21 Thanksgiving Books for Kids the Whole Family Will Love

Get in the festive mood with Thanksgiving books for kids.

When it comes to kids’ holiday books, there are plenty to choose from. From board books to picture and chapter books, there’s something for every child. If you need help narrowing down your options, we’re here to help.

With this carefully curated list, we can help you find the must-read books your kids will love.The following Thanksgiving books cover a wide spectrum, including famous kids’ books and new releases you might not have heard of. Read the descriptions below to find a book—or three—that you think you and your children will enjoy.

1 | How to Catch a Turkey

In this full-color story, kids have to catch a turkey that is running loose in a school – right before the Thanksgiving play! Written by the New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the How to Catch series.

2 | Let’s Be Thankful

The team from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol, including Marshall and Rubble, come together in Let’s Be Thankful to share all of the many things they are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.

3 | Thanksgiving in the Woods

Based on a real gathering, Thanksgiving in the Woods tells the story of a boy helping his family prepare for their annual celebration on his grandparents’ farm. The book includes notes about the real gathering as well as the words to the Shaker hymn Tis a Gift to be Simple.

4 | Pookie’s Thanksgiving

Pookie, an adorable piglet, and their Mom share their terrific Thanksgiving Day celebration together in Pookie’s Thanksgiving. Their story includes descriptions of love, gratitude, and, of course, lots of food!

5 | Llama Llama Gives Thanks

Dewdney does it again with Llama Llama Gives Thanks, telling a charming and heartwarming story about a llama kid giving thanks in one of the most popular board books out there.

A father laying on the bed reading to his kids.

6 | Happy Thanksgiving

Ideal for engaging the little ones for the fall holiday, Happy Thanksgiving includes touch-and-feel elements in a board book for very young children. It educates about all the fundamentals of the holiday, including family traditions, turkey, pumpkin, and spending time with friends and family.

7 | Biscuit is Thankful

In Biscuit is Thankful, the sweet puppy Biscuit shows us all of the things he is thankful for. They might be simple, like his bone and his biscuits, but they are the things that he loves most.

8 | Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Pete might be cool, but that doesn’t keep him from getting nervous about starring in the school play. He doesn’t let that stop him from helping us learn about the first Thanksgiving in a fun way. In Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving, children get to open 13 flaps that reveal fun surprises.

9 | Gobble Wobble

The Gobble Wobble rhyming story includes a stuffed turkey puppet that you can wear on your finger and make it dance around to the rhyming instructions of the story. Spin, wobble, touch the ground, and more. 

Part of the Finger Puppet Collection from Cottage Door Press, Gobble Wobble helps little finger and hand muscles develop strength and dexterity through the fun of playing with finger puppets.

10 | Five Silly Turkeys

This emerging reader board book lets young children learn how to count from one to five with adorable turkeys. Five Silly Turkeys is simple, fun, and useful.

11 | The Night Before Thanksgiving

Christmas isn’t the only holiday that has a “night before.” In this book, the family works to prepare for the much-anticipated autumnal celebration. The Night Before Thanksgiving spins the classic Christmas story for Thanksgiving, following the family as they prepare for the feast and give thanks.

12 | I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Another fun twist on a classic, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, takes its cues from the classic song about an old woman who swallowed a fly. 

In this story, the old lady is at a Thanksgiving dinner and swallowing all sorts of things! She does swallow a pie. But she also swallows a whole squash, every bite of salad, and ends her feast by eating the whole turkey!

13 | The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

In The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks, the classic family of bears shows us the importance of being thankful and loving your family. You’ll likely remember this series of children’s books from your own childhood; why not share the nostalgia with them?

14 | Thankful Thanksgiving

A little mouse shows how wonderful it can be to show thanks for the things that matter most. In Thankful Thanksgiving, children learn the value of gratitude through pictures and a simple story.

A woman with two children holding up a sign that says “Happy Thanksgiving."

15 | Thank You, Omu!

Using colorful cut-paper designs, Thank You, Omu! Tells the story of Omu and her homemade stew. Steadily, neighbors arrive to enjoy the stew until all that is left is the warmth of her generous spirit.

16 | Spot’s Thanksgiving

The little pup Spot wants to help make the pie in Spot’s Thanksgiving. His Dad gives him the best pumpkin from the garden while his Mom helps him make the pie. And Grandma and Grandpa come along too with a Pilgrim hat for Spot!

17 | A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

The Peanut gang is ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day! Adapted from the award-winning television special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving follows Charlie Brown as he tackles cooking the big meal – along with the help of Woodstock, Linus, Snoopy, and Peppermint Patty. 

Charlie Brown and his friends work together to create a unique dinner that none of them – or readers – will ever forget.

18 | Franklin’s Thanksgiving

Franklin the turtle helps his friends and family celebrate the holiday and give thanks in Franklin’s Thanksgiving. This story is a Franklin Classic Storybook, a series of famous kids’ books that have been around for decades.

19 | Thanksgiving Parade

The full-color illustrations in Thanksgiving Parade make it easy to follow along with the parade. Kids and adults can check out the giant balloons, marching bands, floats, and more.

20 | I Am Thankful: A Thanksgiving Book for Kids

The Thanksgiving adventures in I Am Thankful take kids along for fun and insight into the importance of showing gratitude. Readers learn how to be thankful for the people in their lives and the world they live in.

21 | Harvest Days: Giving Thanks Around the World

Harvest Days combines fun with education, showing readers 12 cultures around the world and their harvest festivals. Through lyrical, rhyming text, children discover the ways different cultures give thanks through ancient traditions and activities.

Find Thanksgiving Books for Kids at Affordable Prices

With this list of the best Thanksgiving books for kids, you and your little ones are sure to find something to make this fall holiday fun. Many of the Thanksgiving picture books for kids have an educational element as well – whether it’s learning to count, learning about other cultures, or just learning to appreciate what we have.

You can find all of these books, non-fiction holiday books, and so much more on Alibris. With thousands of independent sellers offering new and used copies, you’re sure to find the titles you’re looking for at affordable prices.

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