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Books About Thanksgiving for Preschoolers

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.

Thanksgiving Books for preschoolers on a wooden background

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Books About Thanksgiving for Preschoolers

Here is a fun collection of Thanksgiving books 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

This is a fun counting book with beautiful illustrations. The text in this Thanksgiving read aloud 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 uses 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.

Favorite Characters

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

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

Dr. Seuss’s Thankful Things

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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