5 Must-Read Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving is around the corner! As a former teacher, there was always a sense of excitement around holidays when it was time to break out my holiday related books. Now as a parent I find that same joy, if not even more. Our family has been enjoying some Thanksgiving related books as it gets closer.


Our bedtime stories have been all about turkeys, what it means to be thankful, and lots of giggles. Take a look at what Thanksgiving books our family is currently reading:

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr


Todd Parr helps children discover that there are many things around us daily to be thankful for. The Thankful Book all the little things children can give thanks for from reading to bath time to family meals together.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson


The old lady isn’t swallowing a fly this time, she’s swallowing some pie! After the pie the old lady continues to swallow a whole squash, salad, and the entire turkey. The children are amused, but the parents are in shock! The old lady manages to contribute to the festivities at the end.

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano


Turkey has caught on. He knows it’s almost Thanksgiving and he has to make sure he doesn’t become the main course. He has an idea! What if he disguises himself? What if he looks like a different animal instead? Check out Turkey’s perfect disguise!


P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet by Carol Crane


P is for Pilgrim details the history behind Thanksgiving through the alphabet. Take some time with your children to learn more about our early settlers, the foundations of our country, and meaning behind our celebrations today.


‘Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey


Dav Pilkey takes a twist on the classic Christmas poem by Celment Moore. The day before Thanksgiving a class takes a field trip to a turkey farm. The students learn the fate of the turkeys on the farm so they decide to bring them home with them, secretly. Find out how they save the turkeys!

What are your favorite books to read leading up to Thanksgiving?


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