Favorite Thanksgiving Read Alouds

Thanksgiving books

Are you searching for new and engaging Thanksgiving-themed books to enjoy throughout the month of November? There are so many choices that you could read a Thanksgiving book or two every single day of the month! Imagine filling your classroom library with an array of incredible Thanksgiving read-alouds, perfect for engaging your students. To help you get started, I've picked my top ten read-aloud Thanksgiving books, all of which lead to Amazon affiliate links. 

Thanksgiving books
A Thanksgiving Wish by Michael J. Rosen
Reasons I love this book: The book beautifully illustrates the importance of family, community, and gratitude, while encouraging students to reflect on their own wishes for the holiday.

Synopsis: This heartwarming story follows Amanda as she tries to make her own Thanksgiving wishes come true as she celebrates her first Thanksgiving without her beloved Bubbe.

Thanksgiving book for children
Reasons I love this book: This charming tale explores friendship, compassion, and the true meaning of Thanksgiving. It allows students to use their predicting skills, while the adorable illustrations and suspenseful plot will keep them engaged from beginning to end.

Synopsis: Mrs. Moose invites her friends to Thanksgiving dinner, but there's one problem—they can't find a turkey!

Thanksgiving read alouds
Reasons I love this book: Your students will learn about diversity, family traditions, and the joy of sharing. This book is an excellent way to explore the importance of individuality and inclusion.

Synopsis: In this delightful story, Peyton a young, biracial girl who is a picky eater, embarks on a quest to find the perfect pie for Thanksgiving.

November books
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
Reasons I love this book: This hilarious and clever book teaches students about problem-solving, empathy, and the power of creative thinking. Prepare for lots of laughter and a surprising twist at the end!

Synopsis: Turkey is in trouble! Determined not to become Thanksgiving dinner, he disguises himself as other animals on the farm.

Thanksgiving read alouds in the classroom
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Reasons I love this book: This heartwarming story emphasizes the spirit of generosity, community, and gratitude. The captivating illustrations and vibrant colors make this book engaging for young readers.

Synopsis: Omu is cooking a delicious stew for dinner when the enticing aroma attracts the attention of the entire community.

Reasons I love this book: Through humor and relatable characters, this book explores family dynamics and the importance of togetherness.

Synopsis: Gavin and his cousin Rhonda are determined to escape the dreaded annual Thanksgiving family gathering. This fun-filled adventure will have your students on the edge of their seats, as they witness the duo's comical attempts to outwit their relatives.

Thanksgiving books for the classroom
Not This Turkey! by Jessica Steinberg
Reasons I love this book: This book takes your students on a hilarious adventure while exploring themes of self-acceptance, friendship, and celebrating our differences.

Synopsis: Mel and his family are Jewish immigrants and have never celebrated Thanksgiving. His family begins new holiday traditions after his father wins a Thanksgiving raffle and ends up bringing a live turkey home on the New York subway. 

Thanksgiving books for children

Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf
Reasons I love this book: This story beautifully portrays the essence of community, nature, and the value of coming together. 

Synopsis: Based on a true story, this book follows a family's annual Thanksgiving tradition of celebrating in the woods with their friends and neighbors.

November books for elementary students
Reasons I love this book: This lovely story illustrates the importance of family, being thankful and most importantly love.

Synopsis: This book tells a story of a family of turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving. The story is relatable as it describes how they get ready to celebrate the holiday from cleaning the house to the craziness of their extended family's arrival.

Gratitude and giving thanks book
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Reasons I love this book: This heartwarming story explores the importance of gratitude, generosity, and the joy of friendship.

Synopsis: Bear is lonely and wants to invite his friends over for a meal, but realizes he has nothing to give them. His friends surprise him in a beautiful way with their generosity.

These ten Thanksgiving read aloud books are sure to captivate and engage your young students. Through these stories, your students will learn about gratitude, friendship, problem-solving, diversity, and the joy of giving. So gather your students around, open up these books, and let the Thanksgiving magic begin!


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