During the month of November, we love to read fun and festive books all about Thanksgiving. These 10 Thanksgiving Picture Books are all about being thankful, turkeys, family dinner, and the first Thanksgiving. Your students will not only enjoy learning about the holiday but important concepts like counting backwards and rhyming words too.
10 Thanksgiving Picture Books:
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Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Bear invites all of this friends over for dinner to say thanks but his cupboards are bare. Your students will love to find out what special gift Bear has to share in this story about the celebration of friendship and family.
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
This silly rhyming story teaches children how to count backwards from ten. It is the perfect book to incorporate reading into math and help your students with their mathematical fluency.
Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr
Thanksgiving is only a day away and Turkey is trying to find a place to hide from the farmer. Your students will love to join in and read “Run, Turkey, Run!” throughout the story.
The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katherine Kenah
Turkey has been invited to everyone’s house for Thanksgiving. As he makes his way from house to house, he gets more and more full. This funny, read-aloud story is sure to have your students laughing from the beginning to end.
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
Follow along as Turkey tries to disguise himself so that he doesn’t become the main course this Thanksgiving. Your students will have fun trying to guess what Turkey will dress up as throughout the story.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
My students always love all of the “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a…” books. They are perfect for working on sequencing and retelling too.
Thanksgiving Mice by Bethany Roberts
This adorable book is about four, little mice who are putting on a play about Thanksgiving. Your students will love learning rhyming sounds, basic vocabulary, and the story of the very first Thanksgiving as they read this story.
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy
This book tells the story of the first Thanksgiving that occurred at what would become Plymouth Plantation. Follow allow as ten pilgrims and ten Wampanoag children complete activities to get ready for the big feast.
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
My students love all of the Pete the Cat books! In this funny story, Pete the Cat is nervous about staring in the school play, but he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun when he gets onstage.
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland and Sonja Lamut
This Thanksgiving book is a simple story for young children that will help explain the concept of being thankful.
These 10 Thanksgiving Picture Books are fun stories to read aloud during the month of November. Your students are sure to love them!
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