Thanksgiving Stories

by | Nov 15, 2008 | Books, Picture Books, Thanksgiving | 7 comments

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, I am finally pulling out our books about Thanksgiving as well as ordering a few from our library.

The books we will be reading during these next couple weeks include:

Cranberry Thanksgiving

I wished we owned this book, but thankfully it is still available at our local library. You can find a great lap book to go along with it over at In the Heart of My Home!

Update: Hardcover Edition, Republished in 2012 and added to our collection!

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

When I was browsing through Honey for a Child’s Heart, I noticed this book. Being written by Louisa May Alcott, I was surprised I had never read it before! The description reads, “The seven rambunctious Bassett children decide to cook their own Thanksgiving dinner after their parents leave to tend a sick grandmother. Minor catastrophes and understandable chaos add to the charm of this rediscovered family classic. It is sentimental and perfect for the holidays.” I can’t wait to read it!!!

A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841

“A weaving together of stories, information, and activities to create a tapestry of pioneer life. Wonderful illustrations, great family book.” (Honey for a Child’s Heart)

. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620

What kind of ship was the Mayflower? How did the Pilgrims feel when they saw land? What was the first building in Plymouth? In lively question-and-answer style, this fact-filled book answers all sorts of questions about the Pilgrims’ journey on the Mayflower and their first year in America.” (Amazon)

The Thanksgiving Story

This is one of our favorites… which just might have something to do with the fact that it was one of my favorites as a child! 😉

“Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins are aboard the Mayflower, overcrowded when the Speedwell turns back to England. On the journey, the children’s baby brother is born and named Oceanus; he will be one of the smallest in the company of settlers who endure the terrible first year in the New World and gather to celebrate the harvest the next November. The story ends with the great feast to which the colonists invited the Indian chief Massasoit, Squanto and their people who had helped the strangers survive hunger, cold and sickness.” (Amazon)

A Thanksgiving Turkey

“Gorgeous illustrations in a story about a boy and his grandfather who hope to shoot a wild turkey in the woods, and then deliberately miss the shot. A wonderfully tender story about youth and old age.” (Honey for a Child’s Heart)

And especially for my littlest ones:

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Book

If you have a moment, I would love to hear about any of your favorite Thanksgiving books! Maybe our library will have them, and we can check them out too!


  1. Ruth

    Great post, Jessica! I would love to read these books to the kids. Thank you. I hope you have a great week.

  2. Marci

    so many of the same books are being read here. Great Minds I say!!!

  3. Juli

    I always love book suggestion posts the best. I only had two of those books in my Thanksgiving basket, so I went to check to see if my library had any available. Of course they are all checked out by now. I’ll make sure to make a note of them for next year, though.

  4. Shelly

    i love these suggestions, Jessica!

    i really love your new bkgrd! very pretty 😉

  5. Pamela

    I love these Suggestions. We plan on reading some of these books to are kids. Thanks Jessica. Hope you are feeling better. I am a little under the weather myself not much fun.

  6. Lori

    God Bless You, Jessica. This is just the post I needed! I’m glad you’re feeling better. By the way, I like the backgound change.

  7. My beautiful ordinary life

    Hi there! Just using this list to request for the season! They were all there and then some. I'll let you know how the extra ones that I requested are!


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