10 Thanksgiving Writing Prompts Inspired by Children’s Literature

Great ideas inspired by great books!

Want to do a little Thanksgiving writing in your classroom this year? Look no further than some of your favorite children’s books for inspiration.

1. What kind of pie do you like best?

From Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

2. What are you thankful for?

From The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
The Thankful Book - Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

3. What do you like to do in the fall?

From I am a Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry
I am a Bunny - Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

4. What does home mean to you?

From Home by Carson Ellis
What Does Home Mean to You?

5. What are your Thanksgiving traditions?


From Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Garth Williams
What Are Your Thanksgiving Traditions?

6. What do you wish you could “hold still” about the holidays?

From All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee
What Do You Wish You Could Hold Still About the Holidays?

7. Write about Thanksgiving dinner from a different point of view.

From Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

8. How do you greet your family members if you haven’t seen them in a long time?

From The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The Relatives Came - Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

9. What are some of your favorite family recipes?

From It’s Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Marilyn Hafner
What Are Some of Your Favorite Family Recipes

10. What do you know about Thanksgiving? What don’t you know?

From Thank You, Sarah, by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Thank You Sarah -  Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

What books do you always read with your students during Thanksgiving time? What writing do you do?