Spotlight on Thanksgiving Books
A wide variety of books to help celebrate the season.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
A selection of List Exchange Book Lists created by teachers, reading experts, and Scholastic editors. Book Lists are an excellent classroom tool that helps you save time, learn from people in your field, and get students excited about reading. Send Book Lists home, copy and modify them to suit your needs, and share your own creations with others!
Thanksgiving (Grades 1 – 5)
Readingrockets.org recommends books for kids ages 0-9 that celebrate sharing, community, and family. Read these stories to the children in your life to help them see what the spirit of Thanksgiving is really all about. Selected by the literacy advocates at Reading Rockets.
Books include: Feeling Thankful (Shelley Rotner), How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story (Eve Bunting), and The Squirrels' Thanksgiving (Steven Kroll).
November, Thanksgiving, Native Americans (Grades K – 2)
Some wonderful titles for PreK students with a wide range of affordability. Book List created by a Scholastic List Exchange user.
Books include: Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale (Gerald McDermott), Corduroy's Thanksgiving (Don Freeman), and I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Alison Jackson).
Thanksgiving with Favorite Characters (Grades K – 4)
Celebrate Thanksgiving with contemporary stories starring readers' favorite characters. Book List created by Scholastic Books & Authors Editor Gabrielle Balkan.
Books include: Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey (Herman Parish), Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit (Norman Bridwell), and The Thanksgiving Day from the Black Lagoon (Mike Thaler).
Thanksgiving Recomended Books (Grades K – 8)
Use these books to teach Thanksgiving. Also try our free, multimedia online activity, The First Thanksgiving. Book List created by Scholastic Books & Authors Editors.
Books include: 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (Catherine O'Neill Grace), Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast (Kate Waters), and If You Sailed on the Mayflower (Ann McGovern).
Explore The First Thanksgiving Activity Collection for more excellent classroom ideas.