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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be looking for something special and festive to share with your children. We’ve rounded up the best children’s Thanksgiving books for every age – that will not only entertain – but educate them on the facts behind this special day in American history.

Babies and Toddlers

What Is Thanksgiving?

What is Thanksgiving is a simple but witty rhythmic board book recommended for children ages 2-5. With detailed pictures and fun verses, it teaches little ones that while it is fun to eat tasty food and watch parades and football with family and friends, the true meaning behind this day is to give thanks for all of the blessings in your life.

Count Your Blessings

Recommended for children ages 2-5, Count Your Blessings is a fun, interactive flap book following Cuddlebear and his Mama as they count the blessings in their lives. Each flap reveals blessings and hidden surprises.



The First Thanksgiving

With bright images and simple context, this board book tells the story of the very first Thanksgiving day and how the pilgrims and Native Americans united. Children 2 and older can follow along with the basic concept of the holiday we celebrate today.

Preschool to Elementary School

The First Thanksgiving Day

Recommended for children ages 4-8, The First Thanksgiving Day tells the story of the first Thanksgiving with flowing verses and vibrant imagery. Throughout the book, children can search for the turkey and find hidden surprises along the way.


Squanto’s Journey

Children ages 6-9 will have fun following the story of Squanto, who first welcomed the newcomers on the Mayflower in 1620 and taught them how to use the land to survive. They gathered harvest together and celebrated during the very first Thanksgiving feast.


If You Were At The First Thanksgiving

If You Were At The First Thanksgiving provides questions and answers for children, ages 7-10, about the first Thanksgiving and what it was like to live in America in the 1620’s.

Middle School

What Was The First Thanksgiving?

This chapter book for children, ages 8-12, provides fun and witty information on the facts behind the three-day feast in 1620 called “The First Thanksgiving.”

Looking for more Thanksgiving fun for your children? Check out “Handprint Turkeys: A Thanksgiving Family Tradition.”

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