10 Great Thanksgiving Books for Children


Teach your children about Thanksgiving traditions, gratitude and giving thanks to God this month for all their blessings with this collection of 10 of our favorite Thanksgiving books for children.

Reading time with my kids before bed is still my favorite part of the day. My sons are growing older and can read on their own now, but they still love moments spent curled up with Mom and a good book. Here’s a list of some of the books we will be reading this month in preparation for Thanksgiving. This list is appropriate for ages 0-10 and features some of your favorite Berenstain Bears and Veggie Tales characters, as well as make-believe characters and historical fiction — all from trusted Christian children’s book authors.

10 Thanksgiving Books for Children

Mary's First ThanksgivingMary’s First Thanksgiving
Sometimes all it takes is a little faith… Most days, Mary loves her new home in America. But now it’s Thanksgiving, and her family has little food. Mary begins to wish she could go back to Ireland. So Father tells Mary the story of how the Pilgrims struggled when they first came to America. There were times when they had barely enough food, just like their family. Five kernels of corn helped the Pilgrims survive and make their faith stronger. Will the legend of the five kernels help grow a new faith in Mary too? Read more…

Give Thanks to the LordGive Thanks to the Lord
The table makes a lovely sight. The food is good, it tastes just right. I savor every, single bite. I feel so full of love tonight. Celebrate the season in this heartwarming story that references Psalm 92 in tender rhyme from award-winning author Karma Wilson. Told from the point of view of one young member of an extended family, Give Thanks to the Lord celebrates joy of all kinds, from the arrival of distant relatives to a cozy house already filled with merriment, to apple cider and the delicious smells of roasting turkey and baking pie. Read more…


The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving BlessingsThe Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings
Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they – and YOU – can be thankful for … including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers featuring the whole Bear family. Read more…



The Berenstain Bears Give ThanksThe Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
The Berenstain cubs act out the first Thanksgiving – complete with costumes, props and a full Thanksgiving feast. But will Sister Bear’s pet turkey play the part of dinner? The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks teaches how God provided for the pilgrims and reminds children of God’s many blessings. Read more…



This book’s cover celebrates everything wonderful about fall, and continues with stories of everyday blessings and what people in different careers and walks of life are thankful for (the fireman for putting the fire out, the poet for words that rhyme, the chef for plates licked clean, the pastor for God’s loving word, and more!). Their story and pictures demonstrate an important spirit of appreciation and gratitude – and I loved the whimsical rhyme and watercolor illustrations. A delightful picture book!  Read more…


Thank You, Lord, For Everything
My toddler loves this board book with bright colors and easy rhymes! She doesn’t understand all the words just yet, but the repetition helps as each page ends with the same statement “Thank you, Lord, for everything!” This book, like Thankful, reinforces finding the everyday blessings in your life – in the often simple and overlooked things — and in God’s creation. It’s a great message to reinforce with our children as we approach the holiday season! Read more…



My Thanksgiving PrayerMy Thanksgiving Prayer
My Thanksgiving Prayer oversized board book features a child thanking and praising God for the big and small joys of life. Children will delight in the colorful illustrations by Claudine Gevry and the catchy rhyming text by Crystal Bowman. This oversized format is a great value and perfect for engaging young children. Read more…





Madame Blueberry Learns to be ThankfulMadame Blueberry Learns to be Thankful
Madame Blueberry and her friends start putting her tree house back together and are tempted to get more and more stuff to make the job easier. But when Madame Blueberry points out that a thankful heart is a happy heart, her VeggieTales friends learn a lesson in being thankful. Includes a full-color sheet of stickers for added fun! Read more…


Peas and Thank YouPeas and Thank You!
This is a great book for teaching children manners, politeness and the importance of “please” and “thank you” before the Thanksgiving holidays! As these delightfully fun Peas and Beans from the Veggie Tales series head out to collect sunflower seeds, children discover that everyone wins when you learn to be polite and take turns. My youngest son loves this book cover! Read more…


Thank You GodThank You, God
Kids are different around the world. But they all love God the same. Discover the things they’re grateful for – koala bears, northern lights, windmills, and more – in this colorful lift-the-flap book. Read more…




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Your Turn

What do you do to prepare children’s hearts for Thanksgiving? We’d love to hear about any books that have become a part of your Thanksgiving traditions. Please leave your comments below.

Jaime Guthals

Hi, I'm Jaime Guthals, the editorial director at FaithGateway.com - a fancy title, but really, I’m a simple Southern girl who has been blessed with this dream job and every day I'm awe-struck by how God uses unlikely people to accomplish extraordinary things. It's been proven in the Bible, and certainly in my life. Soli deo Gloria. On a personal note, I've worked in publishing for more than 20 years, am a mother of three, wife to a handsome science-geek, and I'm thankful for the small moments, every day. My one word for 2017: Cherish.

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