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7 Excellent Thanksgiving Books Every Kid Will Love

7 Excellent Thanksgiving Books Every Kid Will Love

Fall is in the air! Well, actually not here in Florida. Fall doesn't come until the end of December. LOL

What I do love here in my home state is that we get the entire week off at Thanksgiving. When I first started teaching, we only got 4 days off. It was so hard to get everything done! {Cry me a river, right?!}

So here we are for fall. If you read my blog post, Seven Sensational Halloween Books Every Kid Will Love, you will know that I shamelessly did NOT decorate for Halloween. So I kicked it into high gear for Thanksgiving! I even went out and bought Thanksgiving pillows for my house!

{I know I have a problem at Home Goods!}

{I know I have a problem at Home Goods!}

So I kept my promise! I also created a sweet Gratitude Lap Book for Kids. Want to hear more about it? Check out my blog post How to Create a Gratitude Activity For Kids.

For those of you who love all things turkeys and Thanksgiving, this is for you! So let's get to some excellent books to read to kids. I also like to use these sensational stories to take a further look at literature standards as well as create a fun, hands-on makerspace/STEM extension.

{The following books contain affiliate links. Which means that nothing happens to the price for you, but I earn a tiny commission on the sale if you choose to buy through my link. Thank you in advance!}

7 Excellent Thanksgiving Books Every Kid Will Love

1. A Turkey For Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

This is my all-time favorite Thanksgiving book. First of all who doesn't love all things by Eve Bunting? And second, it is so sweet.

This adorable book is a play on words, and that leaves Turkey concerned about his request to Mr. and Mrs. Moose's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Second graders love this story. I think it would work for 1st-3rd grade.

2. A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

Awww, the vocabulary in this one! This book is about a town, Squawk Valley where the turkeys have learned NOT to jump into any pots. The townspeople hatch a cunning plan to trap Pete the Turkey. Well, Pete is smarter than that! This book is excellent for all ages. Older kids appreciate the vocabulary and the story. Younger kids think the pictures are fun.

3. 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

This story is a Thanksgiving version of the famous poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. It is a cute story about a class taking a field trip to Farmer Mack Nuggett's turkey farm. Once the children learn the fate of the turkeys, they step into action with quite ingenious plans to save the turkeys. Younger children love this story, and the solutions make them laugh and laugh.

4. Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

This is a beautiful story about an immigrant girl who to comes to identify with the story of the Pilgrims. This book is perfect for older children. Second graders get it with some support. It is a short chapter book. Yet, you need a bit more time for the younger kids. This is the newly updated illustrated version.

5. Let's Celebrate Thanksgiving by Trina Deboree

Yes, I wrote it! But I wanted a nonfiction text about Thanksgiving that younger children can understand.

6. The History of the Thanksgiving Day Parade by Trina Deboree

This cute little reader is perfect for your younger readers. Kids will learn about the history of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is quite fascinating!

This is a fun counting and rhyming book centered around Thanksgiving. This book is perfect for very young children.

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, most kids will still be coming off their Halloween sugar high. So the more engaging we can make learning, the better!

I know one thing I am thankful for- Thanksgiving is a day off!

Happy Thanksgiving!


P.S. Need a hands-on engaging extension for some of the titles above? Here are a few Makerspace Moments in Literature for Thanksgiving and some close reading activities for some of the titles.