Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to show your little learners what it means to be thankful. There’s no need for big events, small things work just fine. From the falling leaves, friends, family, or even a favorite piece of clothing. Let’s remind kids that being thankful starts with them.
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Thanksgiving Books for Little Learners
This book shows kids how to be thankful for the small things…. even things as simple as a smile.
Bear says thank you by making his friends a meal. What a great way to show gratitude!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!
She’s at it again! This time, the old lady swallowed a turkey, along with many other items including pumpkin pie!
Max gets to help pick out the turkey this year. Everything is going perfectly until the unexpected happens. Pick up this book to find out how Thanksgiving ends for Max and his family.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
After the old lady swallows a pie, she eats the rest of the Thanksgiving meal too! Squash, salad, everything on the table!
Turkeys can be very silly birds. They can twirl on a dance floor. And did you know that they are scared of bees? This book is full of laughs.
The silliness continues with 10 turkeys who are up to shenanigans. The rhyming words alone will make students giggle.
There are so many reasons to be thankful. From music to pets, and more. Kids will discover how to be appreciative of everything, even if it is small.
Through rhymes and gorgeous illustrations, this book highlights what everyone in your neighbor can be thankful for. From the firemen to the gardener, everyone has a reason to be grateful.
As a little girl runs an errand for her family, she shows thanksgiving to all of the things in her life, all the way down to her warm boots.
Through a craft project, Bear expresses his gratitude! This book shows students how they can show their thankfulness with the help of art.
Thanksgiving with Llama Llama is full of gratitude. There is also some yummy pumpkin pie and big piles of leaves to tackle.
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks
Celebrate family, friends, and delicious food with this book that is full of great expectations for Thanksgiving day.
Little Critter becomes a bit jealous of a friend when he finds out that he has everything Critter wants. But he soon discovers that things are just that, things. What really matters is his family.
Another great Critter book that is centered around gratitude. There is a great idea in this book that has to do with a grateful rock. It is perfect for young kids.
This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving books. It holds one grand piece of advice, to gain a thankful heart, focus on things that make us happy instead of things that don’t.
Teach your preschoolers and kindergarteners more about the Native American culture with this sweet story about a wonderful tradition. This will warm your heart and really values family and thankfulness.
Learn about the Cherokee nation and some of the ways that they show thankfulness. You will follow a tribe for one year and see a little into their traditions.
Join one young brave girl as she takes a stand against the black snake that wants to poison the water supply. Learn about Native American culture and taking care of the Earth’s important resources.
Teach your little learners about turkeys that are raised on a farm in this nonfiction text. The photographs are up close and show some really cool details about this interesting bird.
Oh no! There is a turkey loose in the school! How will the kids catch it? Your students will love seeing what silly ideas the characters have. I love to use this book as an introduction to a STEM project for making turkey traps.
Check out my favorite Thanksgiving Centers & Activities I use in my classroom for a Thanksgiving theme. Find out how you can engage your students in hands-on Thanksgiving-themed learning activities. Make learning so much fun, they don’t even realize they are doing work. Don’t forget to grab your FREE Thankful Placemat too!
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