10 Children’s Thanksgiving Books Perfect For Kicking Off the Holiday Season

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and one way to kick it off is to give your kids’ bookshelves a little holiday refresh (our favorite method of decorating!). Putting out the holiday books will surely get everyone for the festivities that follow, and reading together is a great way to help young kids begin to understand all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds holidays.

Make sure that the books you’re reading align with your family’s particular views on the holidays. Some families love focusing on appreciation during Thanksgiving, while others focus on food and fun. Many families adore books adore Santa, while others prefer to be a Santa-free fam. What works for you is wonderful and there is undoubtedly a book that is the perfect companion for your child.

We’re kicking off our holiday-themed book lists with the one that starts it all – Thanksgiving. This assortment of Thanksgiving books will help introduce your little ones to the concept of Thanksgiving in a variety of ways. Give them a read and let us know which one is your favorite!


Thanksgiving in the Woods

Every year a family and their friends gather in the woods to celebrate Thanksgiving among the trees. Everyone brings something to share and the day becomes a long celebration of family and friendship.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.

Balloons Over Broadway

This book tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, who inspired the helium balloons that would become the trademark of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Cranberry Thanksgiving

Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. "Ask someone poor or lonely," she always said. But she wasn't happy to find out Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house?

The Thanksgiving Story

This story brings to life the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday for readers of all ages by sharing a story of a family who traveled on The Mayflower.

The Very First Americans

Long before Columbus landed in America, hundreds of groups of people had already made their homes here. You may have heard of some of them—like the Sioux, Hopi, and Seminole. But where did they live? What did they eat? How did they have fun? And where are they today?

In November

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.


Thankful combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims

First everyone gives thanks, then it’s time to eat and celebrate. The book is great for little ones who are practicing counting.

The Autumn Visitors

In this book, a bear family experiences the adventures of fall, including a county fair, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.


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