Children’s Thanksgiving Books that focus on being Grateful

It’s important to teach our kids that Thanksgiving is about being thankful for all of our blessings. I hope you enjoy this selection of Children’s Thanksgiving books that focus on being grateful!


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s right up there with Christmas in my book! There’s just something about gathering together with family and friends and consuming copious amounts of turkey and pie. But in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be easy to forget the real reason we are gathering together. To give thanks.

One of my favorite ways to help my kids learn these lessons (without feeling like I’m preaching to them) is to read a good book. Or three. So today, I want to share with you a few Thanksgiving books that help us focus on gratitude and family togetherness (and not so much on the turkey.)


Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

Edited by Katherine Paterson; Illustrated by Pamela Dalton

This absolutely beautiful book is full of songs, poems and prayers sure to help you and your children focus on the reason for this holiday.




Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember

by Barbara Rainey

This book is a wonderful look at the reason for the First Thanksgiving. Even through drought and many deaths, the Pilgrims found reasons to be thankful. I enjoyed the author’s attention to thankfulness throughout the book. A great look at the Christian history of Thanksgiving Day! While you might be able to find a copy at Amazon, I recommend that you buy it through the publisher for a better price. (Not an affiliate link.)



The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful

by Colleen Coble

I love this little book for the smallest of kiddos to learn about being thankful. It’s a great idea to implement every day and help everyone in the family to be just a little more grateful for the blessings we have been given.







The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Who doesn’t love the Berenstain Bears? In this book, the cubs learn about the Pilgrims and learn to give thanks for their many blessings.






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  • Mary Hill

    November 21, 2016 at 9:41 am Reply

    Hi, thanks for linking up your post at the #LMMLinkup. I love the books on Thanksgiving that you shared.

  • Leslie DeJarnette

    November 22, 2016 at 8:28 am Reply

    The Berenstain Bears have some many meaningful books about holidays! I think Mike Berenstein is being even more intentional about sharing values than his parents (whom I loved). It’s so rare when a follow-up author makes a series even better!

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