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The Best Thanksgiving Read-Aloud Books

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Inside: The Best Thanksgiving Read-Aloud Books

Thanksgiving brings to mind images of a bountiful feast featuring a beautiful roasted turkey, plates piled high with homemade dressing, a variety of yummy side dishes, and many kinds of pie.

Along the way, stories about the Mayflower and the life of the Pilgrims in Plymouth get a little lost in all of the feasting and celebrating (and seconds on pie). Consider taking some time this season to gather and read about the real-life experiences behind the holiday.

The Best Thanksgiving Read-Aloud Books

The Best Thanksgiving Read-Aloud Books

This Thanksgiving, take your children on the Pilgrims’ challenging journey across the Atlantic. Experience the sacrifices and choices made when settling the New World. Help your children understand the perseverance required to survive and to appreciate the impact of those who helped them. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those things.

On the booklist below, you’ll find picture books and chapter books to walk you through the Pilgrims’ life in England, their voyage of the Mayflower, and their real life on Plymouth Plantation.

We have also included some fun, non-Pilgrim Thanksgiving stories to enjoy year after year. These include some sweet ones, some with animals, and a true story about Thanksgiving with Butch Cassidy. It’s a fun variety!

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Pilgrim Stories
The Landing of the Pilgrims
The Thanksgiving Story
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims
Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times
On The Mayflower
The Pilgrims of Plimoth
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving
Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
Mary Of Plymouth: A Story of the Pilgrim Settlement
Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story
A Turkey for Thanksgiving
An Outlaw Thanksgiving
The Story of the Pilgrims
The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving
Three Young Pilgrims
The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune
Pilgrim Cat
Over the River and Through the Wood
Thanksgiving Is Here!
If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims
Thanksgiving in the Woods
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
Cranberry Thanksgiving
Give Thanks to the Lord
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday
Thanksgiving Is . . .
Thanks for Thanksgiving
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

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