The Best Thanksgiving Books For Kids

this first thanksgiving dayNovember is all about being thankful but the holiday hustle and bustle often sets in before we know it! Amid the baking, shopping, cleaning and other holiday prep, it’s easy to forget to slow down and enjoy the season of thanks and all the things you’re thankful for – especially your family. This year, make the most of the hours leading up to Turkey Day by sitting down with your kiddos to spend time together and help them understand what giving thanks is all about. And there’s no better way to teach your child with a book (even in this technology-driven world) so we’ve scoured the blogosphere to bring you the best mom-approved, kid-friendly Thanksgiving books that they’ll want to read again and again.

This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed

The popular teaching blog No Time for Flashcards recommends this beautiful Thanksgiving book (pictured above) that teaches the story of the first Thanksgiving through rhyme and counting.  Their review says, “The book has so many layers it will keep toddlers and preschoolers alike busy and engaged.” Plus, the beautiful illustrations make this book a great way to teach little ones history and thanks at the same time!

thanksgiving is for giving thanksThanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

The bloggers at Macaroni Kid are fans of this cheerful book because it simply and engagingly teaches small children about giving thanks by suggesting things they can be thankful for and relate to. We love this book because it makes Thanksgiving easy for your little ones to understand so they can begin to truly appreciate the holiday.

the littlest pilgrimThe Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty

The teacher behind the First Grade Parade blog recommends this darling book about a little girl who is eager to help with the first Thanksgiving but keeps being told she is just too little! Kids will identify with her feelings as well as learn all about the ways early Americans had to work hard to prepare their meals and perform all their daily chores, not to mention prepare a big celebration dinner like the first Thanksgiving.

the night before thanksgivingThe Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

This fun take on the classic Christmas book, re-done for Thanksgiving, is a top pick of the Our Creative Day blog.  It highlights the fun and frantic preparations a family must go through before the big day. The illustrations are marvelous and your kiddos are sure to love this story –probably because they recognize a few of the scenarios from your own family celebration!

Are you ready to sit down and explore these great Thanksgiving books with your little ones? We know we are!And if you have any favorite kids books about Thanksgiving to recommend, we’d love to hear all about them in the comments!


  1. says

    I am a preschool teacher and I agree – these are all great books!

    I just read Thanks for Thanksgiving to my students yesterday. I just love the pictures in that book!

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m stopping by to say thanks for linking up to the More than Mommies Mixer last week! Hope you will swing by this Friday and join us again! We will be hosting a giveaway to celebrate 4 weeks of mixing it up!

    Janene at More Than Mommies

  2. GCHTeam says

    Thank you so much, Janene – we’re so glad you enjoyed the list! And we were more than happy to link to the More than Mommies Mixer last week – we appreciate the invitation this week, too! Consider it on our calendar. We hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving filled with lots of love, laughter and delicious food. Thanks again for stopping by!

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