Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and it’s the perfect time to start teaching your little ones about gratitude and being thankful. We’re big on sending Thank You Notes at our house, but one of the best ways I have found to teach this concept is by reading books about thankfulness. Here is a collection of the 10 of my favorite books about gratitude. I’ve provided a link to purchase them, but these are all available at your local library for free.
A great story about learning to be grateful for what you have at the time. The Giving Tree is a tender story, of unconditional love between a tree and a boy, in which the tree is generous and gives of itself to help the boy whenever he is in trouble.
In One Is A Feast For Mouse a mouse becomes overly greedy as he builds up a collection of Thanksgiving leftovers. Suddenly a cat swoops in and takes everything, leaving just a single pea for the mouse to eat. But the pea is all the mouse needs to enjoy a simple meal, teaching the importance of being thankful for the small and simple things in life.
In Thanks for Thanksgiving children learn about the importance of being thankful for the small and big things in life. The last page of the book includes space for children to write down what they are thankful for, making it an ideal book to pull out each year and reflect on what you were thankful for in the past and at the present time.
Peter thinks his house is noisy until the village wise man teaches him a lesson in perspective. Too Much Noise is a simple story about an old man searching for silence and learning that sometimes you have to have a little noise so you can appreciate the quiet.
Stone Soup is a classic tale. This version is retold by Muth and set in China, where strangers trick a suspicious village into sharing their food. They learn to become a community again through trust and generosity.
An elderly couple decides to go out for Thanksgiving dinner and finds a restaurant that is closed because the family is celebrating with relatives. The Thanksgiving Door shares a wonderful message about the importance of including others during the holidays!
Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Bear Says Thanks is a great book for younger kids.
This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? will help readers realize just how lucky they truly are.
An Awesome Book of Thanks conveys, in pictures and simple yet beautiful language, all the ways one can be thankful, and all the different things in life to be thankful for.
Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make gratitude soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. Gratitude Soup is perfect for teaching children about gratitude with fun rhyming words and beautiful watercolor illustrations.