11 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

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To get into the spirit of Thanksgiving, today we’re sharing some of our favorite reads! Whether it’s about the American holiday or a book on gratitude, these suggestions will be ones you’ll want to read with your kids. This post contains affiliate links- if you’d like to purchase any of the books, click on the pictures. Or you can find them at your local library!

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
A funny retake on the classic Christmas rhyme! The children are off on a field trip to a turkey farm, only to discover that all of the turkeys will be killed the next day. So they hatch a plan to save the turkeys.

The Dragon Thanksgiving Feast: Things to Make and Do
Usually I wouldn’t get a craft book for my toddler, but this one actually had a plot with the craft instructions embedded in the pictures. I really enjoyed reading this with my son.

Thanksgiving Rules
Want to help your child know what to expect on Thanksgiving? This little boy is an expert at Thanksgiving, and he’s here to explain to you the rules that go with the day. There’s greeting relatives, eating food, saving room for dessert, and more.

Run, Turkey, Run!
It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and turkey knows what’s going to happen. So he decides to hide. But where can he go where the farmer won’t find him? Should he hide with the pigs? Swim underwater with the ducks? We loved trying to spot the turkey in it’s different hiding places.

My First Thanksgiving
This is a perfect book if you want to explain to your children how Thanksgiving started. It briefly covers the pilgrims and indians first feast, and then explains some of the traditions of Thanksgiving today.

One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale
A cute house mouse emerges from his “hidey hole” after Thanksgiving dinner to find that there are lots of leftovers for him to feast on. Kids will be on the edge of their seats as Mouse attempts to carry loads of food with him back to his hole – until the CAT discovers him! Will Mouse make it back safely? And will he get to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast?

Thanking the Moon- Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
I love learning about other country’s Thanksgiving celebrations. This book explains some of the simple traditions associated with the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

Thank You Book- Elephant and Piggie
Of course I couldn’t do a list without including an Elephat and Piggie book. Piggie goes on a Thank-O-Rama and tries to thank everyone she knows for something special. But will she forget someone?

Bear Says Thanks
We love the Bear series. I don’t know if it’s the cadence of the rhymes or the illustrations, but this is a definite must-read for your Thanksgiving.

All of Me: A Book of Thanks
It’s important to teach kids to love and be grateful for their bodies. All of Me helps kids realize just how special and amazing their bodies are.

Gracias, Thanks
A fun bilingual book, Gracias highlights some of the things a child would be grateful for if you asked them. My favorite example was the main character thanking his brother for spilling peas on his sister because it made him laugh.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving books?