Top 10 Thanksgiving Children’s Books

Can you believe that it’s NOVEMBER? That still just shocks me. I know it’s been a week, but goodness this year is flying! Maybe that’s just being a parent? In our house, November means a lot of pumpkins are baking, and we’re gearing up for Thanksgiving. And holidays mean books. We love books, and I’ve fallen in love with so many wonderful holiday-themed children’s books over the last three years that I just had to share!

The Night Before Thanksgiving

This book is adorable. You’ve read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, well, in this book, the poem has been re-worked to fit the hectic preparations of a family getting ready for Thanksgiving. It’s fun, fast-paced and highly entertaining.

10 Fat Turkeys

You’ve sung the frog song (or the roly-poly song). I’m sure that if your kid is anything like Smalls, he totally loved it. And if that’s the case, then you’ll love this book. Start out with 10 fat turkeys and slowly watch what happens to them as they disappear!

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George

We absolutely adore George and his antics in our house. Smalls has not one, but TWO stuffed Georges (I’ve tried to pare down to one, but he flips out without big AND little George). In true George form, you’ll follow that silly monkey as he causes havoc and goes exploring on a Thanksgiving day.

T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story

Are you working on the alphabet? (We are!) This is a great book to teach about both Thanksgiving AND the alphabet using rhyming couplets and creative prose. I love multi-tasking!

Cranberry Thanksgiving

I love this book. It’s a little long for Smalls right now, but he’ll sit through it once before we eat Thanksgiving dinner. I call that a win. Cranberry Thanksgiving is a true classic, with all of your favorite characters. Try it and see if your kids can handle it!

Turkey Trouble

This is by far and away Smalls’ favorite Thanksgiving book. The poor turkey realizes that he’s going to end up on the Thanksgiving table and goes to great lengths (and I mean GREAT lengths) to disguise himself so that he doesn’t become dinner.

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

I love the Berenstain Bears. This book is a great way to introduce the idea of Thanksgiving, and counting your blessings. In true Bear fashion, the whole family is included.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

This book covers the epitome of overindulgence, as the old lady swallows and entire Thanksgiving feast. It’s a great take on the old rhyme with lots of fun illustrations and a quick pace.

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

This book is adorable. Days before Thanksgiving, a group of children take a trip to the turkey farm and discover that their friends the turkeys are going to become dinner! The children go through all kinds of hijinks to smuggle the turkeys home rather than let them be eaten.

Arthur’s Thanksgiving

When Arthur gets asked to direct the Thanksgiving play, he runs into trouble finding someone to play the turkey. No one wants the part! Arthur finally decides to be the turkey himself…and everything goes a little crazy. Suddenly EVERYONE wants to be the turkey. Smalls always laughs like a maniac when the entire class steps on stage as turkeys to help their friend.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving book?

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