8 Fun Thanksgiving Books with Activities for Toddlers and Young Children

by Maytal Wichman

This Thanksgiving holiday, take the opportunity to read a new book to your children and – even better – get inspired to do an activity that will get you in the holiday spirit! We’ve selected a few great books you can read to your children, as well as an activity to go along with them. You can purchase the books online or at your local bookstore.

1. Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet by Jane O’Connor

What’s it about: Join Nancy as she celebrates Thanksgiving along with her family. Book comes with 30 stickers. Age 4 and up.

Get inspired: Make place settings together with your children. One to try is Pinecone Turkey Thanksgiving Craft from Kaboose.com

2. Giving Thanks by Jonathan London

What’s it about: A young boy learns from his father to show gratitude for all the beauty that he sees. Age 3 and up.

Get inspired: Make a “gratitude” time capsule: together with your children, write down on little pieces of paper what you are thankful for. Put in a sealed box or a bottle and put away for storage.

3. One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy

What’s it about: Ten little pilgrim and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls get ready for the harvest feast. Follow them along as they hunt for ducks and fish for clams with simple, rhythmic text. Age 3 and up.

Get inspired: Make super-easy Finger Pilgrim Puppets craft from Kaboose.com

4. The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

What’s it about: Follow along in this warm, whimsical spin on the classic Clement C. Moore poem as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted and thanks are given. Age 4 and up.

Get inspired: Create your own poem with your little ones.

5. T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story by Tanya Lee Stone

What’s it about: Rhyming couplets flow through the alphabet and help kids celebrate everything from Harvest to Pilgrim to Turkey. Age 3 and up.

Get inspired: If your child is old enough to write, have her write down all the letters as you read each one. She can also come up with other words that begin with each letter as you read.

6. Too Many Turkeys by Linda White

What’s it about: Belle and Fred’s farm is overrun with turkeys but the turkeys have a secret – they can make Belle’s garden the most beautiful one in the neighborhood! Age 5 and up.

Get inspired: Make Paper Cup Turkeys – another great craft from Kaboose.com

7. Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

What’s it about: A turkey is trying to escape by hiding among other animals. Kids will love repeating the line “Run, turkey, run!” throughout the book. Age 4 and up.

Get inspired: Play a game of tag, where one of you is the farmer and the other is the turkey. Run outside (weather permitting), or indoors.

8. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

What’s it about: Three friends – a cat, a squirrel and a duck make pumpkin soup together. One day they get into a tiff and when the duck storms out the friends go looking for him. Age 4 and up.

Get inspired: Have your children help you make the soup from the recipe that’s included in the book or try Black Bean Pumpkin Soup from Smitten Kitchen.




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