Little Tom Turkey by Frances Bloxam.
This is a wonderful rhyming picture book that describes the life of a wild turkey. Young turkeys, called poults, leave the nest right after hatching. They follow their mother the hen who shows them how to scratch for food. They learn how to fly and there is a suspenseful scene as they escape from a fox. The illustrations depict the beautiful colors of wild turkeys and their natural habitat and predators. Following the story are questions and answers about wild turkeys including where they live, eat, sleep and the difference between wild turkeys and farm turkeys. There is also an illustration of a full grown male turkey, called a gobbler or tom, labeled with the body parts.
All About Turkeys by Jim Arnosky
The wild turkey is a uniquely American animal. With his clear, informative text and derailed watercolors, Arnosky explores the turkey’s life cycle, habitat, and behavior with an immediacy kids love.
Wild Turkeys by Dorothy Patent Hinshaw is a nonfiction book for children with easy to read facts.
Gobble-Gobble Crash!: A Barnyard Counting Bash by Julie Stiegemeyer is a fun read. The preschoolers enjoyed counting all the barnyard animals, saying, “Gobble, Gobble, Crash!” and finding the hidden turkeys later in the story.
I Want Your Moo: a story for children about self-esteem by Marcella Bakur Weiner. Lots of fun animal sounds as a turkey named Toodles goes from farm animal to farm animal asking if she can have their “moo,” “baa,” “neigh,” etc.
Wild turkey facts:
A variety of turkey sounds including gobbles, cackles, purrs and hissing can be heard here.