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25 Fun Thanksgiving Books for Kids to Read

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and what better way to start getting into that holiday spirit than by reading some great books! The list below is full of Thanksgiving-themed books, all great for fighting boredom during an afternoon at grandma’s house. So get ready for turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and these 25 cute books about thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day Celebrations are only a few short weeks away. Are you ready? I have a few fun Thanksgiving books for your kids to read and enjoy the holiday with your kids. Books about silly rhymes, the history of Thanksgiving Day, and some reflection books on what they should be thankful for.

Thanksgiving books for kids

Why Teach Your Children about Thanksgiving

I’m not suggesting we should all go educate about Pilgrims and Indians. Rather, I’m referring to the importance of teaching our children to be thankful. What it means to have “Thanksgiving”? Not just about gathering around the table with tons of food and being happy we are together and then going to watch the parade.

Thankfulness and gratitude are great lessons that can be taught on Thanksgiving by showing examples of why they are thankful. Make sure as you are gathered around the table on Thanksgiving you go around the table and have each person give one reason why they are thankful. Just one thing from that year, it could be that they are thankful for a teacher they got, seeing a family member, someone purchased a house or got a new job, etc. This will help children understand it more if you talk with them about thanksgiving.

How Do I teach My Child Thanksgiving?

You teach your child to have Thanksgiving by example, but you can also use crafts and videos to help little ones understand more. (Remember not everyone learns the same way.) They’d probably love it even more if you got involved. Try to find some fun Thanksgiving Day Crafts for Kids, or even make a few Gratitude Journals for kids and some of your own so they can see how you do it. Making a dish for this special day will also help build on their memories of Thanksgiving and hopefully implement them into the future with their kids.

Picking out Thanksgiving books for your kid is important but make sure you get the right reading level. Young ones that haven’t learned to read will get frustrated with just pictures. Below is a list of 25 Thanksgiving books for kids by age group.

Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers

Turkey Trouble – Oh no Turkey is in trouble! Big time too. I mean everyone wants to eat him…it’s almost Thanksgiving! What is he gonna do? Maybe he can disguise himself and no one will know? Find out right here.

I Love to Gobble You Up!

Bear Says Thanks

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Character Books

The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Thanksgiving History Books for Kids

The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book

T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

If You Sailed on the Mayflower

Thanksgiving on Thursday

Please feel free to expand my Thanksgiving books list for kids in the comments section. I am always looking for more books to read to the kids. Have you or your kids read any of the books on Thanksgiving from the list? I’d love to hear about them.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

4 thoughts on “25 Fun Thanksgiving Books for Kids to Read

  1. These look like cute books that my grandsons would enjoy. They would especially like the Berenstain Bears. That series is their favorite.

  2. shelly peterson says:

    These are some great Thanksgiving books, perfect for my grandsons. They would really love the Curious George and Charlie Brown books.

  3. Charlie Brown is always a good choice. These look very cute.

  4. I like holiday books. Really I like all books with good messages.

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