Best Children's Books About Thanksgiving

44 Children's Books About Thanksgiving

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Balloons Over Broadway book
#1
Balloons Over Broadway
Written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presents a tribute to the creator of the giant balloons that fill the sky during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing the work of artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative "upside-down puppet" creations have become the parade's trademark.

Tiny Blessings: For Giving Thanks book
#2
Tiny Blessings: For Giving Thanks
Written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Sarah Walsh
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Sweet, simple blessings that encourage thoughtful gratitude for life's daily gifts and wonders. This accessible, wholesome board book is perfect for teaching babies and toddlers how to count their blessings every day. With simple, graspable text that inspires mindful thinking, and warm, vibrant illustrations, For Giving Thanks will fill children's minds with positive thoughts and help them appreciate life's special gifts.

You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie book
#3
You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie
Written and illustrated by Amy E. Sklansky
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Your scent is so delightful, Like cinnamon and spice. Each time I kiss your tender cheekI have to kiss it twice. This oh-so-sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie. Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved.

Thanks from the Very Hungry Caterpillar book
#4
Thanks from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Show friends and family how much you appreciate them with the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s colorful book of thanks. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any day of the year, this charming book of pictures is the colorful way to tell loved ones “thanks!” Featuring art from the World of Eric Carle, this joyful book follows The Very Hungry Caterpillar and celebrates all that makes us most thankful.

Thanksgiving Counting book
#5
Thanksgiving Counting
Written by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and illustrated by Peggy Tagel
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce the youngest dinner guests to the joys of Thanksgiving and counting! Count from one to ten on Baby’s first Thanksgiving. Made more special when you introduce the youngest of readers to a variety of colors as they experience setting the table, passing the peas, and a walk after dinner. Celebrate the holiday with this colorful, delightful board book that will stimulate little brains and introduce basic counting skills. Everyone loves Thanksgiving and now little ones will be even more excited when they can read about Thanksgiving fun!

Spot's Thanksgiving book
#6
Spot's Thanksgiving
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Give thanks with Spot in this holiday board book! It’s Thanksgiving, and Spot wants to make a pumpkin pie. Everyone celebrates together as his whole family helps prepare the treat!

Llama Llama Gives Thanks book
#7
Llama Llama Gives Thanks
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In Llama Llama Gives Thanks, it’s Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama’s family, giving thanks is always here! With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

My First Thanksgiving book
#8
My First Thanksgiving
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tomie dePaola’s simple text and bright illustrations perfectly capture the joy of this special holiday. Young readers will love learning more about the traditional celebrations of the day.

The Night Before Thanksgiving book
#9
The Night Before Thanksgiving
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Tammie Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday is almost here! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.

You're My Little Pumpkin Pie book
#10
You're My Little Pumpkin Pie
Written and illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A sweet book that celebrates the little pumpkin pie in your life! With adorable illustrations, shaped cutouts, and raised elements, You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie is a sweet board book to share with your little one. With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut shapes to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story. This endearing board book is a wonderful read for Halloween or any time.

Tractor Mac Harvest Time book
#11
Tractor Mac Harvest Time
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When the nights start to get cooler and the corn is ready for picking, it's time for autumn fun at the farm! Tractor Mac loves the fall, but he's just too big for the orchard, where he is stuck harvesting apples that Farmer Bill will make into delicious treats. Across the road, Small Fred the tractor is busy with the Pumpkin Picking Festival, but he's just too small to pull all of the people who want to go on a hayride. Working together, Tractor Mac and Small Fred figure out a way to share their chores and share the fun.

Katie Saves Thanksgiving book
#12
Katie Saves Thanksgiving
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When a snowstorm causes the power to go out, Katie and her parents think their Thanksgiving dinner with JoJo and Pedro is ruined, but by being a good neighbor, Katie manages to save the day. Simultaneous.

How to Catch a Turkey book
#13
How to Catch a Turkey
Written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it? Fun and chaos ensue as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!).

The Kiddie Table book
#14
The Kiddie Table
Written and illustrated by Colleen Madden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

On Thanksgiving Day, a girl who has just turned eight loudly insists that she be permitted to sit at the dining room table, rather than with the babies.

