Favorite Thanksgiving Books and Resources

                  I love the holiday of Thanksgiving!

It’s a great family holiday and a great time to focus on something we should be doing every day of the year – Practicing gratitude.

I have written several posts about Thanksgiving books and activities and resources, but I wanted to write a fresh one because I’ve found some new things.

I made this document called Fun Ways to Homeschool through the Holidays in November last year that you can download and print out if you haven’t already.

And now for my favorite Thanksgiving Books and Resources:

               Favorite Books
     Picture Books
  1. Mousekin’s Thanksgiving – Edna Miller – look for this at a used bookstore – very expensive on Amazon!
  2. Cranberry Thanksgiving – Wende and Harry Devlin
  3. Thelonius Turkey Lives – Lynn Rowe Reed
  4. Thanksgiving Day at Our House – Nancy White Carlstrom
  5. It’s Thanksgiving – Jack Prelutsky
  6. The Relatives Came – Cynthia Rylant
  7. Boxes for Katje – Candace Fleming
  8. Thank You, Sarah – Laurie Halse Anderson
  9. Thanksgiving Mice – Bethany Roberts
  10. Thanksgiving Rules – Laurie Friedman
  11. Thanksgiving Treat – Catherine Stock
  12. Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks – Margaret Sutherland
  13. The Story of the Pilgrims – Katharine Ross
  14. The Thanksgiving Story – Alice Dalgliesh
  15. A Turkey for Thanksgiving – Eve Bunting
  16. In November – Cynthia Rylant
  17. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving – Louisa May Alcott illus. by James Bernardin
  18. Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving – Eric Metaxas
  19. Three Young Pilgrims – Cheryl Harness
  20. Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims – Clyde Robert Bulla
  21. BOOKS for Older Kids

1. Farmer Boy – Laura Ingalls Wilder

2. Thanksgiving: Heart-warming Stories for Children – with authors like Louisa May Alcott and Lucy Maud Montgomery


Good History Series for Independent Reading or Read Aloud


  1. Dear America – A Journey to the New World – Remember Patience Whipple 

2. My Name is America 

3.Young American Voices

4. American Girls Series

5. Rush Revere – Rush Limbaugh

6. Gilbert Morris Series – The House of Winslow and The Appomattox Saga

7. Heroes of History – Published by YWAM

8.Childhood of Famous Americans 

9. Between Two Flags – Lee Roddy

10. The Christian Heritage Series – Focus on the Family, Nancy N. Rue

11. Trailblazers – Dave and Neta Jackson

12. The American Adventure Series – Teri Ann Berg Olsen –

Great article about this series 

13. Reel Kids Adventures – Dave Gustaveson

14. G.A. Henty

15. Hero Tales – Dave Jackson


Books about Gratitude


  1. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco – 5-9 years old
  2. My First Gratitude Journal by Creative Journals for Kids – 5-9
  3. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts 5-8
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – YA
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – YA
  6. The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor – 7-10
  7. The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera – 4-8
  8. What is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack – 6-8
  9. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli – 2-6
  10. White Bird by R.J. Palacio – 8-12 – A holocaust graphic novel
  11. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming – 4-8
  12. The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Thomas Locker – 4-8 
  13. An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott
  14. Thankful by Elaine Vickers – 4-8
  15. Sincerely Emerson by Emerson Weber 4-8
  16. The Things I’m Grateful For by Arnie Lightning – 4-9 – Activities
Christian Books about Gratitude
  1. The Blessings Jar by Colleen Coble – 2-5
  2. I will Rejoice by Karma Wilson – 4-8
  3. Ronnie Wilson’s Gift by Francis Chan – 4-8
  4. I’m Thankful Each Day by P.K. Hallinan – 2-5
  5. The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado – 3-9
  6. Glory by Nancy White Carlstrom – 5-8
  7. Growing Grateful: Live Happy, Peaceful and Contented by Mary Kassian – Devotional for Mom
  8. Gratitude and Listening Prayer Journal by Penney Douglas – High School and up


Videos for Thanksgiving and American History


  1. Little House on the Prairie TV episode “Thanksgiving – A Harvest of Friends”


2. Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn


3. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving


4. Garfield’s Thanksgiving


5. Thanksgiving for Kids


6. The Thanksgiving that Almost Wasn’t (1970)


7. History of Thanksgiving for Kids


8. Liberty’s Kids


9. Drive Thru History


10. The REAL story of Thanksgiving – Rush Limbaugh (for older kids)

Historical Roots of Thanksgiving


Wallbuilders.com has lots of good historical documents like this one:


Thanksgiving Proclamation of the Continental Congress 1777

This is the text of the Continental Congress’ November 1, 1777 national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation; as printed in the Journals of Congress.


Poetry Tea Time


Organized Homeschooler


Nurtured Roots


Hide the Chocolate




Thanksgiving Unit Studies


Faith and Good Works


The Homeschool Mom


Freedom Homeschooling


Meet Penny.com


Amanda Bennett Thanksgiving Unit Study


White House Holidays – Thanksgiving


As We Walk Along the Road


Pete the Cat Thanksgiving Lesson Plan


Monthly Activity Pack for November by 1+1+1=1


Thanksgiving Bible Activity Pack by The Crafty Classroom



Thanksgiving Notebook Pages from A Journey Through Learning


Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages from Productive Homeschooling (FREE)


Thanksgiving and Fall Notebook and Copywork Pages from Heritage Grove Academy


Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages and more from Notebooking Nook (FREE)














Other Activities


Fun Things for Kids to do on Thanksgiving

Gratitude Journals


Benefits of Gratitude Journals


  • Boost happiness
  • Gain experience – kindness challenges, memory-making
  • Enhance perspective
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Improve overall health


WriteShop.com – Gratitude Journal for Kids


NotConsumed.com – Gratitude Printable Pack


KoriClark.com – Gratitude Journal – Beautiful Design


Gratitude and Listening Prayer Journal by Penney Douglas – High School and up


Gratitude Journals on Amazon – 3 Min. Journals, 5 Min. Journals, Girls’ Gratitude Journals, Kids’ Gratitude Journals


Make a Gratitude Tree


Learn and Live Letter


Make Your Own Gratitude Tree


                     I hope this list helps you to celebrate the best Thanksgiving you’ve ever had!

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