Great Thanksgiving Picture Books

Are you looking for some exciting and kid friendly books to read as we prepare for Thanksgiving? If so, check out some of my favorite Thanksgiving books for children.


‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by: Dav Pilkey

The classic Christmas poem has been adapted to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. It’s an entertaining book with humor, great pictures and causes you to think about the turkey’s perspective at Thanksgiving.

'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving

10 Fat Turkeys by: Tony Johnston

Your children will find delight in this silly book about 10 fat Turkeys. Bonus: it uses rhyme and helps with counting backwards.

Balloons Over Broadway by: Melissa Sweet

This fascinating book teaches you about the life of Tony Sarg, the man who created the helium balloon puppets, which are the main feature of the Macy’s Day Parade. The mixed media pictures scattered throughout this picture book are wonderful. Melissa Sweet is a Caldecott Honor winner and you can visit her website to learn more about making moving puppets.

Visit for craft ideas for Balloons Over Broadway and other educational ideas based on books Melissa Sweet has written and/or illustrated. Lots of fun ideas!!!

Balloons Over Broadway

Thanksgiving books with Favorite Characters

You’ll also find many of your child’s favorite characters have seasonal books. Here’s some Thanksgiving titles you may want to check out: Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper, Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet, Arthur’s Thanksgiving and Pete the Cat the First Thanksgiving.


P is for Pilgrim… A Thanksgiving Alphabet by: Carol Crane

This book is more series than the others listed above. It takes you through the alphabet and gives you background information and facts about Thanksgiving. It would be a longer read for little ones so you might want to just read and discuss a few pages at a time. I know my little ones had lots of questions to ask while we read this one!


I love getting into the mood for the next upcoming holiday by reading books that pertain to the season. Be sure to follow Local Busy Bees on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see what our family is up to this holiday season. Do you have any Thanksgiving favorites that you think I should read to my children?

Are you looking for other fall/Thanksgiving related crafts and activities to do with your children?  There’s lots of exciting ideas by fellow bloggers that would be perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners and early elementary aged students. Check out all of the fun below!

Pumpkins and Thanksgiving

Halloween Connect the Dots Worksheets by The Resourceful Mama

Pumpkin gross motor number line P is for preschooler

Fantastic Kindergarten Science Experiment with Pumpkin by Thriving STEM

Kindergarten Pumpkin Weighing Activity by Something 2 Offer

“Ox-Cart Man” Storytelling Basket with Free Template by Books and Giggles

Pumpkin Spice Paint by Creative World of Varya

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  1. says

    I love learning about the Pilgrims and this is the one time of year my daughter doesn’t mind reading the stories either! I hadn’t heard of that Night Before Thanksgiving One but it looks like fun!

    • localbusybees says

      Kim- we are at the in between point of reading Halloween books yet gearing up for Thanksgiving. I love the holidays! 🙂

  2. says

    Thanks for adding this to our Autumn Blog Hop Joy! I am a sucker for seasonal books. My kids books are 80% seasonal…lol! Wonderful choices, thanks!!~*


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