17 Best Children’S Books About Gratitude Update 05/2022

My kids are afraid of people and forget their etiquette until I tell them to do it again. In a quiet voice, they will say “thank you.” Then they will run away. Insisting that my kids say thank you for someone’s kindness is not a way for me to make their lives more difficult (contrary to what they might think). Instead, being grateful makes us happier and helps us get the most out of life, which makes us happier. When my kids are down, forget their manners, or need to be reminded of all the good things they have, I read these books about gratitude with them to help them remember.

Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney

A favorite Llama Llama learns to give thanks not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long. Anna Dewdney is known for her rhythmic style. 0–3 years old

Otis Gives Thanks by Loren Long

His home on the farm, the rain and sun that help grow the crops, fun games and hard work, and most of all, friendship and love. A great way to start learning to be grateful for toddlers and preschoolers. 0–3 years old

Thanks from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

You have shown me how to be kind to everyone, care for the trees, sky and oceans. You have also shown me that it’s important to be curious, gentle and brave. This book is a lovely way to say thank you to your friends and family. It has beautiful illustrations and a sweet message. Ages 2 to 5:

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

Bear finds a little box one morning. But what’s in there? This cute mystery picture book has a lot of colorful animals try to figure out what’s inside the box. They won’t find out what’s inside until the very end. Throughout Bear’s journey, he feels a wide range of emotions, from joy to uncertainty, but also gratitude and thankfulness for a great friend. Ages 2 to 5:

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! by Margaret Sutherland, illustrated by Sonja Lamut

This cute picture book tells kids what Thanksgiving is all about: giving thanks! Make sure your kids know how important it is to be grateful for everything they have, even if it’s just their family. Ages 3 to 5:

The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings by Jan Berenstain and Stan Berenstain

My kids love the Berenstain Bears and read their books over and over again. They pay attention to every word in their books. Here, our favorite bear family gets ready for a big storm. They are afraid, but Mama and Papa tell them that they are safe and loved, which is a good reminder for all of us to be grateful for what we have. Ages 3 to 7:

I Am Thankful by Suzy Capozzi, illustrated by Eren Unten

During Thanksgiving, a young boy thinks about all the good things in his life, even when things don’t go as planned. Ages 4 to 6:

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

There are a lot of high-top sneakers at school. Jeremy wants a pair for himself, and everyone else has one. It’s not that he doesn’t need anything else. What he needs and what his grandmother can afford are new boots for winter. Heartwarming story about the value of giving and appreciating what you have. Ages 5 to 8:

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

This heartwarming picture book is based on the author’s own story. It tells kids to thank the teachers who spend so much time teaching, shaping, and encouraging them. Ages 5 to 8:

My First Gratitude Journal by Creative Journals for Kids

As social scientists have been telling us for years, being grateful is good for our health, and “gratitude exercises” are even better. This cute journal gives kids a chance to write and draw about what they’re grateful for every day. It’s also a great thing to keep. Gretchen Rubin’s One-Sentence Journal for the Happiness Project is a great way for grown-ups to get in on the fun, as well. Ages 5 to 9:

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss

This book is the perfect pick-me-up for kids because Dr. Seuss, in all his rhyming glory, tells them how lucky they are. Ages 5 to 9:

White Bird: A Wonder Story by R . J. Palacio

For his school report on his family history, Julian from the popular Wonder world interviews his grandmother. She tells him about growing up in France during WWII and getting life-saving shelter from a boy she and her friends had previously turned down. A heartfelt and beautiful graphic novel that makes you grateful for friendship, forgiveness, and small acts of kindness. (Age 8 to 12):

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and Iman Geddy

A graphic novel called When Stars Are Scattered tells the story of two young Somali brothers growing up in a refugee camp. It is based on the real-life story of how the brothers came of age. Narrative: Omar and Hassan’s problems and grief aren’t hidden from the story. It also shows their strength and love for each other, even in the face of unimaginable hardship. (Age 8 to 12):

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Always choose Roald Dahl. It’s a fun story about an orphaned boy who becomes friends with seven magical bugs he meets inside a magical peach. It’s a good story for when your child isn’t grateful for what they have. (Age 8 to 12):

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

When you think of the scene in Little Women where the rabble-rousing sisters walk through the snow to give their Christmas dinner to people who didn’t have enough, think of this: It doesn’t matter that their father is away at war and they have to make do with what they have. The young women, who often get their ideas from gracious Beth, know that they have everything they need in each other. (Age 8 to 12):

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

During the Nazis’ rule in Nazi-occupied Germany, Liesel Meminger lives with foster parents. She befriends the young Jewish man that her foster parents are taking care of. It gets darker and darker around them. Max shows Liesel how words can be life-giving. A heartwarming indoor snowball fight by Liesel is a powerful reminder that even on the darkest of days, when we’re together, there is still happiness to be found in the company of each other. This is a young person.

Tiny Gratitudes by Brooke Rothshank

In fact, there isn’t a rule that says you can only be grateful for the big, exciting things in your life. You can be grateful for things that happen every day, like good food and purring cats. Tiny Gratitudes is the work of artist Brooke Rothshank, who does a gratitude exercise every day for a year. It’s a great way to remember to slow down and pay attention. This is a young person.

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