Top 10 November Books for Preschoolers plus 10 bonus activity ideas

I am always looking for new books to add to my storytime events and to read at home. I have read some of these books so far and have been a total win for my classes. I found some additional top recommendations from teachers and I thought you might like them too to check them out at the library or like me, add them to your permanent book collection.

This post is all about November books for preschoolers recommended by teachers

with Bonus Book Activity Ideas

November books for preschoolers

The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming

“The Leaf Thief” is a captivating children’s book that is a funny picture book that teaches kids about autumn, adapting to change, and the seasons. Squirrel loves counting the leaves on his tree―red leaves, gold leaves, orange, and more. But hold on! One of his leaves is missing! As he takes on an adventure to find the thief he learns is the wind. It’s a great book and a favorite for my storytime class!

Activity idea for the leaf thief

For this book, we had a bucket of leaves and played blowing them out with our mouths. We let the wind move them around and we played to toss them and guess which color leaf would fall first. A simple game like that worked on movement, and predictions, and kept the kids engaged for a long time.

10 fat turkeys by Tony Johnston

“10 Fat Turkeys” is a children’s book written by Tony Johnston. Teachers love this book because it is an entertaining and engaging story that combines counting with silly antics. It follows the journey of ten turkeys as they engage in various fun and mischievous activities.

The playful rhymes and vibrant illustrations capture the attention of young readers, making it an excellent choice for teaching numbers and promoting early math skills. The humor and repetitive nature of the story also make it a favorite among preschoolers, keeping them entertained while learning.

Activity Idea for 10 fat turkeys

We love to pair this book with my favorite Turkey song! The Turkey Hop! (available on Spotify) It’s a must-have in my circle time this month.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

“The Thankful Book” by Todd Parr:
Teachers recommend this book because it encourages gratitude and helps children reflect on the things they are thankful for.
It promotes positive thinking and appreciation for the little things in life.

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

This heartwarming story teaches children about friendship and gratitude. It emphasizes the importance of saying thanks and sharing with others, making it a perfect choice for the Thanksgiving season.

Activity Idea for Bear Says Thanks

We recently created a thankful tree activity to do at home that you can print and fill out together as well. It is important to teach kids to be thankful.

The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty and Kirsten Richards

Teachers recommend this book as it introduces children to the concept of Thanksgiving and the importance of embracing differences. It teaches them about being true to themselves and finding their place in the world.

Activity Idea for the Littlest Pilgrim

It’s okay to feel that we embrace what we are good at and what we are not. What we were too young to do then and what we are better now. This printable activity found online is a great activity to do with older kids. For younger kids, you can do this activity verbally to encourage conversation and language development.

  • When I was young I was too little to…

You might also like these free Thanksgiving Printable coloring pages

In November by Cynthia Rylant and Jill Kastner

This poetic book captures the essence of the autumn season and the changes that occur in nature during November. It encourages children to observe and appreciate the beauty of the world around them.

Activity Ideas for November

This book focuses on the change of seasons, our favorite way to play with that is getting outside and seeing the change of seasons. If you live in a place like us (Florida) where we don’t have a change of season, you can pair it with a seasonal sensory bin.

Recommended: How to set up a fall sensory bin {plus 13 ideas to get you inspired}

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Teachers recommend this classic winter tale as it introduces children to the concept of sequencing and prediction. It engages young readers with its captivating illustrations and teaches them about the consequences of sharing and cooperation.

Activity idea for The Mittens

We love this book! and we created an interactive game to go along with it to make our own printable mitten patterns. 6 Patterns available to work on for beginner preschoolers learning patterns all the way to more advanced patterns.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

This beloved classic follows a young boy’s adventures on a snowy day. Teachers recommend it for its beautiful illustrations and its ability to capture the joy and wonder of playing in the snow.

Activity idea for The Snowy Day

The easiest activity idea for this book is to actually go out and play with the snow. If you (like me, live in a place where snow doesn’t fall) you can make DIY snow and make a snow sensory bin.

You can buy instant snow, where you just add water and it expands

or make this 2 ingredients homemade snow for kids

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

This heartwarming story promotes self-acceptance, perseverance, and the power of believing in oneself. It is not a typical “fall book” but it is a loved one by many and the teachers love the message for this time of the month. Teachers recommend it for its positive message and vibrant illustrations.

Giraffes Can’t Dance Activity Idea

Make music shakers with this free printable from

“The Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert

Teachers love this book because it provides a unique and imaginative approach to storytelling. The book’s illustrations are made from real leaves and have a visually captivating effect on young readers.

The Leaf Man” sparks children’s creativity and encourages them to observe and appreciate nature. Teachers appreciate how the book introduces the concept of leaf shapes and inspires discussions on different types of leaves and the animals that they might resemble.

Activity Ideas for The Leaf Man

ugh! So I wish I had trees that shed trees because I could this this activity over and over again! Getting creative making little leaves people like shared on this Pinterest activity board.

But for those who don’t have that beautiful access to fall leaves, my idea is simple… Scissors, leaves, sticky paper, or glue – you can do this any time of the year! Get the kids to make their own designs! I made them a cutout of a butterfly on a paper plate and added sticky paper in the back. We went on a walk and they collected all types of leaves, some even got little pine cones. The sticky paper didn’t work much on some of the wet foliage so we added some color glue to our design.

These top 10 preschool books recommended by teachers for the month of November cover a range of themes, from gratitude and friendship to the beauty of nature and the joy of learning.

Each book offers valuable lessons and engages young readers through captivating illustrations and interactive storytelling. By incorporating these books into your reading routine, you can create a meaningful and enjoyable learning experience for your preschooler.

This post was all about November books for preschoolers recommended by teachers with the added bonus of some activity ideas for each book.

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