All you need for Christmas is the smell of baking pies and time to make memories with the little ones you love. There are no frills or presents to wrap here. Thanksgiving, a favorite holiday for many, is more than just a time to eat good food. It’s also a time to think about what you’re grateful for. Today, there is a lot to be grateful for, including good health and being able to spend holidays with our families and friends in a safe way.
Thanksgiving is a great time to show kids books about being thankful. A hayride or two is a great way to spend time outside with your kids. This time of year is always a good time to think about what happened this year, big and small. We can help each other get there by reading Thanksgiving children’s books while we read them together. There are so many great Thanksgiving picture books that help kids learn about the holiday that it’s hard to pick one to read. A list of the 15 best Thanksgiving books for kids that tell stories about the first Thanksgiving, teach kids how to be grateful, or are just hilarious read-aloud Thanksgiving storybooks that you can enjoy again and again.
Dr. Seuss’s Thankful Things by Dr. Seuss
The rhyming Thanksgiving book by Dr. Seuss will soon be your favorite. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are not only grateful for the rhymey magical things that make life fun, but they also show their appreciation for each other.
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
Make your own Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with this true story about how Tony Sarg, the puppeteer, came up with the huge balloons we look forward to every year.
The First Thanksgiving (Pete the Cat Series) by James Dean , Kimberly Dean
There are a lot of people who like Pete the Cat. They will enjoy seeing their favorite cat in a play at a school. By flipping the flaps, you can enjoy this story of how the first Thanksgiving came to be! This interactive book would be a big hit with kids in kindergarten.
Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
Toddlers and babies learn how to be thankful from Llama Llama. This simple Thanksgiving story is a great way to show kids how tasty Thanksgiving foods like pumpkin pies are
Thanks for Nothing (A Little Bruce Book) by Ryan Higgins
This is a great book to read aloud. If Bruce tries to make a Thanksgiving meal, it turns out to be very funny. As far as we can tell, the mice and the moose are very grateful. We’re not so sure about Bruce, though!
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell , Frane Lessac
Find out how the Cherokee Nation expresses gratitude and thinks about the challenges they face in different seasons. This book is a great way to learn about Native American culture and celebrate with the beautiful art.
Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds
Violet brings the whole family together at the dinner table with her unique ideas and skills. Family traditions and what we have to be grateful for are important in our world where technology is often a distraction. This mystical story reminds us of these things.
Five Little Thank-Yous by Cindy Jin , Dawn M. Cardona
Children learn to count their blessings with this cute little turkey board book made out of their own handprints. Thanksgiving is a great time for preschoolers to read this book. The pages are full of beautiful illustrations that show how to show gratitude to friends and family.
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson , Jane Chapman
As a Thanksgiving gift for kids who love animals, this book is a great choice. The bear wants to invite some friends over for dinner, but he doesn’t have anything to share. Many animal friends will soon come over with tasty food.
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Omu’s red stew smells so good that it brings the community together. The smell of the stew spreads through the neighborhood. This is a great Thanksgiving story for everyone in the family to enjoy.
123s of Thankfulness by Patricia Hegarty , Summer Macon
This great board book not only teaches your kids about the importance of being thankful, but it also helps them learn how to count. Thanksgiving storytime will be more fun for babies and toddlers when they see this beautiful picture book of gratitude.
The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings by Stan Berenstain , Jan Berenstain
This story was written by Stan Berenstain and is called “The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessing.”
This Berenstain Bears storybook tells kids how important it is to be grateful for what they have. There are more things to be thankful for than just toys and games after a storm.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! by Lucille Colandro , Jared Lee
There was an old lady who ate a turkey. This is what the story is about. Lucy Colandro wrote it.
In the Old Lady books, kids love to read them. This Thanksgiving read is so much fun! During Thanksgiving, the old lady eats a lot of silly things. Your kids will be rhyming, laughing, and reading along.
The Thank You Book (Elephant and Piggie Series) by Mo Willems
This was the last book in the Elephant and Piggie series. Piggie decides to thank everyone in her life for all of the good things they have done for her. Despite the fact that this book is the last in a great series, it is the perfect Thanksgiving story about being grateful. This book is about being thankful.
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
This holiday is about history and turkey, of course, but it’s also about what we’re thankful for. The text is simple, but the illustrations are bright and cheery. This book is about family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
It is the night before Thanksgiving. Some kids go to a turkey farm. Everybody is having a good time. If you’re going on a trip with your kids, make sure they leave with full hearts and full bellies. They show people and chickens that there is a lot to be thankful for.