5 Children’s Thanksgiving Books

5 Children's Thanksgiving BooksNow that the weather is cooling down our family enjoys cozying up by the fireplace and reading a good book together. My oldest daughter has recently learned to read and she enjoys picking out books that interest her as well as books she thinks her younger brothers would enjoy. This season we focus on gratitude and Thanksgiving as we prepare for the upcoming holidays so I thought I would add some Thanksgiving-themed books to our collection.

Here are five great Thanksgiving books for families with young children.

  1. I am Thankful: A Thanksgiving Book for Kids. This book is written by Sheri Wall. Several families from different backgrounds are represented as they talk about how their family celebrates Thanksgiving. This book has a great rhyming flow and beautiful illustrations your kids will enjoy. You can also find fun family activities at the end.
  2. How to Catch a Turkey. This book is comical and part of the bestselling “How to Catch” series, written by Adam Wallace. A turkey is loose in a school and the children must catch it before their school play begins. It is filled with a fun scavenger hunt-like adventure that includes STEAM concepts and lots of laughs. Be sure to spot the hidden Turkey if you can, but don’t worry no Turkey will be eaten at the end of this story.
  3. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving. We are huge Pete the Cat fans in our home and this book, written by James and Kimberly Dean, does not disappoint. Pete makes new friends and participates in a school play as a Pilgrim learning about the very first Thanksgiving and living off the land. Brightly colored illustrations and lift the flap fun are a favorite for young children. It’s another “groovy” book you don’t want to miss
  4. Gratitude is my Superpower. This book is written by Alicia Ortego and has earned a spot on the best sellers list. It is a cheerful and uplifting book about practicing positivity no matter your age. We can all give thanks for something this season no matter how small and this book teaches children how to do just that by helping them focus on everyday blessings. It’s hard not to smile after reading this “feel good” book.
  1. The Night Before Thanksgiving, by Natasha Wing. This book follows along as a family prepares food and fun for Thanksgiving day. The children greet family members and have a beautiful feast with cousins. Being together is what matters and this book does a beautiful job of showcasing just that. If your children enjoy The Night Before Christmas book and poetic rhyming, they will definitely enjoy this family favorite as well.

Does your family have favorite Thanksgiving books, share in the comments below!



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Caitlyn Viviano
Caitlyn Viviano is a military spouse and mom to three children under seven. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and worked as an elementary school counselor before having children. She continues to support and advocate for public schools but has found writing is her true passion. She is currently working on writing a children’s book about unicorns inspired by her daughter Chloe. When she is not writing or chasing after her kids she enjoys painting, baking, and has just started gardening. She recently left South Carolina and moved to Georgia and is looking forward to making Georgia home for the next few years until the Air Force tells her otherwise.


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