Thanksgiving Books for Kids

by sheilamarie

A Thanksgiving book is a great way to teach children about giving thanks and helping them develop a spirit of gratitude. A Thanksgiving book also makes a fine gift for a teacher.

No matter what time of year it is, giving thanks is always in season. But when October comes around in Canada or November comes along in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday brings us a special moment to look at our lives as a family and to reflect on all the things we are grateful for.

All over the world people celebrate the harvest with similar sentiments. Children may want to learn how early North Americans celebrated Thanksgiving or read a book more on giving thanks in general.

Here are some books about Thanksgiving your family may enjoy.

Books Are a Fun Way to Share Thanksgiving with Children

Thanksgiving Books You Can Read Together

Thanksgiving Books Kids Will Love

Whenever a new holiday season comes round again, it's time to pull out children's books to celebrate the holiday with kids. Your library will probably have several Thanksgiving books displayed, but most kids really enjoy having a book or two of their own that they can read over and over again. What's fun about having your own kids' Thanksgiving books at home is that you can pack them away with your Thanksgiving decorations and pull them out again next year as the holiday draws close. Seeing that Thanksgiving book again will be like seeing an old friend, and you and your children can enjoy reading the book again.

Whether you are a teacher or a parent with young children at home, these Thanksgiving books will be a fun way to teach your children about the history and meaning of Thankgiving. Reading a Thanksgiving book together with your children can lead to conversations about gratefulness and sharing.

I'm sure you can think of many values you'd like to share with your kids. Reading books together can be a way to initiate a conversation you may not otherwise have about the kinds of things that are important to you and that you'd like your child to value, too. In a time when our culture has such a wide variety of different experiences and values, sharing these special moments with our children becomes even more important.

Thanksgiving Book

To Read to the Young Ones in Your Life
Gobble Gobble Mad Libs

Gobble Gobble Mad Libs features 21 original stories all about the yummiest holiday--Thanksgiving! Featuring hilarious stories about preparing and eating dinner, Thanksgiving tra...

$4.99  $1.09
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean's Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!Starring in the sc...

$6.99  $1.28
The Night Before Thanksgiving

Everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday is almost here! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the ta...

$4.99  $1.84
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)

Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history--and turkey, of course!--but most importantly, it's a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful ...

$3.99  $0.61
The Thanksgiving Story

In this festive Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, Alice Dalgiesh brings to life the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday for readers of all ages.Giles, Constance and Damaris H...

$7.99  $1.00
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!

The old lady is at it again, and this time she's swallowing a Turkey . . . she's always been quirky! You won't believe why this old lady swalloweda turkey, a ball, a hat, a ball...

$6.99  $3.25

Giving Thanks with a Book

Great Reading Ideas over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Any of these Thanksgiving books would be great to share with your kids. Because the prices are so low, you may want to purchase a few of these Thanksgiving books for the children in your life. Sending Thanksgiving books is a fun way to share with your far away grandchildren or nieces and nephews, too. Because Thanksgiving is the holiday for giving thanks, you can share your gratitude with anyone with a Thanksgiving book.

These Thanksgiving books range from the simple counting book of 10 Fat Turkeys to the story of the first Thanksgiving to stories about giving thanks in our lives today. All of these styles of Thanksgiving book are valuable for a young child in order to develop an appreciation for all the gifts a child could be thankful for -- food, health, family, home, and the gift of life itself. Thanksgiving is a holiday which reminds us of the importance of all these things and can lead into some wonderful conversations and learning opportunities with our kids.

These opportunities are precious and not to be overlooked.

The Thanksgiving books on this page are appropriate for preschool aged children up into the elementary grades. The older children may enjoy practicing their new reading skills with an easy to read book, especialy if there's a younger child in the house that appreciates being read a story. 

Is there a Thanksgiving book on this list that your child would enjoy?

More Books to Share with Your Family

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Updated: 10/08/2012, sheilamarie
 
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Comments: Do You Have a Favorite Thanksgiving Book for Kids to Recommend?


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ohcaroline on 11/15/2011

These are some good ideas for the holiday.

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