Thankful for Fantastic November Books

Last month I shared with you some of our favorite fall and Halloween titles. I like most of them pretty well.

Favorite November Kids BooksNow this month, this month is different. I love, love, love the November books. Heavy on turkey, Pilgrims, and gratitude, these are my favorite books of the entire year. Check them out:

Thanksgiving is Here is a delightful holiday romp set in the early- to mid-part of last century. Everyone is going to Grandma and Grandpa’s for Thanksgiving and there is lots of work to be done. The story is told in a wonderful rhythm with sound effects. This is one of Olivia’s favorites. In fact there have been years when we have continued reading this one well past the season.

This First Thanksgiving Day is a counting book about the Native American and Pilgrim children. Illustrations and rhyming words combine to tell of life in the times of the first Thanksgiving. A fun introduction of the time period for little ones who are too wiggly for longer retellings.

Goody O’Grumpity is baking a cake and all of the children of the village are coming to lick the bowl. This story gives a glimpse of early American life and weaves in wonderful images to tell the story.


The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving is a good retelling of the first Thanksgiving story for the 4-7 year old crowd. Solid and interesting.

This is the Turkey is another favorite of Olivia’s. Rhyming text tells of a family’s Thanksgiving feast preparations when near-catastrophe reminds everyone of what the season is really all about.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving is a hilarious misunderstanding that never fails to elicit giggles. The turkey’s expressions are the highlight of the book.

Thanks for Thanksgiving is my favorite of the lot. I love the art and the gentle rhyme of this book. We should always be thankful for all of the big things, but this book reminds us to be thankful for the everyday, little things as well.

Give Thanks to the Lord is by Karma Wilson (of Bear fame — also delightful books). Based on Psalm 92 and full of wonderful fall colors, it is a beautiful reminder that all good blessings come from God.

What are your favorites for November? Check out more of our favorite reading resources on our Raising Lifelong Readers page.

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  • Jen says:

    Thank you! You just saved me so much research time!

    • Pam says:

      So glad to be of help. I just love these books!

  • Mel says:

    Thank you for these wonderful recommendations!!

  • Sarah says:

    Cranberry Thanksgiving, by Devlin is one of our favorites. It never gets packed away!

    Thanks for these suggestions! My wish list has been stocked.

  • Amy says:

    Yay, thanks for this list! And my library even carries many of the titles! 🙂

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