Terrific Turkey Books

Turkey Day is almost here! As the weather turns colder and we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to gather a list of fun turkey themed books to inspire our learning this month. There are lots of fun turkey books for all ages, so I hope you find some new ones to explore on here!

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Turkey Board Books for Little Hands

I Love to Gobble You Up by Sandra Magsamen is a sweet board book with soft turkey feathers attached, making it perfect for tiny hands. The sweet message makes this a fun and festive book to share with your littlest readers this Thanksgiving.

Where is Baby’s Turkey? by Karen Katz is a fun lift-the-flap board book that follows Baby while she searches for her turkey. She finds lots of symbols of Thanksgiving along the way. This book gives very young children an introduction to some of the sights and symbols of the holiday.


Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon is a fun fabric tabbed board book which encourages kids to count down from five to one. The funny antics of the turkeys will have kids laughing while they practice counting.


This Little Turkey was written by Aly Fronis and illustrated by Migy Blanco. This fun twist on the classic “This Little Piggy” rhyme shows lots of little turkeys while they prepare for Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey Picture Books to Share as a Family

Turkey Trouble was written by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper. Follow Turkey as he tries to disguise himself as different animals while trying to avoid the Farmer. Kids will enjoy the funny attempts made by the turkey. Check out the fun activities I have paired with this book to extend the learning fun!


Turkey Claus was also written by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper. In the sequel to Turkey Trouble, Turkey has made it through Thanksgiving, but needs to find a way to not become Christmas dinner! Can he convince Santa to help him? The hilarious and creative Turkey will keep kids laughing into the Christmas season. (Also check out Turkey Trick or Treat, another addition to the series, which sees Turkey coming up with creative costumes to try to get some of the Halloween treats the Farmer is giving out!).

Practice counting with these fun turkeys!


10 Fat Turkeys was written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Rich Deas. This fun counting book helps kids count down from 10 while they giggle along with a group of silly turkeys. The silly rhymes and colorful illustrations will keep kids laughing while they practice counting.


The Very Stuffed Turkey was written by Katherine Kenah and illustrated by Binny Talib. This sweet and funny story follows a very popular Turkey as he goes to Thanksgiving dinner at the homes of 5 different friends. Will he be able to eat all that delicious food without bursting?


A Turkey for Thanksgiving was written by Eve Bunting and illustrated  by Diane de Groat. While Mr. and Mrs. Moose are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner, she decides that she wants a real turkey at their table. When Mr. Moose finds Turkey, he is frightened because he doesn’t realize they want him at their table, not on it! A fun story about friendship and misunderstandings.


A Plump and Perky Turkey was written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Jeff Shelly. This fun story introduces readers to a group of townspeople who plan to trick a vain turkey into becoming their Thanksgiving dinner. They decide to host a turkey themed art show, but will Peter the Turkey take the bait? Check out the fun activities I have paired with this book for even more turkey fun!

Can you talk turkey?


Olivia Talks Turkey by Farrah McDoogle and Jared Osterhold follows Olivia the pig as she practices talking like a turkey and ends up befriending a real one! Kids will enjoy practicing their turkey noises along with Olivia, as well as the sweet ending.


The Best Thanksgiving Ever! was written by Teddy Slater and illustrated by Ethan Long. Join this colorful family of turkeys while they prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving together. The fun rhyming story is accompanied by bright and vivid illustrations showing all kinds of Thanksgiving preparations.


‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey follows a group of schoolchildren as they visit a turkey farm right before Thanksgiving. When they learn of the farmer’s plan for the turkeys, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Kids will enjoy the creative plan hatched by the children in the story, but the idea that the turkeys may be eaten may be too intense for very young kids.

Do you have any turkey books that you must read every year for Thanksgiving? Share them in the comments!

20 Comments

  • Bethany

    November 3, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

    Great list! Lots of books I hadn’t heard of before!

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • Tiffany

    November 3, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply

    Hahaha that is adorable!! I had no idea there were even so many turkey books!

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply

      Thanks! I love finding new books for Thanksgiving!

  • Adree

    November 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

    These books all look so fun. I love the “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” book. It’s one I grew up with and it brings back so many great memories.

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply

      I love sharing books with my daughter that I grew up with!

  • April@Loveourreallife

    November 3, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    I had no idea there were so many fun Thanksgiving children’s books. Great selection!!!

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm Reply

      Thank you! I love having great stories for each holiday!

  • Meg

    November 3, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever read any of these! Ten Fat Turkeys especially looks great!

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm Reply

      I hope you check them out and find some new favorites!

  • Nicole Banuelos

    November 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

    We have Where is Baby’s Turkey and love it, such a great book!

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm Reply

      I love the Karen Katz books. We are slowly gathering all the holiday books!

  • Bethany | Messy Blessed Life

    November 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

    These all look so cute and fun! I had never even thought of books to read for Thanksgiving. I’m sure my kiddos would love these! I always enjoy seeing what books you recommend!

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm Reply

      Aw, thank you so much! I hope you find some new favorites to enjoy!

  • Tabitha Blue

    November 3, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Love finding new books and these look so perfect for this month! đŸ™‚

    • Vicki

      November 3, 2017 at 10:40 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you check them out!

  • Kelly Plante

    November 4, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply

    Love Holiday books! I didn’t realize there were so many Thanksgiving books! Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki

      November 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply

      There are lots of great books for the Thanksgiving holiday! I love finding new ones every year!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    November 7, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply

    My daughter loves reading seasonal books like this. She especially loved the counting ones we did at Halloween, so I’ll need to check some of these out!

    • Vicki

      November 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them together!

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