story of the Pilgrims

This book tells the story of the pilgrims’ dangerous voyage to America, first harsh winter and amazing first Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

With a message about being grateful, this book for preschoolers takes the emphasis off the pilgrims and the Thanksgiving feast, and puts it on giving thanks.

What Is Thanksgiving?

This Thanksgiving board book is written in rhyme. It’s the perfect choice for teaching your little ones about giving thanks for our blessings.

Elementary schoolers

…If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620

This fact-filled book for elementary schoolers answers an assortment of questions about the pilgrims’ journey, the Thanksgiving feast and their first year in America.

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

Aimed at children 5 years old and up, this Thanksgiving book tells the story of Squanto and how it came about that he learned English and was living in the exact place where the pilgrims landed.

The First Thanksgiving: Step into Reading

This is the story of how the first Thanksgiving came to be, vividly told with color illustrations and easy-to-read for Level 3 readers.

Pilgrims of Plymouth

This wonderful book shows your child just what it was like to be a pilgrim child living in 17th-century Massachusetts. Photographs of historical reenactments and lively text pull the young reader into this historical period in time.

Tweens and teens

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

With spectacular photographs taken during reenactments at Plymouth Plantation, this engaging book tells the Thanksgiving story from the view of both the English colonists and the Wampanoag people.

Thanksgiving: The True Story

Geared toward children ages 10 and up, this book delves into the history of Thanksgiving and discusses many of the Thanksgiving traditions that we celebrate today.

Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember

This 80-page book aims to enrich your family’s awareness about the history of Thanksgiving, God’s role in that history and the importance of gratitude. This Thanksgiving book is also accompanied by a music CD.

The Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s New World

After a dangerous journey across the ocean, the passengers on the Mayflower were helped by the natives they encountered in the Plymouth region. For 50 years, they maintained a fragile peace, but then what happened? This book includes maps, artwork and photos to interest the older reader.

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