Thanksgiving Books for Kids & Reading Challenge {w/free printable!}

Inspire your kids to read more this holiday with these wonderful Thanksgiving books and fun reading challenge!

It's less than two weeks until Thanksgiving!

For my husband, that means turkey :)

For me, it means an extra piece of pie!

And for the kids, it means time off from school (yea!)  They are counting down the days until their Thanksgiving holiday.

As holiday time approaches, our schedules kind of go kaplooie -- you know what that's like, right?  You plan to have regular reading time and before you know it, it's 30 minutes past bedtime and the kids still haven't brushed their teeth.

And then there's those days off from school -- they can be so much fun and yet seem so long when Mom's cooking for a crowd.


Reading Challenge for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Books for Kids & Reading Challenge

In order to make sure the kids are still getting some reading time in, try this Thanksgiving Reading Challenge.

If you're a teacher, this is a wonderful idea for extra credit over the Thanksgiving break!

If you're a parent, it's a great way to slow down for some one-on-one time with the kids. 

Or pass that love of reading to others in the family -- challenge the kids to have each visiting relative read them a book from one of the categories on the list!

Just print off the Reading Challenge page below and then head to the library or search your own bookshelves for stories about Thanksgiving.  We've included some fun book suggestions along with affiliate links for each of the categories on the challenge.

  Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving Books for Kids

So here's the challenge -- have your kids read a story that includes each of these Thanksgiving Day traditions!  And no cheating -- only one book per tradition (I know how those little minds think ;)

This is really an awesome way to introduce new seasonal books and keep the kids focused on books over their Thanksgiving break -- you know, when you're focused on all that cooking! 

Here are a few of our favorite books in each category -- 


A Turkey

The biggest symbol of Thanksgiving so a must read!

Turkey Trouble

T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving


Eating Pumpkin Pie

Or any book about pie will do -- choose your favorite ;)

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie


Seeing a Parade

Always a tradition at our house -- it's not Thanksgiving without the parade!

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Milly and the Macy's Parade

Christmas Parade


Playing Football

Turkey Bowl

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day



Being Thankful

Always a great topic to introduce at this time of the year.  If you're looking for activities to tie in during the month of November, try these 7 Gratitude Activities for Kids.

Ten Thankful Turkeys

Being Thankful

Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday


The First Thanksgiving

These books introduce why we celebrate Thanksgiving and how it came to be a national holiday.

The Very First Thanksgiving Day

The Thanksgiving Story

The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book

The First Thanksgiving


Spending Time with Family

So many funny books about family coming to visit!

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Rules


A BIG Thanksgiving Dinner

Who can resist that wonderful food! 

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Bear Says Thanks

Thanksgiving Graces


Falling Leaves

You will also enjoy these Leaf Crafts & Activities if you're looking for some fun outdoor projects.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages

Looking for more book ideas?  Visit 10 Thanksgiving Books about Gratitude & Traditions!


Thanksgiving Reading Challenge

 Here's your FREE printable reading challenge!  Time to hit the books :)


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 Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

~ Jacquie


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Guest - Erika on Friday, 21 November 2014 19:21

Nice list and a wonderful idea! I will implement this with my younger one when he gets a little older, as my older daughter is done with picture books now... Visiting from the BlogHop!

Nice list and a wonderful idea! I will implement this with my younger one when he gets a little older, as my older daughter is done with picture books now... Visiting from the BlogHop!
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