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!