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Top 10 Thanksgiving Books for Preschool

Fall is in the air and Thanksgiving is near! I have put together a list of top 10 Thanksgiving Books for Preschool that I think your family will really enjoy! A few years back we made a few Rainbow Color Books that the kids really enjoyed and we also took some time to learn a little about taking care of books which I think is very important for the preschool age.

Reading to your child every night is a great way to teach your child while you’re spending valuable time with them as well. These Thanksgiving books will teach your child about being thankful, rhyme and repetition, letters, the alphabet and a little history too!

10 Top Thanksgiving Books for Preschool

I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie – by Alison Jackson
A sweet spin-off of “I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly”. A truly funny book about an old lady who swallows some really dry pie! There are plenty of Thanksgiving dinner items in this one to get your child ready for a scrumptious meal! The feast begins like this… “I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry…..perhaps she’ll die.”

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey– by Lucille Colandro
Another great “I know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly” spin-off for you to enjoy. The pictures are hilarious in this one, your kids are sure to enjoy. “You don’t believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty!”

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks – by Margaret Sutherland
A sweet book that teaches children the most important thing about Thanksgiving, being thankful is something every child needs to learn. The illustrations are beautiful and the meaning of Thanksgiving is easy to understand for kids of all ages.

The Night Before Thanksgiving – by Natasha Wing
A sweet spin-off of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” using the same rhyming format making this an awesome addition to our Thanksgiving Books for Preschool list. Children love repetition and will get a kick out of this one!
“Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the nation families got ready for the big celebration. That night we were nestled all snug in our beds, while visions of turkey legs danced in our heads.”

The Story of the Pilgrims– by Katharine Ross
This is a great book for children to learn about how Thanksgiving actually began. A great way to bring social studies into your child’s day and told in a way that young children can begin to understand. It’s a great story that you preschool class or even those at home can act out as a family to help your children further understand just where this holiday began.

T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story– by Tanya Lee Stone
A great Thanksgiving story staged as a school play to show the true meaning of Thanksgiving. This book uses the alphabet to help children celebrate everything from harvest to the Thanksgiving turkey!
“A is for the American story,
Our school play will tell,
Some myths we’ll set straight,
Other facts you know well!”

Thanksgiving at The Tappletons’– by Eileen Spinelli
This delightful and fun book talks about all the things that can go wrong with Thanksgiving dinner at the Tappletons’ and why it just doesn’t matter to them. First, the turkey slides down the icy hill and into the pond. The bakery sells out of pies! Things just keep going wrong until Grandma teaches them that there’s more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and trimmings!

10 Fat Turkeys– by Tony Johnston
One by one each of the turkeys leave the fence in a creative way. Great for counting down and the concept of subtraction in a great little story! The illustrations are perfect and the facial expressions of the turkeys are absolutely funny.
“Looky!” says a silly turkey swinging from a vine.
Gobble gobble wibble wobble.
Whoops! Now there are nine.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims– by B.G. Hennessy
This story is sung to the tune of “Ten Little Indians”. It shares a cute little story with the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians and also shares the different foods that were eaten at the first Thanksgiving.

God Gave Us Thankful Hearts– by Lisa Tawn Bergren
A great story about an adventurous little pup that is sad because all of his friends will soon be hibernating. His mom reminds him that not all animals hibernate and that he should be grateful for the beautiful fall season and all the fun that goes with it.

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving Book that your kids love? Make sure and tell us about it in the comments below! We love finding new books to read.

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Saturday 22nd of October 2016

We love The Story of the Pilgrims! What a great read. Another mom recommended it to us a couple of years ago. I haven't read all of the books you share here - might need to go check out a few from our library! Thanks for the recommendations!

Christina Kamp

Friday 21st of October 2016

These are some super great books you have listed. Thanks for the ideas I can use with my littles. :)