This Thanksgiving Themed Books for Kids list will go great with a week filled with Thanksgiving activities. Children will have so much fun with these beautifully illustrated and engaging picture books.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! by Lucille Collandro
The old lady is at it again, and this time she’s swallowing a Turkey . . . she’s always been quirky! Nobody will believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty!
Feeling Thankful, by Shelley Rotner
Stop and smile. You have a lot to be thankful for! People, places, and things can make us feel happy. They can make us feel safe.
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie! by Alison Jackson
After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As everyone watches in shock, they are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.
This Is the Turkey, by Abby Levine
Max is excited about the big turkey he has picked out for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner. He and his sister help prepare the fixings, and soon his friends and relatives bring their own dishes and merriment.
Thankful, by Eileen Spinelli
This book celebrates everyday blessings, practices thankfulness, and observes the wonderful acts of service that keep us going each and every day.
Bear Says Thanks, by Karma Wilson
Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?
Thank You, Thanksgiving, by David Milgrim
A little girl goes on a last-minute errand for her mother. Along the way, she thanks all the familiar things she loves—her warm boots, the song of the birds, the pretty clouds in the November sky. And when she gets home from her errand, her family thanks her for what she has brought.
Llama Llama Gives Thanks, by Anna Dewdney
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!
The Thankful Book, by Todd Parr
The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bath time to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child.
Who Will Carve the Turkey This Thanksgiving? by David Pallota
It is Thanksgiving Day and the turkey needs to be carved. Who will carve the turkey on this Thanksgiving Day? A killer whale, or a saber-toothed tiger, or a Tyrannosaurus rex? None of those seem quite right. So who will carve the turkey?
I Am Thankful, by Sheri Wall
Three different families are followed as they celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their own traditions, acts of kindness, and ways of giving back.
The Night Before Thanksgiving, by Natasha Wings
Follow this family as the Thanksgiving feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving, by Kimberley & James Dean
Pete the Cat is nervous. Starring in your school’s Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat feel that. But the show must go on….
Ten Fat Turkeys, by Tony Johnston
A hilarious counting back story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more.
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks, by Margaret Sutherland
Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. A great introduction to the concept of giving thanks and appreciating every day things.
How to Catch a Turkey, by Adam Wallace
A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it so the show can go on? Follow along as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!).
Turkey Trouble, by Wendy Silvano
Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!