10 Children’s Books About Gratitude

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The power of books for our children can never be understated. Books are catalysts and conduits to learning about a world different from our own and also in understanding our own identities in society. As parents, we want to bring the world to our child’s fingertips, and books are precisely the channel that can unlock all the complexities and magnificence of life.

Books can help littles ones learn about appreciating the Earth or encourage them to explore a world outside of the four walls they live in. If we want them to learn another language, we can introduce them to bilingual books to expand their language development. If we want to encourage representation in children’s literature, we can add diverse picks to our little one’s bookshelves.

We are not only raising tiny humans, but our hope is to raise tiny good humans. We want to instill in them respect, kindness, responsibility, and empathy. Having us verbally discuss these virtues with our kids may not always help them understand the underlying message. This is where unlocking the power of reading can be inspiring and impactful for our children. Books have a unique way of conveying lessons on life that our littles can comprehend and appreciate.

To encourage acts of kindness and sentiments of gratitude, I’ve compiled a list of 10 books about gratitude for a variety of ages. By starting early, our children can slowly develop a philosophy that is rooted in gratitude and appreciation. It’s never too late to start these life lessons!

 

Gratitude Books for Babies and Toddlers

Greg Foley

Thank You Bear

Written in a beautifully illustrated picture board book format ideal for little hands, this heartwarming tale of Bear and his friends will captivate the hearts and minds of your little ones. Your child will go on a quest to uncover what is in Bear’s box. The surprise at the end will leave your child feeling all the warm fuzzies.

Liz Garton Scanlon

All the World

Life is made up of small things, and this Caldecott Honor story follows a family and their day affirming the great importance of even the smallest things.

Michael Dahl

Bear Says Thank You

Learning the importance of “thank you” and “please” is a valuable early lesson we can give to our kids. This board book follows Little Bear as he embarks on a new project where he needs the assistance of Mama Bear. He discovers how important it is to demonstrate gratitude for his Mama, as thankfulness and manners are positive attributes to possess.

 

Gratitude Books for Little Kids

Mo Willems

The Thank You Book

Part of the "Elephant and Piggie" series, The Thank You Book is about best friends Gerald and Piggie. Piggie wants to show gratitude to those around her by saying “thank you.” However, Gerald is worried that she might forget a special someone. You have to read to the end to discover if Piggie thanks all the right people along the way.

This is a great book for early readers too!

Mary Nhin

Grateful Ninja

Part of the "Ninja Life Hacks" series, Grateful Ninja is on a Five-Day Gratitude Challenge to be thankful for the simple things in life. Along his journey, he learns to open his heart and express appreciation, which are valuable characteristics to possess throughout his whole life.

Jane Cabrera

The Thank You Letter

Words of appreciation and gratitude matter. Grace learns that first hand when she decides to write “thank you” letters to the guests from her party who demonstrated kindness to her. She soon discovers that expressing gratitude spreads joy and positivity to everyone around her.

Mary Lyn Ray

The Thank You Book

Beautifully illustrated and poetically written, this story encourages little ones to develop a pattern of gratitude and appreciation. There is always something—big or small—to be grateful for, and this book encourages children to embrace gratitude in a fun and accessible way.

Melissa Peck

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Life is a gift worthy of gratitude. From the smallest ant to the largest cloud, all elements of life deserve a “thank you.” This touching story reminds your child of the impact appreciation and positivity can have in their lives.

Alicia Ortego

Gratitude is My Superpower

Books from this “Superpower” series are inspiring and educational. This one follows suit with Little Betsy learning the value of gratitude and appreciation. She learns this lesson through the magic of her stone, but when she forgets to use it, she uncovers the source and power of her gratitude that has always lied within her.

Jamie L.B. Deenihan

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

This teachers' pick on Amazon helps teach young kids gratitude for gifts they receive as well as the power of earning over entitlement.

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