Teaching a child the importance of giving back is important to any mom. But it’s not always an easy message to get across — especially to younger kids. So, this Thanksgiving, cozy up with your kiddos and read a few great books that teach kids about being thankful.

My First Thanksgiving cover

My First Thanksgiving
by Tomie de Paola

Recommended^1-5 years

From the pilgrims and the Indians to making a feast with our own family in our kitchen today, this board book offers an easy to understand explanation of the tradition of Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit cover

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

2-5 years

A little girl teaches Biscuit the dog about Thanksgiving. She teaches him that it's a time to give, to celebrate, to eat, to share and to be thankful. As you read the book, children will love the flaps they can lift to reveal Biscuits funny antics.

The Thankful Book

The Thankful Book
by Todd Parr

3-6 years

This book is a wonderful message for children (and adults!). Simply, it reminds children of all the little things they can be thankful for — like music, because it allows us to dance and kisses because they make us feel love. With vibrant pictures and important messages, your child will love reading this book about the importance of feeling thankful, not just during Thanksgiving, but all year long.

Curious George Says Thank you

Curious George Says Thank you
by Margret & H.A. Rey

4-8 years

In this story, George learns about the importance of saying thank you. After receiving a thank you card in the mail from a friend, he handwrites thank you cards and tries to track down the people he wants to give them to. This book even comes with two perforated Curious George thank you cards that your child can personalize and hand out.

Katie Saves Thanksgiving

Katie Saves Thanksgiving (Katie Woo)
by Fran Manushkin


Katie and her father discuss the history of Thanksgiving while waiting for their guests to arrive. Then it starts to snow heavily, the stove isn't working and a neighbor experiences some trouble of her own. Katie comes to the rescue using what she's learned about Thanksgiving! This book is great for kids just learning to read. In the back, you'll also find a glossary, writing prompts (including listing five things you're thankful for) and a recipe for Pilgrim Pride Cookies.

Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale

Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale
by Mary Jane and Herm Auch

REcommended^8-10 years

The pictures alone make this book worth the read. Mary Jane made the chicken and turkey mannequins by hand, sewed the outfits and sculpted the shoes from clay. Herm designed and built the sets from found and constructed objects. Then they photographed and scanned all the elements into the computer and scaled them to fit the pages. The hilarious story, about a beauty shop, a vain Tom turkey and a Thanksgiving dinner where Tom thinks he's an invited guest, not the main course, will have the kids laughing out loud.

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