Thanksgiving Books for Children

Classic Thanksgiving Books for Children

Classic Children's Books

Can you believe we are already in the middle of November? I’m so grateful that we finally have a crisp in the air in Dallas. And since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I thought I would highlight some quality books for children about the holiday and its history.

I think we tend to gloss over the harrowing hardships the Pilgrims endured for the protection of the little ones. But, at an appropriate age, it’s good and necessary for children to hear stories of overcoming hardship and courage. Often it is a testament to God’s faithfulness, as was the case with the first Thanksgiving. Many of these below are chapter books that are perfect for elementary-aged children, but I included a few picture books as well for the younger ones. For example, Cranberry Thanksgiving is a sweet book for all ages and The Thanksgiving Story is illustrated beautifully. A few of these Thanksgiving books would make a thoughtful gift for the family hosting Thanksgiving (if they have children, of course!).

Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story
Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers
Run, Turkey, Run!
Turkey Trouble
A Turkey for Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving Story
Cranberry Thanksgiving
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims
Biscuit Is Thankful
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
The Pilgrims of Plimoth
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
...If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
The First Thanksgiving
Tapenum's Day
In November

Note: some of these classic books will use the term “Indian” and might need to have a little accompanying parental commentary.

Photos:Parish Photo

Happy November!

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  1. I always love your book lists!! I ordered the Thanksgiving story for my 2 year old grandson. Even though he is very verbal, observant and carries on full conversations every waking minute this book was a little too advanced for him. I know he will quickly grow into it though. Thank you so much for being a great resource for books. I don’t think I have purchased a book for him that isn’t on one of your lists since I found you when he was about 6 months old.