10 Thanksgiving Books for Kids about Gratitude & Traditions

These wonderful Thanksgiving books for kids share about gratitude, traditions, being thankful & family!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays -- a time to celebrate what we're thankful for and remember how our country began. 

Although I enjoy the food (pie is my favorite!), the real part of the holiday is gathering with family.

And it's nice to have extra time to spend with the kids to do some fun Thanksgiving activities not to mention a break from the school schedule so we can just relax together!

There are some wonderful books for kids to read as we all celebrate Thanksgiving. 

For this book list, I've focused stories that share what the holiday means to each of us and why we should all be thankful for our blessings.

 

Thanksgiving books for kids - stories about gratitude and tradition

10 Thanksgiving Books for Kids: Gratitude & Traditions

Our book list features stories that show the different ways families celebrate Thanksgiving -- not everyone has a turkey and watches the parade ;)  

I love using books as an opportunity to introduce kids to how others celebrate & gather for holidays -- it's a great way for them to learn that even popular traditions have variations.

And if you want to inspire your kids to read a little more during Thanksgiving break, be sure to print off our the FREE Thanksgiving Reading Challenge too (more great books can be found with the challenge!)

We've included affiliate links for each of our recommendations so you can learn more about them. 

I hope you'll find a few to share with your kids!

 

Picture Books about Gratitude & Being Thankful

 

The Thanksgiving Door is one of my favorite books for this holiday!  An elderly couple decides to go out for Thanksgiving dinner and find a restaurant.  Unbeknownst to them, the restaurant is closed and the family is celebrating with relatives. 

But instead of sending the couple away, the family includes them in their holiday festivities.  A wonderful message about the importance of including others during the holidays!

 

Set in the 1910's, Rivka's First Thanksgiving tells the story of a family that is new to America.  Rivka wants more than anything to celebrate Thanksgiving but her grandmother doesn't think they should -- so she suggests taking Rivka to see the Rabbi to ask his advice. 

A great story that shows how children can have an influence family traditions!

 

This is a very touching story about an immigrant family and their travels to America. How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story shows how so many people move to our country in different ways. 

Kids will learn why some familes feel that moving to America will change their lives and what hardships they are willing to endure to gain the freedoms that are offered in our country.

 

Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday is a historical look at the woman who dedicated her life to making Thanksgiving a national holiday.  Sarah was a single mother of 5 children in the 1800's.  To support her family, Sarah became a writer and promoted the idea of a national holiday. 

Her request was finally honored by President Lincoln -- so on Thanksgiving, we should all be thankful for Sarah!

 

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 Duck for Turkey Day is a wonderful look at how each family celebrates with their own traditions! Tuyet has a problem with Thanksgiving - her family is planning to have duck.  No one has duck on Thanksgiving! 

But when her class begins a discussion about family traditions, Tuyet learns that there is no 'right way' to celebrate the holiday.

 

Franklin's Thanksgiving is a story of celebrating with friends instead of family. Franklin is sad that his grandparents won't be joining them for Thanksgiving.  His parents think it might be lonely too.  So each member of the family decides to secretly invite a few friends to celebrate.  What will the Turtle family do when all of their invited guests come for dinner?!  A beautiful story about unexpected holiday surprises.

 

 

Funny Thanksgiving Books for Kids

These next few recommendations I've included for their humor and fun illustrations.  Kids will really identify with some of the funny antics and traditional activities!

 

Thanks for Thanksgiving is a lovely story about being thankful from a child's viewpoint.  The illustrations are beautiful as we follow the children through their day to learn what they are thankful for -- playdates, swings, autumn and family!

 

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving is a hilarious look at a field trip gone awry!   The kids take a class trip to a turkey farm the day before Thanksgiving but when they learn Farmer Mack Nugget's turkeys will all be dinner, the kids decide to smuggle the turkeys home with them (and eat vegetarian for Thanksgiving dinner!).  Note: Some kids might be bothered by the realization of where their dinner comes from but we all find out sooner or later!

