Holiday Children’s Literature: Fall & Thanksgiving Kids’ Books

Thanksgiving is a time for family and festivities. Below are kids’ books to enhance your holiday celebrations. These great kids’ books will help your young readers get into the holiday spirit, as well as, impart important lessons in sharing and being thankful. These holiday themed works of children’s literature are suitable for classroom or library collections and make for a great kids’ thanksgiving activity.
Thanksgiving Picture Books for Preschoolers
Here are some fun and festive kids’ books ideal for your Pre-K child. These works have fun illustrations and simple text, making them a great choice for a holiday storytime. They also have important holiday messages of sharing and the importance of family and friends. A few of these works contain some of your child’s favorite cartoon characters such as Dora the Explorer and Winnie the Pooh.
• Ten Fat Turkeys, written byTony Johnston and illustrated Richard F. Deas
• The Littlest Pilgrim, by Brandi Dougherty
• T is for Turkey, written by Tanya Stone, illustrated by Gerald Kelley
• Dora’s Thanksgiving, written by Sarah Wilson, illustrated by Robert Roper
• I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie, written by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Judith Schachner
• Twas the Night before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey
• Winnie the Pooh’s Thanksgiving, by Bruce Talkington
• The Best Thanksgiving Day, by Ann Braybrooks, A. A. Milne, and illustrated by Arkadia
• One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims, written by B.G. Hennessy, illustrated by Lynn Avril Cravath.
Holiday Children’s Literature: Thanksgiving Picture Books for Elementary Age Readers
Here are some more picture books for the fall and holiday season. These works are great for independent early elementary-age readers. They also would make a great story time. Several of these books are sure to be popular with your child, containing beloved children’s literary characters such as Norman Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Marc Brown’s Arthur.
• Arthur’s Thanksgiving, by Marc Brown
• Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit, by Norman Bridwell
• Clifford’s First Autumn, by Norman Bridwell
• A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, by Charles M. Schulz
• Franklin’s Thanksgiving,by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
• A Turkey for Thanksgiving, by Eve Bunting and Jane Staa
Historical Children’ Thanksgiving Picture Books
Here are some great Thanksgiving themed picture books if you are looking for children’s literature more about the history of Thanksgiving and life in early colonial America.
• Tapenum’s Day : A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times, written by Kate Waters, photographs by Russ Kendall
• On The Mayflower, written by Kate Waters, photographs by Russ Kendall
• Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl, written by Kate Waters, photographs by Russ Kendall
• Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy, written by Kate Waters, photographs by Russ Kendall
• Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn : The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols, written by Edna Barth, illustrated by Ursula Arndt
• Jamestown, writtenby James E. Knight, illustrated by David Wenzel
• If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, written by Ann McGovern, illustrated by Anna DiVito
• Eating The Plates: A Pilgrim Book Of Food And Manners, by Lucille Recht Penner
• Squanto and the Miracle of the First Thanksgiving, by Eric Metaxas
• Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, written by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Greg Shed
• A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841, written by Barbara Greenwood, illustrated by Heather Collins
How to Use these Festive and Fun Thanksgiving Kids’ Books
All these fun holiday themed books make for a great gift to any special young reader this holiday season. These works of children literature also are ideal for classroom or at home use. These works are also a great Thanksgiving activity for kids.

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