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Monday, October 14, 2019

Top 20 Best Selling Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Do you set up a Thanksgiving reading center in your classroom?

Here are some ideas for a younger classroom that could be modified to meet older students' needs.

Here a some super cool classroom reading nook ideas. They aren't Thanksgiving but could be easily modified with some simple decorations.


 for Thanksgiving classroom decorations.


So now that we've discussed a Thanksgiving reading nook and some possible ways to decorate it, let's look at all the best-selling and/or best-reviewed Thanksgiving books for kids on Amazon. (affiliate links of which I earn a very small commission. My hope is that it saves you time in searching for your classroom resources!)

1. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

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"Stuffed with clever wordplay, groanable puns, and easy-to-ham-it-up animal sounds, the chuckle-inducing narrative makes a crowd-pleasing read-aloud. Turkey's getups are exuberantly silly and the animals' sardonic facial expressions are sublime." -School Library Journal

2. Thanks from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Perfect for Thanksgiving or any day of the year, this charming book of pictures is the colorful way to tell loved ones "thanks!" Featuring art from the World of Eric Carle

3. Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet

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“It’s a history lesson, inventor's sketchbook, and inspirational story all rolled into one marvelous mixed-media masterpiece. Sweet's beautifully rendered true-life tale will have your child's imagination soaring to new heights!”—

4. 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

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This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards.

5. The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

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Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.

6. Junie B. Jones #28: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten by Barbara Park

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Room One is getting ready for their very own Thanksgiving feast! There’s even a contest to see which room can write the best thankful list.

7. Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! by Margaret Sutherland 

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Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.

8. Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

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Rebecca Estelle has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl when pumpkins were often the only food her family had. 

9. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

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And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey!

10. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean

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Starring in your school’s Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous, including Pete the Cat! But the show must go on….

11. 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

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On the night before Thanksgiving, a group of children visit a turkey farm and meet Farmer Mack Nuggett and his coop of cockerels: Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, and Groucho. The children and turkeys giggle and gobble, and everything is gravy.

12. A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

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Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him...

13. Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin

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Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. "Ask someone poor or lonely," she always said.

14. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Daphne Pendergrass

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this retelling of the beloved Thanksgiving TV special!

15. Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

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Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin?

16. Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon

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Toddlers will love the silly Thanksgiving turkeys in this fun counting book full of silly turkeys doing very silly things!  

17. Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney

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With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories.

18. The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

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Todd Parr's bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, all with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity. Now, The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for.

19. What's for Thanksgiving Dinner? by Sally Huss

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A duck, a goose and a turkey have different ideas about the menu. Each chases the other until they decide that it might be a nice idea to celebrate together.

20. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! by Lucille Colandro

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You won't believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty!

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