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Children’s Books for Fall and Thanksgiving

Children’s Books for Fall and Thanksgiving

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With the fall season in full swing, I am sharing some of my favorite children’s books for fall and Thanksgiving.

Because we live in South Florida, we don’t experience the falling leaves, visits to the apple orchard, or colorful landscapes that the season brings in some other parts of our country.

I try introducing my little ones to as many seasonal books as possible.

Through these books, we learn about life on the cranberry bogs of New England, the cinnamon plantations of Sri Lanka, and so much more. Here are a few of our favorites.

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Marjorie Priceman leads readers around the globe to gather all the ingredients needed to make an apple pie in How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.

With apples being harvested in the fall and apple pie being a favorite fall dessert, How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World is the perfect children’s book for fall.

If you’re interested in activities, crafts, and an apple pie recipe to accompany this story, check out this post.

Cranberry Thanksgiving

Cranberry Thanksgiving is by far the most notable of a series of Cranberry Port books written by the Devlins in the seventies. The story involves a cranberry bog, a secret family recipe, and a silly plot that your children will love.

While reading this to my children, the story struck conversations about judging others based on appearance, as Grandma doesn’t trust Mr. Whiskers because he looks unkempt.

This story will have your little ones in suspense.

Cranberry Thanksgiving presents a who-done-it when Thanksgiving dinner is threatened after someone steals grandma’s cranberry bread recipe.

The Story of the Pilgrims

A great book to read to children, The Story of the Pilgrims, answers the question of why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Too Many Pumpkins

Linda White’s Too Many Pumpkins tells the story of an old lady named Rebecca Estelle. Because of food scarcity during the great depression in which she lived, Rebecca ate too many pumpkins as a child.

As a result, Rebecca hates pumpkins! Readers will see how Rebecca Estelle’s attitude toward pumpkins changes after one day, a truck loaded with pumpkins drives by.

One luscious pumpkin falls off, splattering into her yard.

The seeds from the spattered pumpkin eventually make a sea of pumpkins throughout her yard—a timeless story with a truly satisfying ending.

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh features rhymed text and detailed illustrations. It is a classic and childhood favorite for many.

In addition to being a delightful book, it is also a great way to introduce children to many different topics.

The story of Johnny Chapman, life in the Midwest, Native Americans, fall, and apple harvesting are a few examples.

Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn

 Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn is a sweet story of noting the changes the fall season brings.


Perfect for young children, Leaves by David Ezra Stein tells the story of a little bear experiencing the wonder of autumn for the first time.

Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims

Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla is a great children’s book for fall and Thanksgiving.

The Pumpkin Runner 

The Pumpkin Runner is based on the real story of Mr. Cliff Young, a sheep farmer who ran long distances. 

The illustrations in The Pumpkin Runner are beautiful and vibrant, bringing the story to life in a delightful way.

It’s a very inspiring book that teaches children the importance of hard work, determination, and community.

The Pilgrims of Plimoth

The Pilgrims of Plimoth recreates pilgrims coming to the New World and shows how their faith was interwoven into their daily lives.

If you found this list of children’s books for fall and Thanksgiving helpful, go HERE to check out more of my favorite children’s books.

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