Gathering Some Books for Thanksgiving


PlayDrMom gathers up some Thanksgiving Books for Kids

My kids and I love reading seasonal books as our bedtime stories.  It’s a great way to get some snuggles, a passion for reading, and some learning in every day.  Here are some books for Thanksgiving we’ve found and love:

Silly Turkeys:

  • Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano
  • A Plump and Perky Turkey, by Teresa Bateman
  • Run, Turkey, Run!, by Diane Mayr
  • Turkey Surprise, by Peggy Archer
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey

Being Thankful:

  • Giving Thanks, by Jonathan London
  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message, by Chief Jake Swamp
  • Mary’s First Thanksgiving, by Kathy-Jo Wargin
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving, by Julie Markes

Thanksgiving Feasts:

  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, by Alison Jackson
  • Mousekin’s Thanksgiving, by Edna Miller
  • Squirrel’s Thanksgiving Surprise, by Valerie Tripp
  • Albert’s Thanksgiving, by Leslie Tryon
  • Bear Says Thanks, by Karma Wilson
  • Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’, by Eileen Spinelli (“… but we’re together that’s what matters – not what’s served upon the platters”)
  • Blue’s Thanksgiving Feast, by Jessica Lissy
  • The Dragon Thanksgiving Feast: Things to Make and Do, by Loreen Leedy (great ideas and recipes included!)


About the First Thanksgiving:

  • Oh, What a Thanksgiving, by Steven Kroll (a great then & now comparison)
  • Thanksgiving Day, by Anne Rockwell
  • Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey, by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving, by Kimberly & James Dean

Thanksgiving Books for Older Kids (elementary school):

  • Scooby-Doo! Readers: The Thanksgiving Mystery, by Gail Herman
  • Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey, by Herman Parish
  • Nate the Great: Talks Turkey, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat
  • Thanksgiving on Thursday, by Mary Pope Osborn (Magic Tree House, # 27)

Looking for more Thanksgiving book ideas, check out these other blog posts:

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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