Have you ever thought about how perfect it is that Thanksgiving comes in the fall? The weather gets cooler, the leaves change and preschoolers can see for themselves, there is so much to be thankful for. As your little one enjoys all these changes, here are some wonderful books about Thanksgiving for preschoolers that you can share with them.
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Books About Thanksgiving for Preschoolers
I Thank God for This Day by Phil Visher ( Veggie Tales)
This is a cute Veggietale book based on the song, “I Thank God for This Day” that Junior sings. There is a button for your little one to push that plays part of the song.
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Bear wants to have everyone over for dinner but he doesn’t have any food to share, but his friends suggest something else he can share.
What is Thanksgiving? by Michelle Medlock Adams
This is a perfect introduction to Thanksgiving for preschoolers from a Christian perspective of giving God thanks.
Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode
This is a charming Thanksgiving story about a big family that comes over to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving Dinner. It follows the family from sun up when the turkey goes in the oven until evening when everyone says goodbye and heads home.
The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy Skarmeas
This book is very well done! It’s a simple summary, from a Christian perspective, of the story of the pilgrims and Indians told in a way that will keep a preschooler’s attention. (The book uses the word Native Americans instead of Indians)
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed
A fun counting book with beautiful illustrations. The text is told in a whimsical rhyming pattern alternating back and forth between the pilgrims and Wampanoag friends. As an added bonus each page spread has hidden surprise animals if you look for them.
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessey
This book is illustrated with pictures showing samples of how pilgrim children and Wampanoag children spent their days. The text is set to the tune of the traditional song, “One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians” but used the words Pilgrims and the Wampanoag.
Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf
This fun book is based on a true story about a family that shares Thanksgiving in the woods each year with family and friends. Warning – this book does such a great job at making Thanksgiving in the woods look like so much fun your child may want to do the same and have your family add this as a family tradition – lol.
Thanksgiving Books with Favorite Characters
Preschoolers will enjoy learning to be thankful as they read about their favorite characters celebrating Thanksgiving.
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly and James Dean
Olaf Gives Thanks by Colin Hosten
Biscuit is Thankful by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer
Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill
Let’s Be Thankful by Tex Huntley
The Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving All Around (Lift a Flap) Mike Berenstain
Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
Thanks From the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell
Caillou Happy Thanksgiving! by Sarah Margaret Johanson
Mickey’s Thanksgiving by Disney
Dino-Thanksgiving by Lisa Wheeler
Corduroy’s Thanksgiving by Lisa McCue
Elmo’s Best Thanksgiving Ever! by Jodie Sheperd
Be Thankful, Be Giving (Peanuts) by Charles M Schultz
Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George by H.A. Rey
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