15 Fantastic Books to Read This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland – This book is all about celebrating family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together. Putting it in a very simple text easy for children to grasp and understand.
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr – Todd Parr defenitely is a favorite in our house. We are constantly striving to set the best example possible of thankfulness for our children. It is so important to find peace in contentment in not just the big things that we have but also the extraordinary things we take for granted on a daily basis. This wonderful books puts all of those things into perspective in a very simple way for children to grasp.
The Very First Thanksgiving by Rhonda Gowler Greene – Geared toward younger children this is a simple rhyming book about the first thanksgiving of the pilgrims and Native Americans coming together. It isn’t historically correct but it is still a nice read that little ones will enjoy.
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes – Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful. But where do we even begin? This is a great book reminding kids and adults about the small details in life that we need to remember to be grateful for and not take for granted. We love this book in our house and it’s another great book to add to your child’s collection.
Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child – Beautifully colored, vibrant, illustrations in this book. Conjuring everything that was solid and charming about 19-century New England life. A charming book from the classic poem.
Twas’ The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dave Pilkey – Another favorite in our house, this book is about a group of kids who take a field trip to a turkey farm. They soon discover what happens to the turkeys before Thanksgiving. The children decide to smuggle the turkeys home and have them join in on their new approach to Thanksgiving dinner.
Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson – Did you know, Sarah Josepha Hale is the “lady editor” behind making Thanksgiving Day a national holiday? A lot of people are unaware of this extraordinary woman! This is a great book that tells the inspirational tale of perseverance of Sarah Hale.
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan Berenstain – The Berenstain Bears were always among my favorite books growing up. This particular one has a christian approach to it and it’s a great reminder to kids to be thankful for everything we have and what has been provided for us.
Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler – A turkey named “Runt” who figures out what really happens to Turkeys on thanksgiving. Trying to convince all of his other turkey friends and family but no one will listen. Another cute and humorous books young children are such to love.
A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman – A cute and humorous story of turkeys who have learned to out smart the folks in town at Thanksgiving. The kids will laugh their way through this fun and festive book.
Give Thanks for Each Day by Steve Metzger – Another book that we love. It’s a great story for young children, showing all the things to be grateful for in a simple, concrete way. It reminds us to not forget of even the small things to be thankful fo in each and every day.
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet – We recently read this book and has been such hit with my kids. Ever wondered how the Macy’s Day Parade came about with all the amazing balloons? Tony Sarg, a puppeteer, is the genius man behind the extraordinary balloons that we all look forward to seeing every year at the parade. Following his story in this book will be definitely be an adventure for your kids.
Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac – Most children aren’t familiar with the Native American side of the Thanksgiving story. Squanto’s Journey is written from Squanto’s point of view and brings to life a very important moment in America’s history. He’s the young man who helped the Pilgrims survive the ‘new world’ eve after all of his hardships. A great book to read to young ones.
Mayflower 1620 A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage by Plimoth Plantation – Presenting the true story of the Mayflower voyage, this books is very compelling with the pictures and informative text. It shows records of what the voyagers wore, what they ate, and the telling details of their journey. Filled with extensive end notes, a map, and a detailed chronology round out the full story of the Mayflower. This book is for older children ages 8-12.
1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace – This book is for older kids around 8 years old. There is A LOT of information packed inside giving kids the real perspective on what Thanksgiving was actually like. Filled with so much information and great pictures it’s a more balanced, and historically accurate version of the three-day harvest celebration in 1621. I definitely recommend it for your child’s book collection!
Have you read any of these books with your children? Which ones are your favorite?
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving books that you read in your house?