We read a lot of books at our house. We have raised children who love to read beginning at an early age. (Here’s some tips on how to raise your own early readers!) One of my favorite things to do is check out books from the library based around a theme. Holiday books are the best!
With Thanksgiving in just 2 weeks, I have compiled a list of our favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books.
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Mary’s First Thanksgiving: An Inspirational Story of Gratefulness by Kathy-jo Wargin
A Pilgrim family moves from Ireland to America and is struggling. Mary isn’t feeling grateful for anything, so her parents tell her a story about 5 kernels of corn. These kernels of corn each represent something to be thankful for:
- Beauty and bounty of Autumn
- Love for one another
- Love for their family
- Freedom to worship God
This is the Turkey by Abby Levine
Max and his sister help prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. When they start to bring the turkey in, disaster strikes! The story sequences the preparation of the Thanksgiving feast, and what happens when things don’t go quite as planned. This book follows the same type of a pattern as the book “The House that Jack Built“.
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson
Did you know that we almost lost Thanksgiving? I didn’t either until I read this book. Sarah Hale teaches that persistence is the key to success. She encouraged 5 different Presidents to establish the last Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving just by writing letters! I love when I find an engaging historical fiction book that both my kids and I enjoy.
The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell
When Ed and Ann’s Thanksgiving dinner burns, they think their Thanksgiving is ruined. They unknowingly join a restaurant owner and his family for their Thanksgiving celebration. Ed and Ann return home thankful that their dinner had burned as they learned the joy of being truly welcomed in and gaining new friends. (This book is out of print, so be sure to request it at your library!)
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
There has to be at least one book starring a turkey, right? Turkey knows he’s in trouble with Thanksgiving coming up. He looks around the farm and tries to disguise himself as the other farm animals. He comes up with a very clever idea. A great twist on your typical Thanksgiving dinner!
If you want more great Thanksgiving Picture Books, check out my Goodreads “Thanksgiving” shelf!
What are your favorite books to read for Thanksgiving?