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30 Best Thanksgiving Picture Books

reading a Thanksgiving book together

With Thanksgiving nearly here, I've got my book basket filled and overflowing with some of our most favorite seasonal living books. Some of these are about the first Thanksgiving that took place 400 years ago and the rest are about how Americans have celebrated the day ever since. Many of the titles are thoughtful. Others are silly. But they are all treasured family favorites that my kids and I have enjoyed for years.

Want to peek into our book basket? Of course, you do. 
Here's a list of our 30 most favorite Thanksgiving-themed books. Be sure to read all the way to the end to download a printable list of the entire collection. 

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30 Best Picture Books for Thanksgiving

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin

In November by Cynthia Rylant

Off to Plymouth Rock! by Dandi Daley MacKall

On the Mayflower by Kate Waters


Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

Thanksgiving Graces by Mark Kimball Moulton

Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman

Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf

Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode

Thanksgiving with Me by Margaret Willey

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh

The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

I'd love to know what you'd add to this list. What Thanksgiving books have you and yours enjoyed over the years? Tell me in the comments and help me add more great titles to our basket. In the meantime, feel free to grab a free printable version of the Best Thanksgiving Picture Books. 

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  1. Yay! I'm always looking for more Thanksgiving books! One of our family favorites that you don't have listed is "The Thanksgiving Door" by Debby Atwell. Just have the tissues ready. ;)

  2. Great list! Thank you! Our family favorite is "This is the Feast" by Diane Z. Shore It is told in a poem and has beautiful pictures. Happy Thanksgiving!