Children's Books Theme: Thanksgiving




"One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims" by B.G. Hennessy, is about teen Pilgrims and ten Wampanoag Indian children as they prepare for a harvest feast at Plimoth are described using the familiar childhood rhyme. 
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In the book, "Run, Turkey, Run!" by Diane Mayr is about a turkey trying to find a place to hide from the farmer as Thanksgiving is a day away. The turkey tires to hide with the pigs, ducks, and horses but each time the farmer finds him. Find out if the turkey finds a way to hide from the farmer.




"There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!" by Lucille Colandro is part of an amazing group of books. The old lady is at it again, and this time she's swallowing a turkey. You won't believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty! 



"Thanksgiving on Thursday" by Mary Pope Osborne is the twenty-seventh book in the Magic Tree House series. It's a time for giving thanks, when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on? 

I got "Crafts for Thanksgiving" by Kathy Ross to give me ideas of what I can do with my kids for thanksgiving. In this book it offers twenty simple Thanksgiving and autumn crafts specially designed for very young children. Indian corn kernels are used to create an attractive kitchen magnet, and a pumpkin becomes a festive centerpiece for the Thanksgiving meal. Colorful step-by-step illustrations help turn inexpensive and readily available materials into easy-to-make gifts, decorations, table items, and wall hangings that will add a youngster's special touch to the holiday season.

James Dean added another Pete the Cat book in his collection called, "Pete The Cat: The First Thanksgiving."

In "Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit" by Norman Bridwell, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth discover how much they have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. 


The incomparable Dav Pilkey adapts Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm. They have fun playing with eight exuberant turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. So the children decide to smuggle all the turkeys home, and all their Thanksgiving dinners become vegetarian this year. The turkeys' lives are saved!

Laura Malone Elliot and Lynn Munsinger have created another holiday story about the lovable characters from "A String of Hearts." Perfect for a teacher's classroom or a child's home bookshelf, "Thanksgiving Day Thanks" tells the story of Sam trying to figure out what he's thankful for. Sam also works on a special project to share at the Thanksgiving feast - his own version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!



Gail Gibbon's "Thanksgiving Is..." about Thanksgiving is turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. It is a holiday for remembering the Pilgrims and the Indians. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for many blessings.


Nancy White Carlstrom's short, snappy verses and R.W. Alley's cheerful illustrations come together in "Thanksgiving Day at Our House: Thanksgiving Poems for the Very Young." A house full of relatives can mean only one things ---it must be Thanksgiving. Starting with a school pageant the day before Thanksgiving and ending with after-dinner snoozing, this book offers a peek at one family's holiday celebration. Whether for rhyming or singing or simply saying grace, these warm, cozy poems show that there are lots of ways to give thanks.



In "Happy Thanksgiving!" by Carol Barkin, Elizabeth James, and Giora Carmi is a practical book that has ideas for thanksgiving activities such as school and community projects, directions for holiday crafts, easy recipes for Thanksgiving treats, and even a selection of seasonal riddles.


In "Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble" by Abby Klein is about Freddy Thresher having a Thanksgiving disaster. When his first-grade class begins planning the annual Thanksgiving play, everyone will have a role. Freddy's friends are all happy to be Pilgrims and Indians, but there is one part that nobody wants to be-the turkey!

In "The Thanksgiving Day from the Black Lagoon" by Mike Thaler is about the famous Black Lagoon series. November is here and Hubie's class is ready to give thanks for the things that they enjoy most football, turkey, and vacation. They're even going to have a parade! But how can Hubie be thankful when none of his friends chooses to work on a float with him?

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