The Thanksgiving story is such an important part of Thanksgiving. This list of great Thanksgiving books will keep your kids involved in the history of Thanksgiving.
Kids Activities Blog loves reading with children…especially if it is part of the holiday celebration. Our kids love to read stories and I love helping them learn about one of my favorite holidays.
A Wonderful Thanksgiving Story
We have enjoyed doing Thanksgiving activities to help us learn to a lifestyle of gratefulness.
One of the character-traits that I especially want to cultivate in my children is a sense of contentment in what we have been given and gratitude for the little things around us.
Hopefully, these books can help your children be more thankful while educating them in the history of Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving traditions.
8 Of Our Favorite Thanksgiving Story Books
The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
One of our family’s favorite things to do each Thanksgiving is to bake a bunch of different pies. That is why we love The Night Before Thanksgiving!
It is fun to read a book that has cute illustrations and mentions so many of the Thanksgiving traditions, from baking pies to watching the parades, and of course lots of family feasting.
The Littlest Pilgrim, by Brandi Dougherty
I am sure my youngest children can relate with this story, The Littlest Pilgrim. They often want to “help” in the preparation of our Thanksgiving festivities – and too often they get in the way or make a mess.
This is a cute book about a girl who has similar struggles and learns to have a friend through the process.
Turkey Trouble, by Wendy Silvano
Ever think about Thanksgiving from the perspective of a turkey? This book, Turkey Trouble, is super silly. It had my kids giggling as the turkey dresses up to avoid being “caught”.
It’s illustrated by one of my favorites, Lee Harper. We like his other book, Emperor’s Cool Clothes.
10 Fat Turkey’s, by Tony Johnson
This is a rendition of the 10 Little Indians, only it’s Turkeys, sitting on a fence. One thing I love about 10 Fat Turkeys is that it helps early readers with repetitive words and rhyming.
Thanksgiving on Thursday, by Mary Pope Osborne
We have several dozen of the Magic Treehouse series of books. They are great for kids who are just starting chapter books. Thanksgiving on Thursday follows Jack and Annie as they travel back and relive the first Thanksgiving.
Cranberry Thanksgiving, by Wende Devlin
This is a re-release of a classic story of a Grandma and her granddaughter. Each Thanksgiving they invite someone who is lonely and/or poor over to share dinner with them. This year Grandma almost loses her secret recipe for Cranberry bread, hence the name Cranberry Thanksgiving.
Thanks for Thanksgiving, by Julie Markes
Being thankful for the little things is a great trait to have. Thanks For Thanksgiving focuses on all the blessing that we have.
The pictures are great for opening discussions of the things your child is thankful for, and there are blank pages so you and your child can list the things you are thankful for.
This could be a cute tradition, to add more items you are grateful for to the book each year.
If You Were at the First Thanksgiving, by Anne Kamma
Are your kids past storybooks but not quite ready for chapter books? If You Were At The First Thanksgiving is a great resource non-fiction book for your shelves. It is part history book, part pretend-inspiration for a dramatic child. The book asks what your life would be like if you lives in the era of the first Thanksgiving feast.
Do you have a favorite book about Thanksgiving? You’ve seen my favorite Thanksgiving story books, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
More Thanksgiving Fun!
We have plenty of amazing Thanksgiving projects that would be perfect to go along with these wonderful Thanksgiving stories.
Need more? Than you’ll love these Thanksgiving arts and crafts ideas.