During the month of November, we often talk about what we are thankful for. And it’s so good to count our blessings, but it’s also very important to talk to our children about Who we are thankful to for all of these blessings!
I thought it would be really fun to share with you some of our favorite children’s books that can help our kids reflect an attitude of thanksgiving and put the focus on God, reinforcing the reason behind why we can be thankful!
There are book recommendations for young children up to preteens (our four kids range in age from 3 up to 11) that teach the historical account of what would later be known as the first Thanksgiving as well as reminding them of the many things God has done for us!
9 Thanksgiving Books that Keep Your Kids Focused on God
God Gave Us Thankful Hearts
A sweet book great for toddlers and young preschoolers.
The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful
A sweet book for older toddlers and preschoolers (who will probably understand the point of the story a bit better)
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
Who doesn’t like the Berenstain Bears! My 5 year old loves this book!
Thank You, God: A Lift-the-Flap Book (From Kids Around The World)
I have not read this book but it looks sweet and a different take on thankfulness from the perspective of kids in many different countries!
Mary’s First Thanksgiving: An Inspirational Story of Gratefulness
We just discovered this book this year! I really like the reminders of thankfulness based on events of the first Thanksgiving. You can easily do a fun activity with this book and the kernels of corn mentioned in the story in your own home!
I Will Rejoice by Karma Wilson
Based on Psalm 118:24, I Will Rejoice is by one of my favorite children’s book authors. The book talks about appreciating the simple, everyday things we do. A fun book for my preschooler that encourages Scripture learning too!
The Fantastic Gifts of Fall by Dandi Mackall
We found this book just recently and wow do we like it! Even my 9 year old listened in ;) The book covers different things and events that center around fall and ends with a transition into winter. It includes a lot of Scripture references along with rhyming lines, like most of Dandi Mackall’s books, which I love. This book is part of the Seasons Series.
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas
I would recommend this book for children who are 7 and older, it is a bit of a sobering story but is a very interesting retelling of the upbringing and life of Squanto.
Thanksgiving on Thursday – Magic Treehouse – Mary Pope Osborne
AND Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday
The Magic Treehouse book is not marketed as a Christian book, but it was a good story, especially when combined with the nonfiction companion. I really appreciated how Mary Pope Osborne told the history of the Pilgrims’ journey in all its truth and didn’t leave out the WHY of their departure from England (wanting to worship God without fear of government restrictions). Great for ages 6 and up.
What faith-based Thanksgiving books do you like to read with your children? I’d love some new ideas so feel free to share in the comments!
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