5 Thanksgiving Books for Your Young Kids

Thanksgiving isn't too far off in the future, and reading Thanksgiving books to your children is a great way to teach them about the meaning of this holiday.

Thanksgiving is more than just eating a lot of good food, even though we all love that part. It's a vital part of American history, and our children must understand the importance of this event. From the time that my kids are little, we study and learn about the history of Thanksgiving.

Over the years, I've read dozens of books with my kids, and I wanted to share my favorite choices. 

5 Thanksgiving Books for Young Kids 

1. Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

If you're studying the history of Thanksgiving, then you need to read about Squanto. He welcomed the new settlers and taught them how to survive in the new world. Then, with Squanto's help, the people feasted together with the Native Americans, which is the tradition we celebrate hundreds of years later. 

2. The First Thanksgiving - a Picture Puffins Book

The author, Jean Craighead George, traced the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created the Cape Cod area to when the Pilgrims and Pawtuxet Native Americans feasted together. This book gives a detailed account of the history of our Thanksgiving for young readers. 

3. The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving

Ann McGovern takes readers through the voyage of The Mayflower and all of the hardships that the pilgrims faced during their first year in the New World. This book gives a fantastic recount of their first harvest and has some of the best illustrations.

4.  Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story

Here is a heartwarming Thanksgiving story that is set at the turn of the 20th century. It features a large family that works together to make their Thanksgiving meal special. The book is told in rhythmic verses with beautiful illustrations showing what each family member is doing to prepare. 

5. The Story of the Pilgrims

Do you want a simple storybook that covers the history of the pilgrims and Thanksgiving? This adorable book by Katharine Ross, and it's designed for kids between 3-7 years old. It covers the voyage across the Atlantic and the difficult first winter. Then, Ross covers the first Thanksgiving and this exciting period in history. 

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