Can’t Miss Thanksgiving Books for Every Age


Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there are so many traditions to celebrate. In addition to all of our traditions books can be a great way to help our kids learn about the history of Thanksgiving and celebrate! We’ve rounded up a collection of books to help you celebrate the holiday with your kids. From classics, to newer titles with cultural perspectives, you’re sure to find something to make the season more fun.

Books for Toddlers

Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon

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This rhyming book with crinkle feathers is perfect for toddlers who love to touch and explore. As you count down from five to one, they can help turn pages and enjoy the turkeys’ silly adventures.

Where is Baby’s Turkey? by Karen Katz

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This board book classic with flaps to lift will engage even short toddler attention spans and is durable enough for older infants as well. Katz’s big round faces and colorful illustrations introduce kids to key signs of the season and are a favorite among parents.

Five Little Thank-Yous by Cindy Jin

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Focused primarily on gratitude but with scenes that suggest the trappings of the season, this book is a fun introduction to Thanksgiving for both toddlers and preschoolers alike. The hand art on the cover can also lend itself to a variety of craft projects to continue the fun.

Don’t Forget About:
Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill
Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney

Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers

Dino-Thanksgiving by Lisa Wheeler

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A fun find for dinosaur-lovers, this book will also make parents smile with its football references (Redscales vs Snackers) and other cultural references. My daughter and I loved joking about the littlest Dino who constantly says, “I’m hungry! Is it time to eat?”

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Deborah Heiligman

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Part of the National Geographic Kids series “Holidays Around the World”, this book does a phenomenal job of explaining a wide variety of aspects of the holiday while being diverse in its approach. The gorgeous photography that National Geographic is known for also makes it eye catching for kids and adults alike. Short groupings of text make it appropriate for preschoolers through early elementary readers.

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Younger readers will love Bear and his friends who share to create a feast to be grateful for. Jane Chapman’s illustrations make all the Bear books come alive. This book can also trend toward younger children too since it isn’t text heavy.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson

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Though knowledge of the song that inspired this series will make it easier for kids to grasp certain elements of the plot, this book is a fun take on the season that will have kids giggling.

Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf

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For over 20 years, a family in upstate New York has hosted an outdoor Thanksgiving feast in the woods on their farm with over 200 friends and family joining in each year. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of that day and emphasizes working together and gratitude.

Don’t Forget About:
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Books for Grade Schoolers

Rivka’s First Thanksgiving by Elsa Okon Real

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The historical perspective on Jewish immigrants and heavier text make this book best suited to older readers. Rivka respectfully pushes her Jewish community to find ways to celebrate their gratitude for their new life while staying true to old traditions in her first ever Thanksgiving.

Thank You, Omu! By One Mora

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Richly colored cut-paper designs illustrate this cozy story about Omu and her delicious stew. One by one, the smell of it draws her neighbors to her door and she offers each a portion. Soon the pot is empty and Omu has no meal left, but the generosity she shows is paid back by her neighbors.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp

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This book is based on a Native American good morning message that is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift. Richly illustrated, this provides children a fresh view of gratitude for the world around them in all its beauty.

Don’t Forget About:
Milly and the Macy’s Parade by Shana Corey
Not This Turkey by Jessica Steinberg

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