 

Thanksgiving Is Here! is a very enjoyable look at the events of Thanksgiving Day - family arriving, lots of cooking, craziness in the house and catching up with relatives.

Kids (and adults!) will definately find something in this story that makes them shout "Hey, we do that at our house too!" 

 

Thanksgiving Day at Our House: Thanksgiving Poems for the Very Young is a beautiful way to introduce young children to fun poetry.  This series of poems includes verses about the traditions of Thanksgiving -- parades, preparing the house, cooking, Thanksgiving plays, playing games, saying prayers and snuggling down for the night. 

I LOVE the illustrations and fun antics found on each of the pages!

 

And a few additional items that are worth a mention too:

 

Who can think of Thanksgiving without the memory of Snoopy toasting bread and serving popcorn to Charlie Brown's friends?!  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has some wonderful reminders about why we should be thankful. 

Although a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a tradition in our house, the additional Peanuts special "The Mayflower Voyagers" included on the DVD is one that my kids enjoy even more!  In this lesser know holiday special, Charlie Brown and all his friends are pilgrims who are immigrating to America and celebrating the first Thanksgiving.  A fun historical account that not only entertains kids but also educates them about the origins of the holiday!

 

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Comments

Guest - Meghan Ross on Saturday, 10 November 2012 02:45

Thanks! There are some here I haven't read. Here's my recently-made list of Thanksgiving books

Thanks! There are some here I haven't read. Here's my recently-made list of Thanksgiving books
Guest - maryanne @ mama smiles on Sunday, 11 November 2012 00:27

Ooh, we haven't read some of these! Thanks for the suggestions!

Ooh, we haven't read some of these! Thanks for the suggestions!
Guest - What Do We Do All Day? on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 18:58

I absolutely love Rivka's First Thanksgiving. Thanks for linking up again to The Children's Bookshelf.

I absolutely love Rivka's First Thanksgiving. Thanks for linking up again to The Children's Bookshelf.
Guest - Rebecca from Here Come the Girls on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 21:14

Looks like a lovely selection of books. As we are in the UK we do not celebrate thanksgiving, but lovely to see what you do!

Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.

Looks like a lovely selection of books. As we are in the UK we do not celebrate thanksgiving, but lovely to see what you do! Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.
Guest - Jamie @The Unlikely Homeschool on Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:18

Great list! I am one of the co-hosts of the Weekly Kid's Co-op and will be featuring this post on my TOP 3 on tomorrow's link-up.

Great list! I am one of the co-hosts of the Weekly Kid's Co-op and will be featuring this post on my TOP 3 on tomorrow's link-up.
Guest - Samantha on Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:21

Great list! Many people forgot about all the great Thanksgiving Day books for kids that are available and don't get the poor kiddos any! I found some more great ones at Thanksgiviny Day Books for Children

Great list! Many people forgot about all the great Thanksgiving Day books for kids that are available and don't get the poor kiddos any! I found some more great ones at Thanksgiviny Day Books for Children
Guest - Anna on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 01:06

A Turkey for Thanksgiving is fun too. Definitely the favorite in our house.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving is fun too. Definitely the favorite in our house.
Guest - Anna @ The Measured Mom on Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:21

Another great list! Thanks for sharing!

Another great list! Thanks for sharing!
Guest - Kim Vij on Monday, 18 November 2013 19:46

You’ve been featured on our After School Thanksgiving Roundup of Activities for School Aged Kids this week. This Thanksgiving Book List looks like a lot of fun to read and share with the family. Just want to tell you that we are so thankful for you and your blog! Happy Thanksgiving! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-activities-for-school-aged.html

You’ve been featured on our After School Thanksgiving Roundup of Activities for School Aged Kids this week. This Thanksgiving Book List looks like a lot of fun to read and share with the family. Just want to tell you that we are so thankful for you and your blog! Happy Thanksgiving! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-activities-for-school-aged.html
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