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Thanksgiving Books for Kids
A few years ago, my son’s elementary school hosted the illustrator of Turkey Trouble. He loved it. Prior to that event, he had never met an author or illustrator before. It really made an impact on him. We purchased both Turkey Trouble and Turkey Claus and every year he still asks about them. I pack them away with our holiday decorations so that they stay in decent condition for his kids someday.
Happy November! I say, let’s really celebrate November! Don’t let it get lost as that “in between Halloween and when we can officially start talking about Christmas” vortex that it seems to get caught in.
Let’s really celebrate November for all that is has to offer. Cold nights and snuggly mornings, turkey and other great food. And a reminder to be thankful and grateful for all that we have.
A Note: I’ve put this in other Thanksgiving posts and I think it belongs here as well.
In recent years, and since the first publication of this list, I have been doing some internal work against my own biases. That is, I am trying to examine what I was taught in school, what I was taught in home, and if that was an accurate portrayal of what is, or what happened.
In most cases, no, it’s not.
So I feel I have to mention the story of the “first Thanksgiving” and colonialism. We have to stop whitewashing history to fit our narrative. But, of course that has to be age and skill appropriate. Some of our kids may not be able to grasp a complex concept like colonialism. That is why I didn’t delete the post altogether.
I’m providing a few resources on this, in case you wish to pursue it further.
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Here’s a list of Thanksgiving books for children to get your kids in the spirit. All are under $10!
Kids Thanksgiving Books
This list is for younger kids. Board books, storybooks that a parent can read to them in 15 minutes. You know what I mean.
- What is Thanksgiving?
- The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book
- One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims
- The Night Before Thanksgiving
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin: A Family to Be Thankful For (Kindle book)
- Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper
- Thanksgiving on Thursday
- The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings
- Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet
- Corduroy’s Thanksgiving
- Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George
- If You Were At The First Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Turkey: 25 Thanksgiving Stories for Children (Kindle book)
- Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)
- It’s Thanksgiving! (I Can Read Book 3)
- The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving
- 10 Fat Turkeys
- Five Silly Turkeys
- T is for Turkey
- I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
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A special addition to this list is my all-time favorite Thanksgiving book from when I was a child, Cranberry Thanksgiving. This book was written and illustrated by local New Jersey authors Wende and Harry Devlin. I have searched for any of the Cranberry books on Amazon quite a few times, but this was the first time that I found one in print! This is $15.88 for the hardcover, but it is a lovely tale and well worth it. I’m ordering a copy today for my kids to treasure!
Thanksgiving Books for Elementary Students
It’s been a few years and many Wimpy Kid and Magic Treehouse books since he met that illustrator. But he still loves to read and it’s fun to get holiday books for him.
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Thanksgiving Coloring Books
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Thanksgiving Puzzle Books
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