Thanksgiving History and Food Books

This list of Thanksgiving picture books and juvenile fiction titles focus on history and food — along with family, the most important parts of the holiday for those who celebrate. These books are perfect for sharing with kids, siblings, caregivers–in person or over Zoom! And best of all, they’re all available at MCPL, for pick-up with Holds-to-Go.

Thanksgiving Books About Food

Food, Rilla Alexander

Don’t Eat Too Much Turkey!, Miriam Cohen

Time for Cranberries, Lisl Detlefsen

Cranberry Thanksgiving, Wende Devlin

Alligator Arrived With Apples, Crescent Dragonwagon

Applesauce Season, Eden Lipson

Gobble, Gobble, Tucker!, Leslie McGuirk

Sharing the Bread: an Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story, Pat Miller

Let’s Eat!=!A Comer!, Pat Mora

Bee Bim Bop!, Linda Sue Park

Mangia! Mangia! Amy Sanger

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’, Eileen Spinelli

I Am the Turkey, Michele Sobel Spirn

Potluck, Anne Shelby

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?, Jane Yolen

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, Kat Zhang


Happy Thanksgiving Rebus, David A. Adler

Thanksgiving Day Gail Gibbons

The Very First Thanksgiving Day Rhonda Gowler Greene

An Outlaw Thanksgiving Emily Arnold McCully

Thanksgiving Miriam Nerlove

Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday, Mike Allegra

Thank You Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, Laurie Halse Anderson

The Story of Thanksgiving, Robert Merrill Bartlett

Thanksgiving: The True Story, Penny Colman

P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet, Carol Crane

Thanksgiving, Meredith Dash

We Celebrate Thanksgiving in Fall, Rebecca Felix

The First Thanksgiving, Jean Craighead George ,

Thanksgiving Is, Gail Gibbons

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, Catherine O’Neill Grace

The First Thanksgiving, Linda Hayward

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family and Counting Blessings, Deborah Heiligman

Thanksgiving, Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving, Patrick Lewis

Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving, Peter Roop

The First Thanksgiving, Andrew Santella

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast, Kate Waters