Must Have Thanksgiving Books

Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner?! With Thanksgiving comes a time for reflection, gratitude and, well, lot’s of really great food! Thanksgiving is more than just about the food though. We all know this, but how many of us actually remember that?

Are we teaching our kids about the true meaning of Thanksgiving or are we continuing on our turkey filled day and just making it a day about food and parties (oh, and Black Friday shopping). I know, I know. It can get a little crazy during the holidays to remember to teach the history and meaning of Thanksgiving. So, what do we do?

Well, this week, I want to share with you different books that you can use to learn all about the meaning of Thanksgiving. These books will help you dig deeper with your kiddos and learn a little more about why we celebrate this (yummy!) holiday! They also are great additions if you are doing modern history or Classical Conversations like we are here.

 

Cranberry Thanksgiving (Cranberryport)Cranberry Thanksgiving (Cranberryport)

From 1971, this book is on so many homeschool reading lists! It has an entertaining story and you might just find yourself a cranberry bread recipe, too!

The Thanksgiving StoryThe Thanksgiving Story

For all ages, this book will take you through one family’s journey on the Mayflower as they enter a brand new world and face harsh conditions when they hit their first winter. Read all about how they made it, with a little help from their Native American friends.

 

The Story of the Pilgrims (Pictureback(R))The Story of the Pilgrims (Pictureback(R))

If you have a child that LOVES history, this book is for them. Recounting the first year as a pilgrim in the New World, this book paints a vivid picture of exactly what life was like.

The Pilgrims' First ThanksgivingThe Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving

That first Thanksgiving isn’t anything like how we celebrate it now – it lasted several days! This book is fantastic for showing your young readers just how differently they celebrated that first Thanksgiving.

. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620

Step back in time (all the way back to 1620) to see how life was like when the pilgrims got on the Mayflower and left everything they knew (and had) behind.

If You Lived In Colonial TimesIf You Lived In Colonial Times

Spending life on the Mayflower for a little while was one thing, but Colonial Times was something else. Catch a glimpse of what it was like during those times in this Scholastic book!

Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First ThanksgivingSquanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

As one of the first to welcome the pilgrims to the New World and teach them how to survive and adapt to their new surroundings, Squanto was pretty cool. This book teaches all about the first Thanksgiving with them.

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)

As a very historically correct picture of what the three-day celebration looked like in 1621, this book is great for all ages!

Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl (Scholastic Bookshelf)Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Wonder what a day was like for the life of a Pilgrim girl? This book covers it!

Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim BoySamuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy

How about a Pilgrim boy? This one covers his story!

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)

Go beyond the pilgrims and remember that Thanksgiving is for giving thanks!! With simple text and colorful images, this book is great for the young ones in your family!

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10 Fat Turkeys10 Fat Turkeys

This silly book is a great way to bring some humor into your school lesson or as a read aloud! With ten goofy turkeys all telling rhyming stories, everyone will get a chuckle out of this one!

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Picture Puffin Books)One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Picture Puffin Books)

This one is another great book for those littles readers! This story brings to life the story of the Pilgrims to the younger kids through rhyming text.

If You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial DaysIf You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial Days

Heard of or visited Williamsburg? Wondering what it really was like during Colonial Days? This kids book helps you make sense of it all!

You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist!You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Colonist!

But why not?! Read this book to find out!

Colonial Jobs (Colonial Quest)Colonial Jobs (Colonial Quest)

Wondering what the colonists did for work? Read this one to find out the skills of the trade!

Chapter Books

Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27)Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27)

Part of the #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time, this book is perfect for kids who are just starting with chapter books!

Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on ThursdayPilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday

Want to stay on track with the facts behind the chapter book above? This non-fiction companion book backs up the Magic Tree House chapter book with all the facts!

The Mystery at Jamestown: First Permanent English Colony in America! (17) (Real Kids Real Places)The Mystery at Jamestown: First Permanent English Colony in America! (17) (Real Kids Real Places)

What really happened at Jamestown those first few years? This book walks you through the mystery at Jamestown!

Mayflower Treasure Hunt (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, No. 2)Mayflower Treasure Hunt (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, No. 2)

Go on a treasure hunt in the Mayflower with this cute mystery book!

William Bradford: Plymouth's Rock (Heroes of History)William Bradford: Plymouth’s Rock (Heroes of History)

Who was William Bradford? This great book for pre-teens will teach you all about one of the major heroes in history!

William Bradford: Pilgrim BoyWilliam Bradford: Pilgrim Boy

Dig deeper into William Bradford’s childhood with this one! Written in an excellent and engaging style, this one is great for all ages, too!

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

Good for middle school readers, this one is fantastic for mystery lovers. I love how this one adds quotes and diary entries from the time period to bring more context into this book.

Squanto, Friend Of The PilgrimsSquanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims

Full of adventure, this one will walk you through who Squanto the Indian was!

Pedro's Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493

Wondering what a voyage with Christopher Columbus would have been like? This one will walk you through the voyage just like you were actually there!

Pocahontas and the Strangers (Scholastic Biography)Pocahontas and the Strangers (Scholastic Biography)

Pocahontas is so much more than just a movie. Although this is a fictional book, it brings in historical context at the same time.

Family Reads

Thanksgiving: A Time to RememberThanksgiving: A Time to Remember

Are you really, truly taking the time to remember? This book will help you take a step back and reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving along with other important history.

The Light and the Glory for Young Readers: 1492-1787 (Discovering God's Plan for America)The Light and the Glory for Young Readers: 1492-1787 (Discovering God’s Plan for America)

This is one of my family’s favorite books! What is God’s plan for America? Take a Biblical approach to the study of Thanksgiving and the early years!

The Light and the Glory: 1492-1793 (God's Plan for America)The Light and the Glory: 1492-1793 (God’s Plan for America)

Looking for a copy of the one above for older kids/teens and adults? This is the same version as the for young readers, just for older students.

So there you have it. My favorite Thanksgiving books. Of course, there are so many more. Let me know which one is your favorite by commenting below! Also, I have a FREE Give Thanks Copywork and Adult coloring page bundle! Just click below to download it!

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