Thanksgiving Reads for the Whole Family

A family reads a book together.As a reader, I love to dig out books each year to read for different seasons. Fall and Thanksgiving are some of my favorites. I love sharing seasonal reads with my family.

Here are a few to get you started! Make sure to check out your local library for more! There may be a story time or two featuring these books.

Books for Babies and Toddlers

  1. You’re the Apple of My Pie by Rose Rossner :: A super cute book, filled with puns about food. 
  2. I Am Thankful by Sheri Wall :: A lovely book that teaches about coming together and giving thanks. 
  3. Turkey Gobble by Little Bee Books :: A fun interactive book, perfect for littles.

Books for Small Kiddos and Preschoolers

  1. Peyton Picks the Perfect Pie by America’s Test Kitchen Kids :: A book about a “picky” eater who picks out the perfect pie. 
  2. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli :: A great book to talk about being thankful. 
  3. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson :: See how a bear celebrates Thanksgiving with friends. 
  4. How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace :: Read about catching a turkey that got loose! 
  5. The Little Kids Table by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle :: A fun book about what can happen when you sit at the kids table. 

Books for Elementary Kids

  1. Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf :: A book about a family that celebrates with an outdoor Thanksgiving. 
  2. Nate the Great Talks Turkey by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat :: A great read from the Nate the Great detective series. 
  3. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano :: A fun book about a turkey trying to think of ways to disguise himself, so he won’t be turkey dinner. 
  4. Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne :: A Magic Tree House book where they get transported back to the first Thanksgiving! 
  5. We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell :: A great book to read about other cultures traditions.  
  6. Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet :: A great look at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! 

Books for Middle Schoolers

  1. What was the First Thanksgiving? by Joan Holub :: A book from the What Was series that’s great to read as a family. 
  2. Thanksgiving Thief by Carolyn Keene :: A Nancy Drew Clue Crew Thanksgiving mystery your middle schooler will love solving. 
  3. Dr. Carbles is Losing His Marbles by Dan Gutman :: A funny Thanksgiving story from the My Weird School Series. 

Books for High Schoolers 

  1. Karen’s Surprise by Ann M. Martin :: A Babysitter’s Club Little Sister book about a Thanksgiving play. 
  2. Pumpkin Pie by Katelyn Brawn :: A book about a girl just wanting to live “hap-pie-ly” ever after. 
  3. A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi :: A book about coming together through food. 
>> RELATED READ ::  27 Festive Fall Books for the Whole Family (Including Mom!) <<

Books for Moms

  1. Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich :: A rabbit brings two people together at Thanksgiving. 
  2. The Cat Who Talked Turkey by Lilian Jackson Braun :: A mystery in a bookstore that is being built. 
  3. A Quilter’s Holiday by Jennifer Chiaverini :: A feel-good story about quilters coming together and sharing what they are thankful for. 
  4. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler :: A kooky love story filled with a slow-roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. 

Books for the Family to Enjoy All Together

  1. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott :: A short story by the author of Little Women about a family Thanksgiving. 
  2. Thank You Sarah, The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson :: A story about a woman saving Thanksgiving when people have started to forget. 
  3. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace :: A National Geographic Look at Thanksgiving. 
  4. Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Katie Culpin :: Some different recipes to maybe try this Thanksgiving. 
  5. Bluey & Bingo’s Fancy Restaurant Cookbook by Penguin Young Readers :: A fun Bluey cookbook to share and maybe make some of their “fancy” food. 

Happy reading! 

Suzy joined the Fort Worth Moms (FWM) team in August 2021 as the community groups coordinator. In that role, she manages the 20 moms groups FWM offers to mothers in North Texas. Suzy is also a writer for FWM. Suzy was born and raised in Arlington. She comes from a big family. As the oldest of six, Suzy has always been the mama bear to friends and family alike. She is happily married to her best friend of 10 years, and they have two young children, Aurora (2016) and Benjamin (2019).


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