Fangsgiving book
#15
Fangsgiving
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long turns his attention to the day of thanks with a story that's to die for. It's the fourth Thursday of November, and the members of Fright Club are cooking up something spooky . . . a Thanksgiving feast! But when Vlad's family arrives unexpectedly, they put their own spin on each of the dishes. Now, the rolls are as hard as headstones and the turkey has been cooked to death. Vlad loves his family, but they've made a mess of their meal! Can this monster-filled family come together to save their feast and celebrate what the holiday is truly about?

Duck for Turkey Day book
#16
Duck for Turkey Day
Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kathryn Mitter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Tuyet finds out that her Vietnamese family is having duck rather than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, she is upset until she finds out that other children in her class did not eat turkey either.

Over The River and Through The Wood book
#17
Over The River and Through The Wood
Written and illustrated by Emma Randall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh--so hop in, hold tight, and join the journey in this dazzling holiday classic! In this stunning paper-over-board picture book, a blustering wind stings the toes and bites the nose, but hearts are warm and there's lots to eat--for 'tis Thanksgiving Day! Bundle up as you navigate a winter wonderland of sparkling snow-covered trees and adorable woodland creatures in this cherished holiday tale. Coupled with Emma Randall's delightful illustrations, the familiar poem-turned-song is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Just remember to leave room for pumpkin pie!

The Little Kid's Table book
#18
The Little Kid's Table
Written by Mary Ann Riehle and illustrated by Mary Uhles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Everyone knows that the little kids table is the place to be for any holiday or family gathering. They just know how to have fun! This silly, rhyming story follows a group of rambunctious cousins from table setting to dessert. A universal theme, The Little Kids Table will have kids--and parents!--howling with laughter.

Nate the Great Talks Turkey book
#19
Nate the Great Talks Turkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A giant turkey is on the loose! And everyone is on the case—Nate, his cousin Olivia, his dog, Sludge, and even his friend Claude. But from talking turkey to stalking turkey, will every detective come out a winner?

The Littlest Pilgrim book
#20
The Littlest Pilgrim
Written by Brandi Dougherty and illustrated by Kirsten Richards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Mini is the littlest Pilgrim in her village. She’s too little to sew. Too little to bake. Too little to fish. But she’s not too little to make a friend.

Happy Thanksgiving Day! book
#21
Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Written by Jill Roman Lord and illustrated by Jody Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A touch-and-feel book that celebrates Thanksgiving and encourages gratitude for blessings in a child's life. In this new touch-and-feel board book, textures and bright artwork bring to life the things children experience at Thanksgiving. The narrator lists things for which he or she is thankful. Tactile experiences throughout the book engage the reader and help children to connect the book to the textures in their actual surroundings. Soft, vibrant watercolor illustrations add warmth and sweetness to the book.

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Thanksgiving book
#22
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Thanksgiving
Written and illustrated by Nick Bruel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Kitty does not like Thanksgiving. Kitty LOVES Thanksgiving. Specifically, Kitty loves turkey . . . and will do anything to get her paws on it. So, Kitty comes up with a plan but in perfect cantankerous cat fashion, can’t quite pull it off and ends up with the turkey (and all the fixins’) on her head. No, Kitty does not like Thanksgiving.

Look and Be Grateful book
#23
Look and Be Grateful
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A young boy awakens with the dawn, opens his eyes and looks closely at his world. He admires all that surrounds him, large and small, from the radiant sun to a tiny, but exquisite, ladybug. "Today is today, and it is a gift," writes Tomie dePaola in this meditative and joyful book. Simply and beautifully told, and illustrated with jewel-like paintings, this picture book encourages each one of us to be thankful.

I Love to Gobble You Up! book
#24
I Love to Gobble You Up!
Written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Give thanks for your little ones with kisses, hugs, and GOBBLES of love all throughout the holiday season with this backlist holiday classic.

Thanksgiving on Thursday book
#25
Thanksgiving on Thursday
Written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Sal Murdocca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Jack and Annie travel in their magic treehouse to the year 1621, where they celebrate the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth Colony.

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