Thanksgiving Book Ideas Galore



Are you looking for a great assortment of Thanksgiving books for children? I {HEART} holiday themed books! I think I may even be slightly addicted to them. Each year I add a couple more to my collection that I treasure.

I have a few books that I enjoy reading during November. Below are my family's favorites. You'll notice that some are more educational and others are just plain fun to read! 


'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
This is my kids' favorite Thanksgiving book! It is absolutely hilarious and my kids make me read it to them every year. The day before Thanksgiving finds eight boys and girls taking a field trip to a turkey farm. Although Farmer Mack Nuggett seems kind at first, the children eventually discover his horrible plan to kill the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. Smuggling the turkeys home with them, the children save the birds, who join eight families for vegetarian dinners.
I never knew about Sarah Hale until last year when a fellow educator recommended this book. Boy, I learned a lot about the history behind celebrating the holiday in the US. This is a must read! Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care! Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?
If you lived in colonial times: what kind of clothes would you wear, would you go to school, and what would happen if you didn't behave? This book tells you what it was like to live in the New England colonies during the years 1565 to 1776.
The easy-to-read book describes the Pilgrim's journey to America, their hard winter, and the first "Thanksgiving" celebration. Perfect for independent reading for the primary grades.



Thanksgiving is only a day away. Can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer searching for a plump bird for his feast? If the farmer doesn’t fall for his tricks, there’s only one think left to do . . . run, Turkey, run! This is such a fun book to read aloud and the kids can join in!
Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. I really like how this book uses lots of onomatopoeia  (which I recently taught my children about HERE.)
I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry. And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children 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.

My boys are hooked on the Magic Tree House Series! In this book, Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure! It's a time for giving thanks when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever or will the feast go on?


This is my newest addition to my November collection. I can't wait to read this book to my children for the first time. I began reading the You Wouldn't Want to... Series to my children after discovering them at a homeschool convention this summer. The series has children feel like they are actually in the stories, which is super cool! In this book, kids will witness illnesses, storms at sea, and the unknown wilderness of the settlers new home. As in previous titles, cartoon art adds humor and engages readers.


If your favorite Thanksgiving book is not listed, let me know in a comment below.
I'd love to add more to my collection. :)


 Enjoy!

3 comments:

Curly T said...

Thanks for linking this to TBA. I got a lot of good book ideas for MDO!

Tamara L. Chilver said...

That's great Traci!

Sarah said...

Thanks for doing this - I will have to participate in the next one! Love all of the books people linked up.

Sarah from The House That Ag Built