Reading List: Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends come together to share food and laughter as the days are getting shorter and colder. Beginning as a celebration of the welcome early European settlers received from Native Americans, Thanksgiving maintains the sentiment of sharing one’s bounty with others. Each home has its own unique traditions, but there are many shared behaviors across the United States, as well. No matter how the holiday is celebrated, the essence is the same: giving thanks for all that one has in their life. This book list includes titles for children aged 4-7 and shows how people give thanks at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni




91T4yv6QrRL._AC_UY218_ Around the Table that Grandad Built
By: Melanie Heuiser Hill
Illustrated by: Jaime Kim

A family gathers with friends and neighbors to eat and celebrate around a table that the grandfather built.
9780807517345 Duck for Turkey Day
By: Jacqueline Jules
Illustrated by: Kathy Mitter

When Tuyet finds out that her Vietnamese family is having duck rather than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, she is upset until she finds out that other children in her class did not eat turkey either.
9781600602580 Gracias
By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: John Parra

A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things he is thankful for.
9781580897129 Grandma’s Tiny House
By: JaNay Brown-Wood
Illustrated by: Priscilla Burris

In rhyming text, when the whole family and guests show up for the big dinner at Grandma’s house, it becomes clear that the house is much too small to hold them all.
9781623368760 I am Thankful
By: Suzy Capozzi
Illustrated by: Eren Unten

Throughout a Thanksgiving Day filled with family and fun, a child finds opportunities to be thankful.
9781619131309 Round the Turkey: A Grateful Thanksgiving
By: Leslie Kimmelman
Illustrated by: Nancy Cote

As they gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, members of an extended family take turns describing, in rhyme, the things that make them feel grateful.
9780307981820 Sharing the Bread: an old-fashioned Thanksgiving story
By: Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrated by: Jill McElmurry

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a family’s preparations for their Thanksgiving feast, with everyone pitching in to help—including Baby, who sleeps quiet as a mouse.
0316431230 Thank You, Omu!
By: Oge Mora

When the aroma of Omu’s homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.
9780060510985 Thanks for Thanksgiving
By: Julie Markes
Illustrated by: Doris Barrette

At Thanksgiving time, children express their gratitude for the people and things in their lives.
9781448861415 Thanksgiving
By: Connor Dayton

Introduces Thanksgiving, discusses the origins of the holiday, and describes how Americans celebrate.
9780823418497 Thanksgiving Is—
By: Gail Gibbons

Introduces Thanksgiving feasts, Thanksgiving traditions, and the history of Thanksgiving to the reader.
FC_BC_9780545761093.pdf The Very Stuffed Turkey
By: Katharine Kenah
Illustrated by: Binny Talib

When he is invited to five Thanksgiving dinners, Turkey accepts all of his friends’ invitations but wonders if he has room in his stomach for all that food.


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