8 Old And New Thanksgiving Tales To Get Your Children Into The Spirit Of Giving Thanks

Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few darling Thanksgiving books out there that are perfect to share with your little ones. Gobble up a few of these turkey loving reads, that are sure to get your whole family into the spirit of giving thanks.


1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Charles M. Shulz

What would a holiday book list be without one of our favorites from the Peanuts gang? In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Peppermint Patty persuades Charlie Brown to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, his pals chip in and help make it a Thanksgiving to remember!

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2. ‘Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dave Pilkey

This quirky parody to, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, follows the story of school children who visit 8 turkeys at Farmer Nugget’s farm. They children are having a great time until they find out what lies ahead for these Thanksgiving turkeys. Just a warning… this charming little story may just have your child refusing their turkey on Thanksgiving day!


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3. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey by Lucille Colandro

Lucille Colandro is the queen of There Was An Old Lady parodies. She’s written one about that poor old lady ingesting everything from snow, to a frog, to some leaves. In There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey, the old lady swallows everything from a hat, to a ball, to a boat. This Thanksgiving adaptation of a classic is sure to keep children guessing s to what she will eat next!


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4. Pete The Cat: The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly And James Dean

Nothing can make Thanksgiving groovier than an adaptation by Pete the Cat. Pete is nervous to star in the school Thanksgiving play. Luckily, he finds a way to put his fears behind him and get on with the show. This pull-the-flap book is a great way for even the smallest children to learn about Thanksgiving and what makes it so special.


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5. Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious is back in a Thanksgiving-tastic tale! Pinkalicious and her little brother try to recreate the first thanksgiving. Although mishaps happen at every turn, they eventually pull together a Thanksgiving to be remembered. Cute Thanksgiving place cards and stickers complete this tale about helping out, even if things don’t always go quite as planned.


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6. A Turkey For Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

Another story that’s sure to put your child off their turkey at Thanksgiving is Eve Bunting’s A Turkey For Thanksgiving. When Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all of their friends to a Thanksgiving feast, they are surprised to find that the turkey is nowhere to be found. Thankfully, turkey finally realizes that he has been invited as a guest, not to be the meal!


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7. Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

A book about not just the logistics of Thanksgiving, but the real meaning behind the holiday. In Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks, children discover all the things they should be thankful for. Simple text is paired with colorful illustrations to teach even the youngest Americans about this most important holiday.


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8. Squanto’s Journey: The Story Of The First Thanksgiving by Joesph Bruchac

This is an excellent read if you’re looking for a more factual account of Thanksgiving and how it came to be. Squanto’s Journey: The Story Of The First Thanksgiving, is the true story of how Squanto welcomed the pilgrims and taught them how to survive in the harsh new land.


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With these Thanksgiving reads, you’re sure to pique the interests of the youngest Americans in your life!

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