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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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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