Thankfulness is important all year round, but in November many of us put a special emphasis on gratitude. The holiday of Thanksgiving gives us the perfect opportunity to share our appreciation for the things and people that are important to us. It’s also a great way to learn more about the history of our nation and its first European settlers.

Here are some of our family’s favorite Thanksgiving picture books:

30 Children’s Books About Thanksgiving

30 Children's Books About Thanksgiving

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The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing – Cousins Gavin and Rhonda make a plan to escape their family’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano – Turkey is worried about becoming Thanksgiving dinner, so he decides to disguise himself as other animals.

Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim – A little girl runs an errand for her mother, giving thanks along the way.

The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah – Turkey is visiting five different homes for Thanksgiving…will he be able to eat all the delicious food?

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli – A beautiful poetic story about counting our blessings.

Turkey Tot by George Shannon – Turkey Tot is a unique problem solver with a plan to reach some delicious blackberries.

Thanksgiving For Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston – Emily Ann feels ignored on Thanksgiving, until her family shows her why the day is so important.

Thanksgiving All Around by Mike Berenstain – Discover everything beautiful about fall and Thanksgiving with the Berenstain Bears.

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey – A field trip to a turkey farm turns into a turkey rescue mission!

Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly and James Dean – Pete the Cat is starring in a school play about the first Thanksgiving.

The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross – An informative tale that teaches children about the pilgrim’s first year in America.

Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving by Mercer Mayer – Little Critter is excited for all the ways his family celebrates Thanksgiving together.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson – The Old Lady swallows a pie, a squash, and even the turkey!

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy – This fun rhyming story is perfect for introducing very young children to Thanksgiving.

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson – Bear wants to have a feast to thank his friends, but he doesn’t have any food! What will he do?

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr – This wonderful book is full of examples of all the things for which we can give thanks. Great for any time of year!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting – Turkey is invited to Thanksgiving dinner, but he’s afraid to attend because he thinks he is the meal.

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac – A beautifully illustrated historical tale about the history of Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern – A historical introduction to Thanksgiving that is great for all ages.

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas – A Christian perspective on the history of Thanksgiving and the source of our blessings.

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston – A silly rhyming tale that will have kids laughing as they learn about numbers and subtraction.

Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness – This book takes a deeper look at the experience of three children who sailed to American on the Mayflower.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp – This lovely story is based on a traditional Iriquois celebration of nature’s beauty, and is written by a Mohawk chief.

The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall – Written in the language of the day, this story takes a look at the daily life of the pilgrims in their first years at Plimoth.

Life on the Mayflower by Jessica Gunderson – What was life like on the Mayflower? This book explores the 65 day journey, and the hardships the passengers faced.

Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola – Strega Nona is back! This classic character is celebrating the harvest and the changing of the seasons.

Emma Had a Little Turkey by Mary Lee – This fun take on “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is perfect for Thanksgiving.

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown – Arthur is excited to be the director in his school’s Thanksgiving play. But his actors are making his job very difficult!

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace — This book for older kids is a more historically accurate look at what life in the pilgrim settlement might have been like.

How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting – A family is forced to leave their home in the Carribean and sail for America. The day the arrive is also Thanksgiving day.

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