Children’s Thanksgiving Books for Gratitude, History, and Humor

Thanksgiving is a great reminder for us to practice gratitude. It’s also a way for us to remember our history.

Do you know that thankfulness is a habit – something you  must practice and make a regular part of your day?

For us, we practice thankfulness each night in our family prayers.

For others, it’s at a family meal.

If you don’t have a daily routine of practicing gratitude, it’s never too late to start. And, the good news, is it directly correlates to your feelings of joyfulness.

Here are books to share with your children that talk about thankfulness, the history of Thanksgiving, plus some funny stories as well. Enjoy.

Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Baby/Toddler Thanksgiving Books


The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Kathryn Lynn Davis


Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George tabbed board book by H.A. Rey

Bear Says Thanks
Bear Says Thanks
by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Young Elementary Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving Day Thanks
Thanksgiving Day Thanks
by Laura Malone Elliott, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

An Awesome Book of  Thanks
An Awesome Book of Thanks!
by Dallas Clayton


10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

Turkey Trouble
Turkey Trouble
by Wendi Silvano, illustrated by Lee Harper

Older Elementary Thanksgiving Books


If You Were At The First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma and Bert Dodson

Balloons Over Broadway
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Day Parade by Melissa Sweet

Thank You Sarah
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by Laurie Halse Anderson

A New Look at Thanksgiving
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving
by Katherine Ptaerson and Pamela Dalton


Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) by Mary Pope Osborne

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