Five Thanksgiving Chapter Books


With Thanksgiving days away and many children home for the week, you might be wondering how to fill those extra hours. How about you fill that time with meaningful literature that excites your kiddos even more for the holiday! Done, done, and done. Below are five chapter book suggestions for those adorable early readers in your life.


Pssst…there may be a bonus book at the end. Just sayin’.


Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)

Does anyone else adore Junie B. Jones’ honesty? Well, I do, and she has quite the flare for drama. Something as simple as a pie contest becomes near disaster after near disaster.

This is a fun read for Thanksgiving break.


Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody and Stink: The Wishbone Wish

This story has a turkey trot and a festival. Who doesn’t want to win the big prize: a giant, juicy turkey!

You’ll find humor and delicious food descriptions within the pages of this Thanksgiving book!


Herman Parish’s Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey

This is my kinda chapter book by the title alone. I love plays in this genre. They are almost always hilarious and totally relatable.


Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Treehouse: Thanksgiving on Thursday

This book is a really cool glimpse into the first Thanksgiving. Kids will be amazed at the differences between the first feast and their own.


Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Thanksgiving Thief

Carolyn Keene had me at “turkeys are running loose”. I love a good mystery with wild occurrences, and I think kids will too.



Bonus book:


An extra book suggestion? Absolutely!


Marjorie Weinman Sharmat’s Nate the Great Talks Turkey

A giant turkey wreaks havoc in a supermarket parking lot before disappearing. This is where Nate’s mystery begins. Like I stated, I enjoy a good mystery—especially in this genre, but a havoc-wreaking turkey? I’ll take two.




If you have another suggestion, go for it in the comments.


Happy reading! Happy Thanksgiving!







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