Free Thanksgiving-Themed Read-Alouds and Audio Dramas

If you’re running behind this Thanksgiving and haven’t had a chance to pick up some enduring Thanksgiving books from your library, I’ve compiled a menu of engaging stories that you can listen to online for free! 

Carefully chosen for content, sound quality, and presentation, these selections offer a variety of stories for all ages: picture books for younger listeners and audio dramas for older listeners.  

I hope you enjoy this collection of some of our favorites!

Read-Alouds

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin 

YouTube Channel: Sundry Stories

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Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Narness

YouTube Channel: Bookworm Bonny

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Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas

YouTube Channel: CupitFamily

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The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern

YouTube Channel: Bookworm Bonny

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In November by Cynthia Rylant

YouTube Channel: StoryTime at Awnie’s House

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Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock

YouTube Channel: Once Upon a Story

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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

YouTube Channel: Caroline Schaab

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BONUS!  Get a FREE activity kit for Balloons Over Broadway.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson

YouTube Channel: Michelle Mitchell

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Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child

YouTube Channel: Little Readers

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Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ by Eileen Spinelli

YouTube Channel: ReadToMeDad

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A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

YouTube Channel: Toadstools and Fairy Dust

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Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry

YouTube Channel: The Joyful Bookshelf

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Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

YouTube Channel: Stories That Build Character and More

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Priscilla Alden and The First Thanksgiving by Alice Benjamin Boynton

YouTube Channel: Katie’s Bookshelf

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Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters

YouTube Channel: KatFangz

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Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters

YouTube Channel: Rebekah Wall

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Tapenum’s Day by Kate Waters

YouTube Channel: Rebekah Wall

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Old Time Radio

Older listeners can enjoy these Old Time Radio broadcasts featuring dramatized versions of Thanksgiving history. (These broadcasts aired between the 30s – 50s and reflect that in sound quality.)

Cavalcade of America: The Path of Praise chronicles the history of Thanksgiving from Washington to Lincoln.

YouTube Channel: Old Time Radio Researchers

Cavalcade of America: No Turning Back features two dramatizations: The Return of the Mayflower tells the story of the Pilgrims’ decision to stay in the New World despite the hardships. A second feature, The Grasshopper Plague, recounts the story of a farming family in 1931 North Dakota as they battle a plague of grasshoppers. 

YouTube Channel: A Past in a Room

Cavalcade of America: Tisquantum, Strange Friend of the Pilgrims presents the story of Tisquantum (more commonly known as Squanto), who taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World.

YouTube Channel: Old Time Radio Researchers

Cavalcade of America: Us Pilgrims gives a glimpse of the Pilgrim Fathers through the eyes of a modern-day (1940s) immigrant.

YouTube Channel: Old Time Radio Researchers

Cavalcade of America: Stepping Stones relates the story of the Pilgrims who signed America’s first charter of civil rights, The Mayflower Compact

YouTube Channel: Old Time Radio Researchers

You Are There: The Sailing of the Mayflower captures this historic event and dramatizes it as “live” radio coverage. 

YouTube Channel: A Past in a Room

Free Online Audiobooks

Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey (published in 1912)

YouTube Channel: Kadir Aydin

(Read the book for free here.)

Stories of the Pilgrims is long, so if you merely want one chapter from the book, archive.org features The First Thanksgiving.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott (full-cast audio)

YouTube Channel: SuperUtils Software

Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember by Barbara Rainey

YouTube Channel: countryboydonald

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Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends!

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