The Best Thanksgiving Books

I loved reading Halloween books during the month of October, so I was sad when I had to carry my huge bag back to the library on November 1st. I thought I would have to wait a month until Christmas came around to find more holiday books. As I searched book blogs and amazon I found a lot of Thanksgiving books, and as I checked them out from my local library I was surprised to find so many that I not only liked, but loved. So I thought I would share my 16 favorite Thanksgiving books I have discovered this year. They have all been a joy to share with my daughter and I truly feel so much more excited about Thanksgiving this year because we have been reading these great stories!


Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey- This is one Thanksgiving book I remember reading growing up, and it is probably one of my very favorites to this day. It is a joy to read out loud and the illustrations are so fun. I bought this book for our home my daughters very first Thanksgiving, and I can’t wait to share it year after year.

Thank You Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson- I just discovered this book this year and it immediately captivated me. I had no idea who Sarah Hale was and found her story empowering. I also loved learning something new about how Thanksgiving came to be a national holiday. I highly recommend this book.

Sometimes It’s Turkey-Sometimes It’s Feathers by Lorna and Lecia Balian- My book loving aunt introduced me to this cute story and I love to read it out loud with my little one. I love the older feel to the illustrations and storyline, it makes it very unique.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet- I somehow stumbled upon this title and loved reading about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade and the puppeteer who created the balloons we now see and love each Thanksgiving. It was so interesting to me, so we have enjoyed it multiple times already, and I am excited to watch the parade with this new knowledge of it’s origins.

In November by Cynthia Rylant- This cute story focuses on all things that happen in nature in November, and ends with a traditional holiday feast. I love that this book has a broader focus than just Thanksgiving, it is a great read all month long!

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli- This book is not a Thanksgiving book, but it is a cute story about all the different things we can be thankful for. It is a perfect addition to our Thanksgiving story shelf and reminds us to look around and count our blessings.

Thanksgiving For Emily Ann– I liked this book, it reminded me to keep the perspective of little kids in mind when Thanksgiving rolls around, and make sure to include them and make them feel like they can help out, so they can enjoy the holiday as well.

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin- I love this classic book. I love the illustrations, I love Mr. Whiskers, and I am excited to make some cranberry bread with my daughter soon.

Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Pat Zietlow Miller- This new book is probably one of my new favorites. I love reading it right before bed. The illustrations are beautiful and I so enjoy reading it out loud. I love how everyone participates in creating Thanksgiving dinner together as a family.

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes- I love this sweet simple story about all the things we can be thankful for. I also love the illustrations of this book!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting- I love Eve Bunting, especially her holiday books, so when I found this one I was excited. I was not disappointed, this is a great story.

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene- This book is simply beautiful. I love the way the story is told, it is the kind of story that makes me wish I had written it because it is so lovely. I also love how it focuses on telling the story of the first thanksgiving day, and it does it wonderfully.

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson- I love all the bear books, and this book is no exception. I love bear and all of his friends and the story of having their own thanksgiving dinner together in bears den.

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano- This clever story about a turkey who tries to disguise himself before the big day is cute and charming. My daughter always says, “It’s so funny!”

Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola- I love the message of this story and how we need to share our bounty with others when we are blessed with much. It is a perfect lesson for this season.

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler- This is a funny story about a turkey family who lives on a turkey farm at Thanksgiving. Come the end of November they find out why people are really coming by around Thanksgiving.

I really have loved reading all of these books over and over again with my daughter. I hope you find some of these in your home or at your local library to share with your kids this season.

Is there any good ones I missed. I know I still have a few on hold at the library that I am waiting for, so there must be some other great Thanksgiving stories out there.

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